The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday issued fresh notice to former IAS officer Gurnihal Singh Pirzada on the allegation of amassing wealth through disproportionate assets through fictitious companies.
On September 8, it had issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Pirzada and others on the petition of Amritsar resident Sarabjit Singh Verka that the Punjab Vigilance Bureau report had “damaging findings” against Pirzada and his family about “benami (unaccounted for) properties, huge generation of black money, and evasion of Rs 66-crore income tax by his shell companies”. The petitioner alleged that authorities concerned had failed to take any action so far, so the CBI should be brought in.
On Tuesday, the Punjab government, besides the CBI and some other agencies, had sought time from the high court to file their replies. However, as Pirzada was not served notices, a fresh notice was issued to him.
In September, another coordinate bench of the high court had constituted a special investigating team (SIT) to look into the allegations of “forgery, money laundering and misappropriation of funds” against Pizada, businessman Raman Uppal, and several others in a related matter.