Details emerging in the cash at judges door case,in which Justice (retd) Nirmal Yadav also stands chargesheeted,have revealed that Delhi businessman Ravinder Singh,one of the accused in the case,had apparently ditched his lawyer friend and co-accused Sanjiv Bansal on two occasions,apparently being scared of the police both times.
Ravinder Singh himself told the CBI,in his statement,that he lied to Sanjiv Bansal and refused to sign an affidavit which said that the packet of Rs 15 lakh was to be delivered to Justice (retd) Nirmal Yadav. Reason: the language of the affidavit,prepared by Bansal,appeared to be against him (Ravinder Singh).
To explain their situation by creating a false alibi,Ravinder Singh and Sanjiv Bansal had decided to visit the police station in Chandigarh on August 16,2008.
Ravinder Singh had come down to Chandigarh from Delhi with another friend. The plan was to meet the Chandigarh Police officers and get the dispute resolved. Till then,no FIR was registered by the Chandigarh Police. However,minutes before Ravinder Singh and Sanjiv Bansal were to reach the police station,the former was telephonically informed that an FIR was registered.
On learning this,Ravinder Singh immediately decided to flee to Delhi. He received a phone call from Sanjiv Bansal who wanted to know his location. Ravinder Singh lied to Sanjiv Bansal and told him (Bansal) that he was heading to Paonta Sahib. Sanjiv Bansal wanted Ravinder Singh to meet him at his (Bansal) hotel in Rajpura to discuss further course of action but fearing arrest,Ravinder Singh decided not to go to the hotel and returned to Delhi.
Interestingly,earlier during the day (August 16,2008),Ravinder Singh was introduced to one Nirmal Singh and was then taken to Sector 16,Panchkula,to show him the disputed plot for Justice Yadav which was allegedly given for Rs 15 lakh to decide the dispute in favour of Sanjiv Bansals client. The plot was shown to Ravinder Singh so that he could identify it,if asked by the Chandigarh Police. This was revealed by Ravinder Singh to the CBI in his statement.
Ravinder Singh also revealed that two days later (August 18,2008),Sanjiv Bansal with Rajiv Gupta and three other friends came to Delhi and asked Ravinder Singh to give an affidavit that Rs 15 lakh were sent by him for Justice Yadav. Ravinder Singh was further told that he should state in the affidavit that the money was wrongly delivered at the residence of Justice Nirmlajit Kaur.
Ravinder Singh then purchased a stamp paper (of Rs 10) from a stamp vendor in New Delhi,and prepared an affidavit. However,he refused to sign the affidavit as its language seemed against him (Singh). Sanjiv Bansal then returned to Chandigarh the same night and surrendered before the Chandigarh Police.