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CBI seeks sanction to book Justice Yadav in land deal now

The CBI,which is probing the “cash-at-judge’s-door” scam involving Justice Nirmal Yadav of the Punjab and Haryana High Court...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 18, 2009 1:19 am

The CBI,which is probing the “cash-at-judge’s-door” scam involving Justice Nirmal Yadav of the Punjab and Haryana High Court,is learnt to have sought sanction of the Union Law Ministry to register a case against Yadav and some others,including her relatives,in connection with a land deal in Solan,Himachal Pradesh.

A day after the scam hit headlines,it came to light that 18 people,including Yadav,had purchased land in Rihun village of Solan. The Himachal Pradesh Revenue Department had thereafter ordered an inquiry as to whether the land deal was in violation of the Himachal Pradesh Land Reforms and Tenancy Act,1972.

Yadav already stands indicted by a three-judge in-house panel for her role in questionable property deals.

In its report,the in-house committee had referred to Rs 15 lakh being delivered at Yadav’s residence on August 14 last year,a day after an assistant to former Haryana Additional Advocate General Sanjeev Bansal mistakenly delivered a parcel containing Rs 15 lakh at the residence of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur of the same court.

The CBI has already requested the Centre to grant sanction to prosecute Justice Yadav in the “cash-at-judge’s-door” scam for allegedly receiving Rs 15 lakh from a Delhi-based hotelier.

Sources in the Law Ministry said the agency had sought sanction to register a case against Yadav for allegedly having played a key role in the purchase and registration of land at Solan,in connivance with Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh and others.

The CBI has informed the Government that during questioning the tehsildar of the area where the property is situated acknowledged that he used to receive calls from Yadav. The tehsildar told the CBI sleuths that Yadav allegedly used to give him instructions from time to time.

In its report,the CBI has appended the tehsildar’s statement and also given details of phone calls made by Yadav to him to ensure that the land registration went off smoothly.

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