Cash at judge’s door: CBI files chargesheet
The CBI on Friday charge-sheeted justice Nirmal Yadav, 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, more than a year after the case hit the headlines.
The chargesheet was filed against justice Yadav, Sanjeev Bansal, former additional advocate general, Haryana, Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh, property dealer Rajiv Gupta and realtor Nirmal Singh. It will come up for hearing before CBI special judge Ritu Tagore on April 6.
The CBI held justice Yadav had committed an offence punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, while Singh, Bansal and Gupta were charge-sheeted under the same law.
The CBI added that Bansal, Gupta and Singh had also committed offences under different sections of the IPC.
In the chargesheet, the CBI mentioned Singh asked Bansal to expedite the delivery of R15 lakh to justice Yadav on August 13, 2008. The money was for purchasing land in Solan district, Himachal Pradesh.
Bansal, who was on his way to Chandigarh from Delhi, told his wife to get the amount delivered through clerk Parkash Ram. Inadvertently, Ram reached justice Nirmaljit Kaur’s residence and gave the packet of money to peon Amrik Singh.
The CBI stated that Bansal, on realising the blunder, cooked up the story that the packet was meant to be delivered to Nirmal Singh, not Justice Nirmaljit. On Bansal’s directions, his friend and business partner Gupta persuaded Singh to give a false statement before the police.