Lawyer financed property deal: CBI

judge bribery case: Bank transactions show lawyer’s business partner who had Rs 5,000 in account suddenly received Rs 2 cr

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 24, 2013 4:07:14 am

Countering the defence taken by lawyer Sanjiv Bansal that the disputed plot in Panchkula was not bought by him,special CBI public prosecutor Anupam Gupta produced bank transactions of Rajiv Gupta,Bansal’s business partner,to show that the purchase was “financed” by the lawyer.

The CBI has alleged that Justice Nirmal Yadav (retd) fast-tracked a property dispute case she was hearing and then ruled in favour of the party represented by Sanjiv Bansal,then Additional Advocate General,Haryana,who allegedly paid her Rs 15 lakh through her “close friend”,Delhi-based businessman Ravinder Singh,days after the verdict.

The property belonging to Anand Jain was bought by Rajiv Gupta. Jain won the case and was Bansal’s client. The CBI has alleged that Bansal had “personal interest in the plot” as a result of which he purchased the property through his business partner Rajiv Gupta (co accused in the Cash at Judge’s door scam).

This allegation was vehemently denied by Sanjiv Bansal during his arguments. He had contended that there were several bank transactions between him and Rajiv Gupta and that every purchase was done by him (Bansal) without concealing his identity.

Strongly opposing this defence,CBI prosecutor on Tuesday said that the purchase of the Panchkula plot was done by Bansal in a “subterranean manner”. Elaborating,Anupam Gupta said that Bansal “financed” the purchase through Rajiv Gupta because Bansal knew that rules of Bar Council of India (BCI) prohibit “a lawyer from acquiring any interest in any property which is matter of any litigation in which he is the lawyer”. Gupta added that “personal interest ruptures relation between a lawyer and a client”.

The money trail shows that Bansal transferred Rs 2 crore from his account with Kotak Mahindra Bank to Rajiv Gupta’s account with Punjab National Bank. This cheque was cleared on May 3,2007,and an amount of Rs 1.5 crore was paid to one Vinod Tayal on May 5,2007 on account of a property purchased by Sanjiv Bansal and Rajiv Gupta at Hisar.

Sample this: From 2005 to May 2007,Rajiv Gupta’s bank account (Punjab National Bank) did not have more than Rs 5,000. On May 3,2007,a sum of Rs 2 crore is transferred in Rajiv Gupta’s account by Sanjiv Bansal. Of this amount,Rs 1.5 crore was paid to Vinod Tayal on May 5,2007. Significantly,the plot in Panchkula was purchased by Rajiv Gupta during this period.

On May 16,2007 Rajiv Gupta’s bank transaction shows that Rs 20 lakh was paid to Anand Jain (property owner and client of Bansal). Again on June 6,2007 another Rs 15 lakh was paid by Rajiv Gupta to Anand Jain.

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