The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday stayed the framing of charges by a special CBI Court against Justice (retd) Nirmal Yadav and other accused in the 2008 cash at judges door scam.
Justice N K Sanghi admitted the revision petition filed by Yadav against the CBI Courts July 31 order for framing of charges against her and the other accused in the case. The CBI court was expected to frame charges during the next hearing on September 16.
Justice Sanghi ordered that Yadavs petition be heard within three months. The HC also sought the entire trial court record in the case.
Yadavs counsel,S K Garg Narwana,contended that there is no direct evidence against her in the case. Yadav,in her petition,contended that the entire approach of the trial court is illegal,erroneous and untenable in the eyes of law.
In his judgment on July 31,special CBI Judge Vimal Kumar had ruled that there is overwhelming evidence against Yadav and other accused in the scam. The CBI Court also pointed out that there were direct contradictions between the statements given by Yadav and the other accused.
In August 2008,a parcel containing Rs 15 lakh allegedly meant for Justice Nirmal Yadav of the Punjab and Haryana High Court was mistakenly delivered to Justice Nirmaljit Kaur.
On March 3,2011,a day before she retired as a Judge of the Uttarakhand High Court,the CBI chargesheeted her in the scam. Yadav was the first ever sitting High Court Judge in the country to be chargesheeted in a corruption case.