Cash-at-judge’s-door scam: Another judge introduced businessman to Justice Yadav

CBI lawyer says Singh,Yadav friendship ‘inaugurated by a judicial officer’

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh | Published: July 17, 2013 4:14 am

It was another judge who had introduced Ravinder Singh to Justice (retd) Nirmal Yadav some 12 years back. Delhi-based businessman,Ravinder Singh,co-accused in the ‘cash at judge’s door scam’ was introduced by Satish Ahlawat to Justice (retd) Yadav when she was serving as Registrar of Punjab and Haryana High Court between 2000-2001.

Significantly,Satish Ahlawat,has been made a prosecution witness by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). This was revealed by CBI special public prosecutor Anupam Gupta to the special CBI Court,Chandigarh today during the resumed trial. Till now it was not known as to how Ravinder Singh,an ordinary businessman,came in close contact with a senior High Court judge.

In his statement to the CBI,Satish Ahlawat has revealed that,sometime between 2000 and 2001,Yadav was facing difficulty in obtaining passport/visa for her daughter Suruchi for which she had contacted him. Ahlawat was then serving as legal remembrancer-cum-Deputy Secretary,Personnel,Chandigarh. He remained at the post in Chandigarh from 1999 to June 2001.

To get the work done,Ahlawat had contacted his friend P P Singh,who was then serving as Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP),New Delhi. It was the ACP who had told Ahlawat that Ravinder Singh could get the work done. In his statement ( a copy of which is with Newsline) Ahlawat has said he passed on Ravinder’s mobile number to Justice (retd) Yadav. The three,Justice Yadav,Ahlawat and Ravinder Singh also met once at Yadav’s office in Chandigarh regarding this matter (passport of Yadav’s daughter).

Ravinder Singh then went on to become an “inseparable part of the judicial world of Justice (retd) Yadav”,CBI prosecutor Anupam Gupta said while submitting that the relationship (between Yadav and Ravinder) was “inaugurated by a judicial officer (Ahlawat)”.

The CBI lawyer said Ravinder Singh “assiduosly cultivated and nurtured this relationship and Yadav fully reciprocated”. He further stated,“It was not a stray,random or desultory relationship. The intensity,range and quality of this multi-faceted relation is indicated in the hundreds of phone calls exchanged between the two”.

The Judge (Ahlawat) has known Nirmal Yadav since 1987 when she was Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADJ),Gurgaon. Ahlawat was then a Judicial Magistrate (First class) in Gurgaon.

Senior Delhi Police officer introduced Judge to Ravinder Singh

Interestingly,Ahlawat came in contact with Ravinder Singh through P P Singh,former ACP,New Delhi. It was in 1997 that Ahlawat and P P Singh attended a training in advanced criminology at Rohini for a week. During the training,Ravinder Singh was introduced as a “friend”. Ahlawat (in his statement to the CBI) has further stated that P P Singh had taken eight to ten trainees out “for shopping” in Karol Bagh. At that time,the statement reads,they (Ahlawat and others) had also visited Ridge View Hotel (run by Ravinder Singh) where they had dinner. “There was nothing to arouse suspicion as he (Ravinder) was a friend of P P Singh. At that time I had no real/intimate contact with Ravinder but at the behest of P P Singh I requested Ravinder to look into the matter (Yadav’s daughter passport)”,reads the statement of Ahlawat.

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