Such was the close association between the two,that Justice Nirmal Yadav met Ravinder Singh,co accused in the infamous cash at judges door scam,despite the fact that he was wanted by the police and she was then a sitting High Court judge.
This meeting at the Delhi airport took place on August 17,2008,a day after Ravinder Singh was booked by the Chandigarh police for offering a bribe of Rs 15 lakhs to a High Court Judge. They met because Yadav had to her collect air tickets from Ravinder Singh. This was revealed by Justice Yadav herself to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Her four page statement,part of the confidential report sent by the CBI to the then Chief Justice of India,was read out by CBI special public prosecutor Anupam Gupta during arguments.
Pleading innocence,Justice Yadav had told CBI that Ravinder Singh told her that lawyer Sanjiv Bansal,another co accused,was pressurising him (Ravinder) to tell Yadav that Ravinder had sent the money for Solan land deal. Yadav further told CBI that she had advised Ravinder Singh to meet the authorities and explain to them that he had not done anything wrong.
When asked about the delivery of Rs 15 lakh,Yadav had told the CBI that she learnt about the scam only on the evening of August 14,2008 after she returned from Solan.
Yadav flatly denied that she spoke to Ravinder Singh on August 13 and 14,2008. However,CBI produced call records to show that as many as ten phone calls were exchanged between the two on these days. She denied speaking with Ravinder Singh on the two dates but disclosed that she had met Singh on August 17,2008 at Delhi Airport.
Yadav also told CBI that her association with Ravinder Singh was a few years old and that she was introduced to him at the residence of a senior High Court Judge Justice R L Anand on some social occasion. The statement assumes significance as Ravinder Singh had also revealed that whenever he used to visit Chandigarh he used to stay at the residence of Justice (retd) R L Anand (then a sitting High Court Judge).
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