Taking up petition filed by the District Bar Association seeking status report on irregularities in the construction of lawyers' chambers in the District Court Complex, Sector 43, a local court on Wednesday sought a reply from the official in charge of the economic offences wing. Inspector Ajay Kumar has been asked to file a reply by December 16.
In March this year, police had arrested contractor Rajesh Sood for allegedly embezzling funds allocated for constructing the chambers, but no further arrests have been made.
In January, the UT police had registered a case against the suspects after lawyers protested police inaction despite a complaint by the DBA.
In its complaint, the DBA had accused Sood and his colleague, the owner of Dream Group Construction Estate, Sector 11, Panchkula, of siphoning crores.
The allegations claimed that while Rs 13.30 crore was earmarked for constructing the chambers, the contractor was paid Rs 14.60 crore - an excess of Rs 1.40 crore - even while 40% of the work was yet to be completed at the time the complaint was filed.
The project was later given to another contractor, who finally completed the work, which cost an additional Rs 3.30 crore.
The advocates had earlier moved the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking a CBI inquiry, but the petition was dismissed. They had also moved the Police Complaints Authority last year after the UT IGP refused to meet the advocates who had come to the police headquarters alleging police inaction.