The Bar Council of India (BCI) on Saturday demanded a CBI probe into the 'cash-at-judge's-house' scam in Chandigarh that has forced Justice Nirmal Yadav of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to proceed on leave.
The BCI has requested Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan to order a probe by an independent agency.
“Those at the helm of affairs of the judiciary should look into the matter in right earnest so that the institution of judiciary which has enjoyed the highest regard in India may not be lowered,” said BCI Chairman , SNP Sinha.
On reports of the Ghaziabad provident fund scam, allegedly involving 36 judges of the Allahabad HC and subordinate UP courts, he said it was not a good sign for the judiciary.
BCI member from Punjab, RA Gupta, too voiced concern over scams hitting the judiciary.
Asked about the government's dilly-dallying on the Judges (Inquiry) Bill, Sinha said if passed, the Bill could have helped in dealing with erring judges.
“I don't know why the government has decided not to introduce it in Parliament in the Monsoon Session,” the BCI Chairman said.
The ‘cash-at-judge’s-house’ came to light on August 13 when Rs 15 lakh was mistakenly delivered at Justice Nirmaljit Kaur’s home. Justice Kaur lodged a police complaint. The following day, another sum of Rs 15 lakh was delivered at Justice Nirmal Yadav’s home by Bansal’s friend, Rajiv Gupta.