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Punjab’s former judge to be tried in cash-at-doorstep case

The court also pulled the former high court judge up for adopting delaying tactics.

A bench headed by Justice H L Dattu ticked off the former judge for filing multiple petitions in various courts to delay the trial court proceedings in the 2008 case.

Yadav had approached the apex court challenging the Punjab and Haryana high Court order, which had dismissed her plea against trial court’s proceedings. Yadav had moved the high court against the orders of the special CBI judge, Chandigarh, who had given the go-ahead for her prosecution in the alleged corruption case. On 31 July 2013, the trial court had ordered framing of charges against Yadav.

The high court was rocked by the controversy after a sum of Rs 15 lakh was delivered at the residence of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, another judge of the high court, on 13 August 2008, following which she reported the matter to Chandigarh Police. The money, allegedly meant for Yadav, was said to have been delivered to Kaur due to confusion over their names.

The charge sheet was filed against her by CBI in the special court on 4 March 2011, a day after Yadav, then posted as a judge of the Uttarakhand High Court, retired. Yadav, in her plea, had denied the allegation that the money was meant for her.
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