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Heavy unexplained bank transactions could lead to compulsory retirement of Judges

Judgment Name – Rajinder Goel Vs. High Court of Punjab & Haryana

Judgment Date – 2nd August, 2021

Citation – Writ Petition (Civil) No. 696 of 2021

Facts

  1. Petitioner joined Haryana Judicial Service
  2. Pursuant to certain complaints made against the petitioner, including one made by the Bar Association, an enquiry was conducted, during the course of which the petitioner was asked to furnish statements regarding his bank accounts and property for the years 2006 to 2009.
  3. A preliminary report dated 21.04.2011 found that there was no documentary evidence regarding allegations of land purchases. It was, however, observed that there were “heavy unexplained bank transactions”

Observation by Supreme Court in Para 13

“Considering the facts and circumstances on record and in view of the record indicating that there were multiple transactions showing deposits and withdrawals of substantial amounts of money, it cannot be said that the Full Court was not justified in taking the view that it did. We do not find any reason to take a different view in the matter”.         

Judgment:

Petition rejected

Official Link to the Judgment –

https://main.sci.gov.in/supremecourt/2021/12165/12165_2021_33_1502_28957_Judgement_02-Aug-2021.pdf

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