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Cash-at-judge’s door: Justice Yadav says probe biased

Indicted by an in-house inquiry committee in the Rs 15 lakh scandal,Justice Nirmal Yadav of the Punjab and Haryana High Court....

Written by Pradeep Kaushal | New Delhi | Published: February 1, 2009 11:55 pm

Indicted by an in-house inquiry committee in the Rs 15 lakh scandal,Justice Nirmal Yadav of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has sought to turn the heat on a Supreme Court judge and two fellow high court judges,including Justice Nirmaljit Kaur.

“I have a right to reject the report as the same has been conducted in a lopsided manner,” Justice Yadav has said in her reply to the Chief Justice of India. She has demanded that the probe into the cash-at-judge’s-door scam cover all the judges concerned. “Unless a probe is ordered into all the allegations against all the judges concerned,I refuse to submit to such informal procedure,” she has declared in her second reply,dated January 27,to the report.

Justice Yadav contended that “conflicting material against me has been accepted” on the basis of “mere probability,” while “clear pointers in the direction of Justice Kaur and the SC judge have been ignored.” She sought to know why the committee did not record the statement of the SC judge and the high court judge who were present at Justice Kaur’s residence at the time of the receipt of cash. She said the panel would have examined the call records between the SC judge’s son and prime accused Sanjiv Bansal if its motive had been to ascertain the truth. Justice Yadav said she was not aware whether the sum of Rs 15 lakh delivered at Justice Kaur’s residence was for her or someone else,“but I am certain it was always intended to be delivered at her residence”.

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