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Suspended Panchkula special court judge Sudhir Parmar is arrested by ED in money laundering case

Suspended Panchkula special court judge Sudhir Parmar has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case. This case originated from a First Information Report (FIR) filed by Haryana Police's Anti-Corruption Bureau in April.

By Rekha Joshi 
Updated Date

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken suspended Panchkula special court judge Sudhir Parmar into custody as part of a money laundering investigation related to alleged bribery charges. Acting under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Parmar was apprehended near Delhi in Gurugram. He is scheduled to appear before a court on the following day, and the ED is expected to request his custodial remand.

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The ED had previously arrested Ajay Parmar, Sudhir Parmar’s nephew, as well as Basant Bansal and Pankaj Bansal, two promoters of the real estate firm M3M, and Lalit Goyal, owner and Managing Director of IREO, another real estate group, in connection with the same case.

The money laundering case emerged from an FIR filed by the Haryana Police’s Anti-Corruption Bureau in April. The case implicated Sudhir Parmar, who had previously served as a special judge for both the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Panchkula. His nephew, Ajay Parmar, and Roop Kumar Bansal, a co-founder of the M3M group, were also named in the FIR.

According to the FIR from the Anti-Corruption Bureau, the ED had received credible information indicating that Sudhir Parmar displayed “favoritism” towards the accused individuals, including Roop Kumar Bansal, Basant Bansal, and Lalit Goyal. These individuals were facing cases from the ED and the CBI pending in his court.

The ED stated that the ACB FIR highlighted instances of “grave misconduct, abuse of official position, and demand and acceptance of undue advantage/bribe from the accused persons in the cases pending in his court.” Following the registration of the ACB case, Sudhir Parmar was suspended by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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