Judge who rejected Chidambaram’s bail appointed as PMLA chairman

Delhi High Court judge Justice Sunil Gaur, who rejected P Chidambaram’s bail appointed the chairperson of the PMLA Appellate Tribunal, News18 reported.  

Justice Gaur, just days before his retirement had denied anticipatory bail to former Union Finance Minister in INX Media case by ED and CBI.

On Wednesday, Justice Gaur was appointed the chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal for Prevention of Money Laundering Act. He replaces Justice Manmohan Singh as the chairperson and is set to take over the post from September 23.

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Notably, for seven months Justice Gaur had kept his verdict on Chidambaram‘s plea reserved and just 72 hours before his retirement, pronounced the judgment.

In his judgment on August 20, the former high court judge called Chidambaram’s case a “classic case of money laundering” and called him the “kingpin or key conspirator” in the INX Media case.

Justice Gaur, who retired on August 23, started his career at the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 1984 and joined the Delhi Higher Judicial Service in 1995, NDTV reported.

He was elevated to the Delhi High Court in April 2008 and in April 2012, he was designated as a permanent judge.

In his over-three-decade long legal career, he heard several high profile cases. He had also handled some corruption cases, an area of his expertise including the money laundering case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi.

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