Ex-judge gets bail in cash-in-bag case

August 27th, 2011 - 4:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Aug 27 (IANS) Former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Nirmal Yadav was Saturday granted bail by a CBI court here in the multi-million-rupee cash-in-bag scam which rocked this union territory in 2008.

Yadav, who was also a judge in the Uttarakhand High Court, personally appeared before the trial court judge in the district courts complex here following a direction by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

She furnished a bail bond of Rs.25,000.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court directed her to be present at the next date of hearing Sep 16.

Yadav, who arrived almost 30 minutes after hearing of her case started in the court, did not speak to the media.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court was hit by this scam after a packet containing Rs.15 lakh in cash was delivered Aug 13, 2008, at the Sector 11 residence of the then newly- appointed high court Judge Nirmaljit Kaur.

She complained to the police and got a case registered.

Yadav was a sitting judge in the high court here when the scam was reported.

The police later arrested the then Haryana additional advocate general, Sanjeev Bansal, a property dealer Rajiv Gupta and Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh in this connection.

Bansal and Gupta told the police that the money was meant for Nirmal Yadav. They claimed that another packet containing Rs.15 lakh was separately delivered to Yadav at her Sector 24 official residence later after the first packet was wrongly delivered to the other woman judge.

Yadav, who went on leave after the episode surfaced, was later transferred to the Uttarakhand High Court.

While the case was transferred from Chandigarh Police to the CBI, the Supreme Court also set up a committee of senior judges to investigative the matter separately.

The CBI had filed a chargesheet against Yadav for corruption, conspiracy, destroying evidence and creation of false evidence.

Besides the chargesheet, the CBI also submitted a 126-page documentary evidence in the case.

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