The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) submitted the status report with regards to their investigation in the cash-at-judges-door scandal on Tuesday. While a chargesheet is yet to be submitted,the CBI placed a detailed account of their day-to-day investigation since the filing of the case in the special CBI Court of Jagdeep Jain.
The status report states that the investigation in the case has reached an advanced stage and that the investigating agency is awaiting the CFSL reports. The CBI also sought time to submit the chargesheet stating that the process of scrutinising call details of those named in the scam was under progress.
Meanwhile,the defence counsel also moved an application in the court seeking that the main accused,Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh,be discharged from the case. Ravinder Singhs counsel moved an application stating that no provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act have been made out in the case and thus,its very registration was illegal. The application also states that because of the sensitivity of the case,first the Chandigarh police and then the CBI dragged the matter.
The application further reads that Ravinder is hardly concerned with the case as there is no evidence with the CBI to prosecute him under Sections 8 and 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act or Under Section 120-B of the IPC.
Pleading that his business in Delhi was suffering and with the case making no headway,the petition sought that he be discharged from the case straightway. The application will come up for hearing on February 20.
The scandal broke on August 13,2008,when Rs 15 lakh was delivered at the residence of a judge of the High Court,Justice Nirmaljit Singh Kaur. It was later alleged that the money,delivered by a clerk of a senior Haryana law officer,was actually meant for another judge of the High Court,Justice Nirmal Yadav,but was delivered to the wrong house. A fortnight later,the CBI took over the case on the request of the Chandigarh Administration. Justice Yadav has since proceeded on leave. It was alleged that the money was routed by former additional advocate general Sanjeev Bansal via a clerk at the behest of Ravinder Singh.