Taking strict note of the sale of a property that had been attached by a court in 1990 in a disproportionate assets case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge Vimal Kumar on Thursday ordered the registration of case against a former Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) estate officer, the seller as well as the purchaser of the Sector-2 Panchkula plot.
Disapproving of the submission of the HUDA estate officer that the file containing the attachment order of the said property had been lost, the court during resumed hearing of the contempt petition on Thursday ordered the registration of case against the then HUDA estate officer in 2009 when the property was sold, seller Jaswinder Mann and Pawan Gulati, the buyer.
In April 2013, the court had issued notice to HUDA estate officer Ashwani Sharma, Mann and Gulati, seeking explanation on how the property was sold when it had been attached by the court.
In response to the notice, Sharma had submitted before the court that the file containing attachment order of the said property had been lost and that a police report had been lodged with Panchkula Sector 5 police station.
In 1990, the CBI had registered a disproportionate assets case against Colonel BS Goraya (now retired) as his property exceeded his income. He had several properties in his as well as his family members’ name in Panchkula and Gurgaon. During the course of the trial, the court had attached two of Colonel Goraya’s properties. One of these, plot number 323 in Sector 2, Panchkula, was in the name of Goraya’s kin Jaswinder Mann.
Through two orders, dated July 5, 1993, and September 15, 1995, a CBI special court had attached the two properties. However, one of the plots was sold in October 2009. Colonel Goraya, on March 26, 2013, had submitted an application seeking verification regarding the sale of the Sector-2 plot. The CBI had claimed that the colonel’s sister, Jaswinder Mann, allegedly in connivance with the HUDA estate officer had sold the property to Pawan Gulati.