Profession: Indian Judicial Officer
Height: 5' 8"
|Profession(s)||Indian Judicial Officer (Former CBI Judge)|
|Known for||His involvement in a Money Laundering Case while he was serving as a special CBI and ED judge in the Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Panchkula NDTV|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 172 cm
in meters- 1.72 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
|Controversy||Arrested by Enforcement Directorate
On 10 August 2023, Sudhir Parmar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate from Gurugram in connection with a Money Laundering Case filed against him by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Haryana. NDTV
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status||Not Known|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sudhir Parmar
- Sudhir Parmar is an Indian judicial officer. He is also the former special CBI and ED judge of the Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act Court in Panchkula. Sudhir faced suspension from his position by the Punjab and Haryana High Court following a raid conducted by the Haryana Anti-Corruption Bureau at his official residence in April 2023. On 10 August 2023, Sudhir was apprehended in Gurugram by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a probe related to accusations of bribery.
- Sudhir Parmar assumed the role of Additional District and Sessions Judge in Gurugram in 2019.
- Later, in November 2021, he was designated as a special judge within the Central Bureau of Investigation in Panchkula. Additionally, he was entrusted with the responsibility of serving as a special judge under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) within the Directorate of Enforcement. In these capacities, he presided over Haryana’s specialized courts for cases involving the CBI and ED.
- Throughout his tenure, Parmar oversaw a range of prominent cases, including the trial of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, multiple former IAS officers, and real estate developers linked to the Manesar land scam and the AJL case.
- Prior to entering the judiciary, Sudhir had been a member of the Rohtak Bar Association.
- The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Haryana filed an FIR on 17 April 2023, levying charges against Sudhir Parmar, his nephew Ajay Parmar, a real estate developer, and Roop Kumar Bansal, the third promoter of the M3M group. The charges included multiple sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, as well as conspiracy charges under the Indian Penal Code. In a subsequent statement, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) mentioned,
as per reliable information, 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 were observed (in the judge case).”
- The First Information Report (FIR) filed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) included screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation involving Sudhir Parmar, which revealed his demand for Rs 5-7 crores to aid real estate company owners in their cases with the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Within the chat, Parmar requested another individual to accept bribe money on his behalf from these company owners. The ACB asserted that the conversation also suggested that Parmar had already received Rs 5 crores in relation to a case involving the significant realty company.
- The FIR further emphasized that during Sudhir Parmar’s tenure as an additional sessions judge/additional district judge in Gurgaon, he exploited his official position to establish connections with the owners of IREO and M3M Group. This was aimed at securing a role for his nephew, Ajay Parmar, as a legal adviser within the group, with an annual salary of Rs 12 lakh. Subsequently, after Sudhir Parmar was reassigned to the role of special judge of CBI/ED in Panchkula, his nephew’s salary was increased to Rs 18-20 lakhs per annum. The ACB substantiated this claim by referencing audio recordings numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4.
- The FIR also alleged that Ajay Parmar received substantial amounts of money from R Sai Transport Company between August 2022 and February 2023. Ajay then transferred Rs 41 lakh to his mother, Pushpa Devi. Similarly, Ajay’s brother, Paramvir Singh Parmar, received Rs 36 lakh from the transport company between July 2022 and January 2023, along with an additional Rs 3.45 lakh, which was also transferred to their mother. Over the same period, Pushpa Devi received Rs 54 lakh from the company. This money was utilized to purchase a plot in her name in Sector 82, Gurugram, at a registered value significantly lower than its actual market value.
- The complaint additionally highlighted that despite the Enforcement Directorate filing a prosecution complaint against Lalit Goyal, the Managing Director of IREO, on 14 January 2022, Sudhir Parmar did not proceed to frame charges for over a year and a half.
- Following the FIR, the Haryana Anti-Corruption Bureau conducted a raid on Sudhir Parmar’s residence on 18 April 2023. Subsequently, on 27 April 2023, the Punjab and Haryana High Court suspended Parmar from his duties.
- On 6 July 2023, Sudhir’s nephew, Ajay Parmar, submitted an application in the Panchkula PMLA court, requesting access to audio recordings and WhatsApp chats, while challenging the factual basis of the ECIR. However, the court dismissed his application.
- On 10 August 2023, Sudhir Parmar was apprehended by the Enforcement Directorate under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). This led to several district bar associations in Haryana suspending work on 11 August 2023 in protest of Sudhir Parmar’s arrest. NDTV The Tribune