CBI team visits Himachal to probe cash-for-judge scam

September 2nd, 2008 - 11:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Sep 2 (IANS) A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from Delhi visited Himachal Pradesh Tuesday to investigate a controversial land deal involving a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, an official said.The special investigation team collected documents relating to the land deal at Rehun village on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road in Solan district.

“The CBI officials collected records of the land deal from revenue officials,” the official said.

“The records pertaining to grant of permission to buy the land and execution of sale deed were collected,” he added.

The land deal involving 18 buyers - including Justice Nirmal Yadav, her daughter Suruchi, and three family members of her brother Ajay Yadav, a Haryana Congress minister - has come under focus after the cash-for-judge scam rocked the judicial circles in Chandigarh last month.

Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Nirmaljit Kaur alerted authorities after former Haryana additional advocate general Sanjeev Bansal’s assistant delivered a packet containing Rs.1.5 million in cash at her door. Bansal later said the cash was meant for another person and it was part of a land deal.

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