Three serving judges, three designated senior lawyers and three senior police officers are among the 84 prosecution witnesses listed by the CBI in its chargesheet in the cash-at-judge’s-door case involving Justice (retd) Nirmal Yadav.
Of these nine, Justice Nirmaljit Kaur was a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court when the alleged incident occurred. Presently, Kaur is a judge of the Rajasthan High Court.
It was at the residence of Kaur in Sector 11 that the packet of Rs 15 lakh was “mistakenly delivered”. It was at her instance that the Chandigarh Police was called and the amount seized. The FIR dated August 16, 2008 is based on the written complaint by Kaur’s peon as dictated by her.
Rajesh Kumar, a retired special commissioner of police, Delhi, headed the Chandigarh Police as IG during 2003-2005. A friend of co-accused and Delhi businessman Ravinder Singh, Kumar was approached by Ravinder Singh to intercede with the Chandigarh Police to not register an FIR, says the CBI chargesheet.
The CBI claims that Kumar has revealed that after initially holding back Justice Nirmal Yadav’s name, Ravinder Singh had disclosed to Kumar that the money was actually meant for Yadav.
Another judge, Raj Kumar Jain, the then sub-divisional judicial magistrate in Sonepat, was the losing party in the appeal decided by Justice Yadav relating to a disputed Panchkula plot. It was for this judgment, as per the CBI, that Yadav was paid Rs 15 lakh by lawyer and co-accused in the case Sanjiv Bansal through Ravinder Singh.
Jain had initially denied any telephonic conversation with either Ravinder Singh or Bansal. However, when confronted by the CBI with call details on and before the day of the judgment, Jain had conceded that Ravinder Singh was mediating between him and Bansal, who was the counsel for the victorious party.
He also admitted that after the judgment, he had given an affidavit to Bansal undertaking to not file an appeal in the Supreme Court. He had given this affidavit on the assurance of being paid Rs 15 lakh by Bansal. Jain is presently posted at Rewari.
Another judge, Satish Ahlawat, the then presiding officer