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Cash At Judge’s Door
Nirmal Yadav writes to CJI, seeks more stuff
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, February 18
Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Nirmal Yadav has written a third letter to Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan, seeking the statements of witnesses in the Rs 15 lakh scam to enable her to give her final response to the show-cause notice served on her.

In her February 16 letter, the Judge, who has been asked to proceed on leave following the August 13 episode, has asked for the statements of the sentries at her residence and the house of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur. She has also sought the statements of Sanjiv Bansal, who is alleged to have sent the money by mistake to the residence of Justice Kaur, and one Prakash Ram.

"With your ‘Lordship's’ vast experience in criminal law at all levels, ‘Your Lordship’ would fully appreciate the importance of the right of a person to be able to contradict a witness with his previous statement, as per Section 145 of the Evidence Act," she said.

She said she was confident that she would be in a position to satisfy the CJI that two statements of the same witness, one before the police and other before the three-Judge committee, could not co-exist. Further, according to unconfirmed media reports suggested that many of these statements and documents were inconsistent and irreconcilable with the statements made by the same witnesses before the committee, she contended.

The CJI had maintained in his January 29 response to her queries that all documents she had sought had already been supplied. Justice Yadav said she had also sought these statements on February 6 under the RTI Act and was awaiting a response.

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