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CBI to go ahead with framing of charges against Nirmal Yadav

india Updated: Nov 12, 2013 16:25 IST

The Special CBI Court here hasdecided to go ahead with framing of charges against former high court Judge Nirmal Yadav and other accused in the cash-at-judge's door case of 2008.

The Court yesterday directed Yadav and other accused in the case to appear before it on November 26.

Yadav had sought exemption from personal appearance citing health grounds, but CBI special prosecutor Anupam Gupta had termed it as "pretence".

Earlier, Yadav's counsel had sought adjournment of the case on the grounds that her revision petition challenging the CBI special court order of July 31 was pending before the Punjab and Haryana high court.

However, the CBI court said there was no stay on proceedings and therefore, the court could proceed with framing of the charges.

On July 31, the CBI Court here had accepted the CBI charge sheet for framing of charges in the case against former Punjab and Haryana high court Judge and other accused.

The other accused in the case are Sanjiv Bansal, former Additional Advocate General, Haryana, Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh, city-based businessman Rajiv Gupta and one Nirmal Singh.

The case had hit headlines after a packet containing Rs 15 lakh was allegedly wrongly delivered at residence of Nirmaljit Kaur, who was also High Court judge, in 2008.

The matter was reported to the Chandigarh Police, but the case was later handed over to the CBI.

The CBI on March 4, 2011 charge-sheeted Justice Nirmal Yadav, who was then a judge in the Uttarakhand High Court, in the cash-at-judge's-door case on the day of her retirement.

She had been transferred from the Punjab and Haryana High Court in November 2009.

The CBI held that justice Yadav had committed an offence punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, while the court had also ordered framing of charges against Bansal, Gupta and Singh under various Sections of the IPC including 120-B.