Days after he paved the way for the arrest of Former FM P Chidambaram by denying him interim bail, now-retired Delhi HC judge Justice Sunil Gaur was on Wed. appointed the chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Gaur is set to take over the post from Sept 23. He had retired as an HC judge on Aug 23, 2 days after he rejected Chidambaram’s plea for anticipatory bail & said called him the “kingpin or key conspirator” in the INX Media case. The former HC judge also said that granting bail to Chidambaram would convey a wrong message to the society.
Earlier, he had also passed an order clearing the decks for prosecution of top Congress leaders, including Sonia & Rahul Gandhi, in the National Herald case. Justice Gaur was elevated to the HC in Apr 2008. He was designated as a permanent judge on Apr 11, 2012.
Gaur started his career at the Punjab & Haryana HC in 1984 & joined the Delhi Higher Judicial Service in 1995.
During his tenure, he heard several other high profile cases. Last week, he had also denied anticipatory bail to businessman Ratul Puri, nephew of senior Congress leader & MP CM Kamal Nath, in the AgustaWestland chopper scam.