Chandigarh: A special CBI court in Chandigarh on Wednesday issued fresh summons to former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Nirmal Yadav in connection with the “Rs 15 lakh cash-at-judge’s door” scam as earlier notice seeking her personal appearance was not served.

The CBI court served another notice to her and the next hearing will take place on July 9.
During the last hearing, the probe agency had issued notices to Solicitor General of Punjab Sanjeev Bansal, hoteliers Ravinder Singh, Rajeev Gupta and Nirmal Singh, besides naming Justice Yadav, who was posted as a Judge in the Punjab and Haryana High Court when the alleged scam surfaced.

While four other accused in the case were present, Justice Yadav did not appear in the Court on Wednesday.

Taking cognizance of the offences in the charge sheet filed by the CBI against Justice Yadav, the Special Judge had issued notices to her for personal appearance on Wednesday. The charge sheet against Justice Yadav was filed after President Pratibha Patil gave clearance for her prosecution.

Justice Yadav had filed a petition against in Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the President’s approval to the CBI to file the charge sheet against her. The hearing on the petition is to take place on May 20.

The case had rocked the Punjab and Haryana High Court after Rs 15 lakh was wrongly delivered at the residence of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, another judge of the High Court in Chandigarh, on August 13, 2008 following which she reported the matter to the Chandigarh Police. The money was said to have been delivered there due to confusion over names.

The agency had filed a charge sheet against Justice Yadav and four others for alleged criminal conspiracy and corruption.

The CBI had submitted a 126-page documentary evidence in the case.

 

(JPN/Bureau)