In A damaging judgment,a special CBI court in Chandigarh has held that there is overwhelming evidence against Justice (retd) Nirmal Yadav and other accused in the cash-at-judges door scam.
Special CBI Judge Vimal Kumar has also termed the defence stand as being untenable.
The judgment,ordering framing of charges against Yadav and others,was made available on Monday.
The CBI court,on July 31,had pronounced that charges under Prevention of Corruption Act (for accepting bribe) will be framed against Justice Yadav while the four co-accused will face trial for allegedly offering bribes. Charges will be framed against Yadav on August 12.
In a shot in the arm for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),Judge Vimal Kumar has ruled that the sanction to prosecute Yadav,granted by the President,is valid.
In its 63-page order,the court has pointed out that direct contradictions between the statements of Justice Yadav and other accused. Justice Nirmal Yadav has denied all facts dated August 13,2008 and August 14,2008 in toto,although other accused have admitted the same to some extent, the judgment reads.
The finding is significant as Justice Yadav has flatly denied receiving Rs 15 lakh on August 13 and 14,2008,allegedly sent by Delhi businessman Ravinder Singh through lawyer Sanjiv Bansal. Singh and Bansal,however,clearly submitted that the packet was sent and received by Justice Yadav.
This direct contradiction was pointed out by special CBI public prosecutor Anupam Gupta in his arguments.