'maven-publish' plugin fails to find jar with specific version

I am using the maven publish plugin as below inside a subproject

apply plugin: 'maven-publish'
publishing {
  publications {
   maven(MavenPublication) {
 from components.java

The version is decided dynamically from the properties file which is loaded under allprojects as below

allprojects {
 ant.loadproperties(srcFile: "${rootDir}/version.properties")

If I set the version directly as below , publishToMavenLocal works perfectly fine.

But when the version is set as part of figuring out the task in the DAG, it fails to find the jar and throws error

gradle.taskGraph.whenReady {taskGraph ->
  if (taskGraph.hasTask(release)) {
   version "1.00.00.${buildVersion}"
   ant.propertyfile(file: "${rootDir}/version.properties" ) {
    entry(key: "buildVersion", type: "int", default: "00", operation: "+", pattern: "00")
    } else {
   version "1.00.00.${buildVersion}-SNAPSHOT"

Error Thrown, it tries to find the jar without any version in it.

* What went wrong:
Execution failed for task ':projectA:publishMavenPublicationToMavenLocal'.
> Failed to publish publication 'maven' to repository 'MavenLocal'
   > Invalid publication 'maven': artifact file does not exist: 'C:\Development\poc\projectA\build\libs\projectA.jar'
  * Try:
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Is there any work around for this?

Thanks, Arnab