On ‘good terms with judges’, Ravinder used to stay with an HC judge in city

Nirmal YadavJustice (retd) Nirmal Yadav

Ravinder Singh, a Delhi businessman, was not only a close friend of Justice (retd) Nirmal Yadav but also had "good relations with a few Judges". So much so, that whenever Ravinder visited Chandigarh, he would stay at the residence of a High Court judge.

This is what Ravinder himself had disclosed to a Delhi top cop whom he (Ravinder) had approached for "help" after a packet of Rs 15 lakh sent by Ravinder Singh was wrongly delivered at the residence of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur on August 13, 2008. This and other startling disclosures were made by Ravinder Singh to the top cop who has been made a prosecution witness by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the cash-at-judge's door scam. Ravinder, along with Justice Yadav, figures as co-accused in the case.

Rajesh Kumar, who was then Special Commissioner of Police, New Delhi, in his statement given to the CBI, has revealed that Ravinder minced no words in disclosing his proximity with judges in Chandigarh. When asked where Ravinder stayed in Chandigarh on his visit, he told the Commissioner that "he used to stay with Justice R L Anand", now a retired Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge.

The two-page statement of the commissioner goes on to read, "Ravinder Singh had told him that he was having good relations with a few of the judges". Not only this, the top cop claims to have seen Ravinder at a party thrown by the Punjab and Haryana High Court judges.

"Once I had also met him at a social function of one of the Judges of Punjab and Haryana High Court. I am not able to recall the name of the Judge," reads Rajesh Kumar's statement. The police officer stands as prosecution witness number 18 (PW-18) in the case made out by the CBI. His statement, a copy of which is with Chandigarh Newsline, is part of the detailed chargesheet filed by the CBI in the special CBI Court, Chandigarh.

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