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Land fraud case :CBI to probe plaint against lawyer Mukeh Mittal

HT Correspondent  Chandigarh, December 09, 2012
First Published: 00:05 IST(9/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:35 IST(9/12/2012)

UT home secretary Anil Kumar has marked the probe into criminal complaints pending against Mukesh Mittal, a former president of district bar association, to the Central Bureau of Investigation following recommendation for the same by director general of Chandigarh police.

Mittal is allegedly involved in a fraud land deal in SAS Nagar.

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Though the top brass of both the CBI and Chandigarh police confirmed the development, they refrained from coming on record on the issue.

Talking to Hindustan Times, a senior police official said, "A complaint against Mukesh Mittal was received by us. As the matter concerns SAS Nagar, it becomes an inter-state police matter. Chandigarh administration has been now requested to mark the complaint to the CBI." Meanwhile, top CBI officials too confirmed that they had received a reference from UT administration and would look into the case.

The matter pertains to June 2011 when an FIR was registered against Chandigarh residents Gurinder Garg and Varinder Kumar, directors of Sanjivni Infotech Pvt Ltd, on charge of cheating.

Complainant Nirmal Singh, owner of 104 acres of agricultural land in Malikpur Taprian village in SAS Nagar district, had alleged cheating as cheques issued by the accused in lieu of sale consideration of the said land were dishonored after the sale deeds were executed in favour of the company owned by the accused. Further, Nirmal Singh had filed a separate complaint against Mukesh Mittal who mediated the deal between the two parties, alleging forgery, cheating and criminal breach of trust.

The complainant had alleged that Mukesh Mittal prepared a forged receipt that confirmed payment of about Rs. 9.38 crore to the complainant. The receipt was allegedly prepared on a blank signed paper that Mittal possessed by virtue of being the complainant's counsel in a case pending before a Chandigarh court.

Meanwhile, in August 2012, the complainant came across another alleged fraud committed by Mittal wherein Rs. 26 lakh were found embezzled by the lawyer that he received on behalf of the complainant from the court in a rent arrears case. Nirmal Singh filed another complaint against Mittal, alleging fraud and criminal breach of trust.

In October 2012, more than a year after the filing of complaints, when police failed to initiate action against the accused lawyer, Nirmal Singh filed a fresh complaint with UT home secretary to highlight alleged bias and inaction of local police and requested a probe by senior official from crime branch.

Pursuant to the said representation, the home secretary directed the UT DGP to get the matter investigated from crime Branch by an officer not below the rank of a DSP. However, in response to the said directions, the DGP opined that since the complaint had inter-state ramifications, it might be forwarded to the CBI for investigation.

Expressing concern over the gravity of charges leveled against Mittal, the home secretary has now marked the inquiry to CBI to unveil the truth.

Nirmal Singh has also filed a complaint against Mittal on charge of professional misconduct with Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, though no action has been initiated in the matter till date. Mukesh Mittal could not be contacted for comments despite several attempts.


Complaint under consideration: Bar council chairman

Punjab and Haryana bar council chairman Lekh Raj Sharma admitted that the lawyers' body had received a complaint against Mukesh Mittal, his brother and senior advocate Chetan Mittal and another lawyer Rupinder Singh Khosla in the land fraud case around a year back. "We have received their replies and the case is under consideration, which will come up for discussion in the next general house meeting of the council," Sharma maintained.

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