CBI opposes Yadav’s plea for permanent court appearance exemption
- Sreesanth, Jiju Janardhan lived in independently booked rooms: Cops
- India to convey concerns over Ladakh incursion to Chinese Premier
- IPL 2013 LIVE SCORE: Maxwell falls early in stiff run-chase
- Narendra Modi: India losing sheen as agricultural nation
- Rajapaksa slams Tamil diaspora for lack of support in reconciliation process
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today strongly opposed the request of Justice Nirmal Yadav (retired) seeking permanent exemption from her personal appearance in the court in the Judge Bribery case. Special CBI Public Prosecutor Anupam Gupta termed Justice Yadav's request "wholly and manifestly misconceived and unwarranted".
Special CBI Judge Ritu Tagore granted exemption to Justice Yadav for today's hearing, directing her (Yadav) to remain present during the next date of hearing on November 18. "Whether factually or legally, there is not a shred of justification for acceding to (Justice Yadav's) application. She cannot be granted any privilege or exemption merely because she is a former High Court Judge. She cannot be placed on a pedestal higher than any of the other accused and has to be treated like all other accused persons in strict conformity with the Constitutional principle of equality before the law," read the CBI's reply.
Justice Yadav was not present in the court today as she had sought exemption on medical grounds, claiming to be have been suffering from spondilitis (back problem). Her counsel S K Garg Narwana today moved an application before the CBI Court seeking her exemption from appearance for today on medical grounds.
"Justice Yadav is undergoing regular treatment. We have got it confirmed from the doctors that she is suffering from a severe backbone problem," said Yadav's counsel. The arguments on Yadav's plea for permanent exemption from the trial have been scheduled for the next date of hearing (November 18).
Replying to Yadav's counsel's application for today's exemption to be present in the court, Gupta said, "I speak with pain and anguish that a person in her position should be moving such applications repeatedly as if appearance in the court is some kind of monstrous thing." In its reply filed today, the CBI has raised an eyebrow on the claim that Justice Yadav should be allowed permanent exemption since is diabetic and suffering from hypertension.
- Destitute, orphan students outclass rest in Andhra Class 10 exams
- To re-energise ties, PM wants to visit US, waits for confirmation
- NIA court says no terror link, frees 'Hizbul militant' Liyaqat on bail
- CBI arrests its coal allotments investigator on bribery charge
- ‘Cricketer-bookie Amit may have used Jiju to reach Sree’
- BCCI chief N Srinivasan says police must prove spot-fixing allegations