Social activist alleges judge-advocate nexus behind money laundering
A city-based social activist on Tuesday alleged that there existed a judge-advocate nexus in the money laundering case which Enforcement Directorate (ED) is investigating against Chandigarh advocate Mukesh Mittal and his associates.chandigarh Updated: Jan 21, 2015 15:59 IST
A city-based social activist on Tuesday alleged that there existed a judge-advocate nexus in the money laundering case which Enforcement Directorate (ED) is investigating against Chandigarh advocate Mukesh Mittal and his associates.
Addressing a press conference at the Chandigarh Press Club, the activist, Yashpal Singh Chandana also named a former estate officer of Chandigarh, a former sub-registrar and another judicial officer serving in Haryana as part of a “white collar” mafia being run in the city.
Chandana’s documents show a judge — who was a friend of Mittal from the days he was an advocate — having acquired two properties — a commercial property in Sector 18 and an industrial plot in Chandigarh — through Mittal’s two companies RMC Printers Limited and GMT Printers Limited. Both these companies are under the ED scanner. ED had raided Mittal’s residence on January 13.
‘Complained to ED’
Chandana added that he had already complained to the ED against the judge having benefitted through the two property deals. Sources in ED confirmed that they had received such a complaint. They however added that to process the complaint, they would have to go through the proper procedure.
‘Transfer of property’
According to the documents released by Chandana, the judge’s wife and mother became directors of RMC in 1998 following which the Sector-18 property owned by the company was “bought” by these two directors.
The documents show that the original directors of RMC were Mittal’s wife and mother and the company was registered at Mittal’s address in Sector 18.
Mittal’s wife and mother however resigned from the company for the period in which the judge’s wife and mother became directors. The company was then registered at the judge’s house address.
The judge’s wife and mother despite being the only two directors in the company filed a civil suit against their own company for transfer of the property which was in the name of the company and not in their own name.
The lok adalat decreed in their favour after Mittal’s wife told the court that the company and the two directors had reached a compromise.
With regards to the property in Phase 1 Industrial area, Chandana’s documents show that the judge’s wife, mother along with Mittal’s wife started this company in 1994 and the company purchased the plot.
By 2003, the directors of the company had changed to include various relatives of the two families.
The property of the company was transferred in the name of these directors through the same process of directors filing a civil suit against their own company and through the lok adalat the decree is issued in name of individual directors.
Other agencies approached
Chandana added that a complaint had also been sent to the Serious Fraud Investigating Agency (SFIO) in New Delhi to look at the set of allegations as a whole.
“I had also complained to the Chandigarh police about the judge-lawyer nexus. I met Chandigarh inspector general of police RP Upadhyaya twice but nothing was done,” he said.
However, IGP Upadhyaya said, “Only ED can probe money laundering cases. We have no power to register a case for money laundering.”
When contacted, Mukesh Mittal said, “I challenge the ED to prove allegations against me. This press conference was carried out at the behest of a suspended Haryana judicial officer. This person (Chandana) had complained against me with Chandigarh Police also. The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) had investigated his complaint and given me a clean chit. All these people had also got the income tax department to raid my residence, but I was given a clean chit there as well.”
First Published: Jan 21, 2015 15:54 IST