Former Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Cheney was interrogated for more than six hours by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to probe money laundering related to the alleged sand mining case. Officials said this on Thursday. The 59-year-old Congress leader left the regional office of the Enforcement Directorate in Jalandhar on Wednesday night after recording his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Channy tweeted that the ED had summoned him yesterday in a mining case. In the same case, Bhupinder Singh alias Hani, Channi’s nephew, was arrested by the ED on February 20, a few days before the Punjab Assembly elections. A chargesheet was filed against him and others named in the case in a special PMLA court in Jalandhar on March 31. Madhu is currently in judicial custody. He has applied for bail. Sources said that the Enforcement Directorate had sent summons to Channi more than once before. ED officials questioned Channy about Hani and his relationship with others and some of his nephews’ visits to the chief minister’s office. At the same time, according to sources, he was also interrogated on allegations of transfer and posting of some officers under illegal sand mining operations in the state.
ED interrogated for 6 hours
Former Punjab Chief Minister Channy wrote in his tweet, “I have answered all the questions asked by him to my knowledge. The ED has already submitted an invoice to the Hon’ble court from this case. The authorities have not asked me to come again.” Let us say that the action of the ED in this case was initiated after the January 18 campaign against Hani and others. ED seized about Rs 7.9 crore in cash from Hani’s premises and about Rs 2 crore from a person named Sandeep Kumar. ED officials said they recorded statements from Kudratdeep Singh, Bhupinder Singh (Hani), Madhur Baba Santokh Singh and Sandeep Kumar during the search and found Rs 10 crore seized from Bhupinder Singh’s son Santokh Singh. ED has claimed this in a statement. Further, Bhupinder Singh admitted that he had received confiscated cash in exchange for helping in sand mining operations and transfer and posting of officers.
Honey has admitted to being involved in mining
Former Punjab Congress in-charge Navjot Singh Sidhu tweeted without naming anyone, “My fight was for Punjab, not Bali. The land, sand and liquor mafias have insulted Punjab by looting the state treasury for their own interests. In the current economic situation, whether it is Punjab or the Mafia, the fight is on. Channy resigned as the state’s chief minister after counting votes in the March 10 Punjab assembly elections as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won a historic victory in the elections. Congress leader Channi also lost the election from both Chamkaur Saheb and Vadaur assembly seats. Hani was brought in for questioning before being arrested, the agency said. He gave his statement, in which, among other things, Hani said he was involved in excavation-related activities, but on some important questions he took a position of avoidance.
What’s the matter
Hani, Kudratdeep Singh and Sandeep Kumar are said to be directors of a company called Provider Overseas Consultants Pvt Ltd, which was raided by the Enforcement Directorate in January. The ED registered the money laundering case after receiving a 2018 FIR from Punjab Police (Rahan Police Station, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar) in November last year, which contains several provisions of the Indian Penal Code and (Development Control) Act. , 1957. was charged under section. In the police FIR, the ED noted that a team of mining department, civil administration and police officials conducted a surprise visit to Rahan police station in March 2018 on the basis of allegations of illegal sand mining. ED officials said it was found that several mines were being excavated by different machines and were being excavated outside the designated area. The ED, citing police FIR, said that several tippers / trucks, porcelain machines, JCB machines, etc. were seized by the investigation team. Sand was also found in the seized tipper or truck.
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