ED arrests Haryana Special CBI Judge Sudhir Parmar who was earlier suspended for allegedly receiving bribes to the tune of ₹5 crores in exchange for favourable orders in a case related to real estate firm IREO Group and the M3M Group.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is currently investigating a money laundering case that is connected to a corruption case filed by the Haryana anti-corruption bureau (ACB) against Parmar, an additional sessions judge-rank judicial officer who was suspended from his position. The central agency began the probe after registering an enforcement case information report (ECIR) on June 13, which was based on an FIR filed by the ACB on April 17.
The FIR lodged by the ACB accused Parmar of favoritism in his dealings with real estate developers Roop Bansal, Basant Bansal, and Lalit Goyal. The ED had previously arrested the Bansal brothers, Goyal, and Ajay Parmar, the nephew of the judicial officer. Both the ACB and the ED based their investigations on reliable source information, WhatsApp chats, and audio recordings that allegedly revealed instances of misconduct, abuse of power, and acceptance of undue advantage by Parmar in cases before his court.
However, Parmar’s nephew, Ajay, filed an application on July 6 in the Panchkula PMLA court, claiming that the ECIR was not based on factual evidence. The application, which was dismissed by the court, stated that the allegations against Sudhir Parmar were false and fabricated, as the screenshots of WhatsApp chats and audio recordings were manipulated to frame the judge. Ajay Parmar further alleged that both the ACB and the ED failed to verify the contents of the complaint before registering the FIR.
The investigation into the money laundering case continues as the ED seeks to uncover the truth behind the allegations made against Parmar and the involvement of the accused real estate developers.