Flip-flop: ‘Paid Rs 10 lakh to one of the touts of ADJ’

Manjit had levelled allegations about a bribe being demanded by two “middlemen” of the judge.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:November 19, 2013 5:57 am

Manjit Singh had petitioned the Punjab and Haryana High Court last week seeking transfer of his trial from the court of ADJ Najar Singh.

Manjit had levelled allegations about a bribe being demanded by two “middlemen” of the judge. Refusing to even issue notices,the High Court had adjourned the case to November 25 after Manjit requested it to produce “additional evidence”.

Interestingly,while in his original petition,he claimed innocence and demanded transfer of the trial on the grounds that he had “refused’ to pay bribe,in an application moved in the High Court on Monday,Manjit claimed that he had paid a bribe of Rs 10 lakh to one of the “touts” of the ADJ. He claimed to have paid the “bribe money” at the residence of one of the “touts” in Sector 6,Panchkula,to his wife.

In the application filed on Monday,Manjit also claimed that he was “instructed” by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to record a conversation between him and the “touts” of the judge. He claimed to have given a formal complaint to the CBI on October 15 and said one Naresh Kumar was appointed as an officer by the CBI in his case.

Rubbishing the claims,the CBI’s Chandigarh unit SP Vineet Brij Lal said,“He never approached us with any formal complaint,nor did we direct him to record the conversations. He is telling a white lie.”

The High Court took the application on record and fixed it for hearing for November 25,the day Manjit’s original petition will come up for hearing.

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