CBI special judge Vimal Kumar on Saturday adjourned the hearing of the infamous cash at judge's doorstep case, in which retired high court judge justice Nirmal Yadav is an accused, till May 18.
When the case came up for hearing on Saturday, CBI special public prosecutor Anupam Gupta sought adjournment of the case in the wake of the fact that the former judge's application is pending before the Punjab and Haryana high court.
The case had hit headlines after Rs. 15 lakh was delivered at the house of justice Nirmaljit Kaur, another judge of the high court, on August 13, 2008. Justice Kaur had reported the matter to the Chandigarh police. Investigations were subsequently handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Investigations had reveled that the money was actually meant for justice Yadav.
CBI special court had declined justice Yadav's plea of issuing photocopies of the documents in which her prosecution was sanctioned though the court had allowed her to peruse them with a help of a stenographer. Justice Yadav had moved the high court challenging the denial by the CBI court.
All the accused, except Justice Yadav, who had sought exemption citing ill health, and Ravinder Singh Bhasin, who went abroad with court's permission to attend a private function, were present in the court.
On March 4, 2011, the CBI had filed a chargesheet against justice Nirmal Yadav and four others under Sections 11 and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), Section 193 (false evidence) read with Section 192 fabricating evidence), Section 196 (using evidence known to be false) and Section 199 (false statement made in declaration) of the IPC.
Former additional advocate general of Haryana, Sanjeev Bansal, Delhi-based hotelier, Ravinder Singh Bhasin, Chandigarh-based businessman, Rajiv Gupta, and Nirmal Singh are also named as accused in the case.
Bansal seeks discharge, CBI seeks time to file reply
One of the accused in the case, Haryana's former additional advocate general Sanjeev Bansal had moved an application urging the court to discharge him. The CBI was expected to file a reply, but on Saturday sought more time to do so. Bansal had claimed that he should be discharged, saying that no case was made out against him. In his plea, Bansal said the chargesheet filed by the CBI was in conflict with the findings of the Gokhle Committee, which was constituted to look into the allegations after a case had been registered. Bansal told the court that CBI had failed to give additional evidence in the case after re-investigation in the case.