CBI special court Vimal Kumar on Monday directed all accused in the cash-at-judge's-door scam, including justice Nirmal Yadav, a retired high court judge, to remain present in the court on November 26, when the court is likely to frame charges.
Yadav had sought exemption from personal appearance on Monday citing health grounds, but CBI special prosecutor Anupam Gupta termed the plea as "pretence".
Yadav was named as an accused in the case registered by the CBI in August 2008 under the Prevention of Corruption Act, along with Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh, former additional advocate general of Haryana Sanjiv Bansal, Chandigarh-based businessman Rajiv Gupta, and and one Nirmal Singh. All accused, except Yadav and Ravinder Singh, who too had sought exemption on health grounds, were present in the court.
Earlier, the Yadav's counsel had sought adjournment of the case saying that her revision petition challenging the order of the CBI special court dated July 31 through which the court had ordered framing of charges under Section 11 of the Prevention of Corruption Act was pending with the Punjab and Haryana high court.
However, the court said there was no stay on proceedings so the court could proceed with the framing of charges. Thus, it directed all accused to be present before it on November 26, when it is likely to frame charges.
The case had made headlines after `15 lakh were delivered wrongly at the residence of justice Nirmaljit Kaur, another judge of the high court, on August 13, 2008, following which she reported the matter to the Chandigarh Police.
Investigations, which were subsequently handed over to CBI, revealed that the money was meant for justice Nirmal Yadav. It was on March 4, 2011, when the CBI had filed a chargesheet against Yadav and four others under sections 11 and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, section 120B (criminal conspiracy), section 193 (related to false evidence) read with section 192 (fabricating false evidence), section 196 (using evidence known to be false) and section 199 (false statement made in declaration) of the IPC.
On July 31, the court had ordered framing of charges against the accused.