Friday, March 4, 2011

Chargesheet against justice Nirmal Yadav

Chandigarh: A day after Justice Nirmal Yadav retired from the Uttarakhand High Court, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed a chargesheet against her in the cash-in-bag scam case.

The scam had rocked the judiciary in 2008, when a packet containing Rs 15 lakh was wrongly delivered at the residence of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Later, it was found the money was meant for another judge of the same HC ^ Justice Nirmal Yadav. There was an initial flurry of denials and delays plagued launching a probe against a judge.
`Investigation has established that Justice Yadav being a public servant, in the capacity of a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, obtained an amount of Rs 15 lakh and other valuable things without consideration from Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Bhasin,’’ the chargesheets said.
Others accused were advocate Sanjiv Bansal, Delhibased hotelier Ravinder Bhasin, Chandigarh-based businessman Rajiv Gupta and Nirmal Singh.
The 23-page chargesheet also said Justice Yadav knew advocate Bansal and had obtained an air ticket from him.
The chargesheet was filed under Sections 11 and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), 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). It was filed before the special CBI judge Ritu Tagore at district court in Chandigarh.
CBI alleged that advocate Bansal had appeared before Justice Yadav in a case (RSA no. 550 of 2007), in which verdict was pronounced in Bansal’s favour. The HC judge had also obtained Rs 2.5 lakh from Ravinder Bhasin and was found using a mobile phone that was in his name. The chargesheet contains the three-page President’s note sanctioning prosecution.

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