Haryana Addl AG sends Rs 15 lakh to HC Judge ‘by mistake’

Express News Service Chandigarh, August 15: On Wednesday night, a packet containing Rs 15 lakh in cash was delivered to a Punjab and Haryana High Court judge. The person who sent the cash was the Haryana Additional Advocate General Sandeep Bansal.

The Chandigarh Police, who were called by the judge, is now investigating the incident.

On Wednesday, Bansal’s assistant Parkash came to Kaur’s residence in Sector 11 and handed over a packet to the sentry. He asked the sentry to hand over the packet to Kaur. The sentry checked the packet, found the cash and immediately called Kaur. Kaur told Parkash to wait and called the police.

Bansal claimed that the amount was the advance for land deal in Panchkula and the money was meant for one Nirmal Singh and was delivered by “mistake” to Justice Kaur. He said he had handed over the documents pertaining to the deal to the police. The police, however, claimed that the documents didn’t carry Nirmal Singh’s name. The deal was between Rupinder Singh, a resident of Delhi and Rajiv Garg of Panchkula.

The police have filed a daily diary report (DDR).

Three booked in judge bribery case

Express News Service Chandigarh, August 16: Three persons, including Additional Advocate General of Haryana Sanjeev Bansal, were on Saturday booked for an attempt to bribe a Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge.

The other two are Bansal’s munshi Parkash, who had carried Rs 15 lakh to the residence of High Court judge Nirmaljit Kaur on Wednesday night, and Ravinder Singh, a Delhi-based businessman who has a hotel in Karol Bagh.

The munshi was taken into custody while a police party has been despatched to Delhi to nab Singh.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Madhur Verma said the amount was supposed to be handed over to some other public servant but was mistakenly delivered at Kaur’s house.

An FIR was lodged after Kaur complained to the police. She also reported the matter to the Chief Justice.

Police said Singh had allegedly paid Bansal a huge amount to get settled a criminal case pending in the High Court. The case is due to come up for hearing on Wednesday.

Earlier, Singh had claimed the amount was pertaining to a property deal he had struck with a resident of Panchkula. The money was supposed to be delivered to one Nirmal Singh and was mistakenly delivered at the judge’s house.

Verma, however, said the preliminary investigation had ruled out the possibility of the amount being related to any property deal.

“Bansal failed to give a detailed account of the cash. He produced some papers pertaining to some property in Panchkula but that did not carry any weight. Our investigations caught him on the wrong foot and, therefore, we booked him along with two others under the Prevention of Corruption Act and criminal conspiracy,” he added.

Bansal has been handling several high-profile cases. He is one of the dozen-odd Additional Advocate Generals appointed by the Haryana Government about two years ago.

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