Granting seven days' extension, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday directed the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge, Chandigarh, to frame charges in the cash-at-judge's-door scam by August 1. In the scandal that had surfaced in August 2008, the central figure is since-retired high court judge Nirmal Yadav.
The extension in deadline was granted by the court headed by justice Paramjeet Singh while taking up the application sent by special CBI judge Vimal Kumar. The special judge had informed the HC that since the earlier extension of 10 days expired on July 22, some more time would be required as the arguments were still in progress.
In August 2008, a parcel containing Rs. 15 lakh -- allegedly meant for justice Nirmal Yadav for a favourable ruling in a Panchkula land dispute -- had been delivered at the house of her namesake HC justice Nirmaljit Kaur.