The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file its reply by March 21 on former judge Nirmal Yadav's petition challenging Chandigarh special CBI court's orders denying the photocopies of her prosecution sanction record.
The revision petition filed by justice Yadav, main accused in the 2008 cash-at-judge's-door case, against the special CBI court's order dated February 2 came up for hearing before the court of justice Ranjit Singh. The petitioner has also sought stay on further proceedings of the trial court on framing of charges against her.
The special CBI judge, Chandigarh, had on February 2 dismissed justice Yadav's application filed on January 16, seeking photocopies of the record summoned by the trial court from the registrar general of the Supreme Court and the union ministry of law and justice regarding consideration of the issue of her prosecution sanction.
"All accused and their counsel are at liberty to inspect the record and prepare notes either in hand or through stenographer," the CBI court had stated.
However, in her petition in the high court, justice Yadav has stated that once the prosecution and the trial court had no objection in allowing the petitioner to inspect the records, there arises no reason to deny the photocopies of the record which was voluminous.
On November 11, 2010, the high court had given the nod for justice Yadav's prosecution and it was on March 1, 2011, that the President of India had granted her prosecution sanction.
The case had come to fore in August 2008, when a parcel containing Rs. 15 lakh - allegedly meant for justice Nirmal Yadav of the Punjab and Haryana high court - had been handed over to justice Nirmaljit Kaur of the same court by Prakash Ram, a clerk of Sanjiv Bansal, former additional advocate general, Haryana.