New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate questioned former Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi within the unlawful sand mining case in Jalandhar for over six hours on Wednesday evening, mentioned officers as reported by information company PTI.
Channi tweeted to say he was “summoned by the ED yesterday concerning the mining case”.
“I attended and replied to the queries put by them to the perfect of my data. A challan on this case has already been offered by ED within the Hon’ble court docket. The authorities haven’t requested me to return once more,” he posted on the social media platform.
I used to be summoned by the ED yesterday concerning the mining case. I attended and replied to the queries put by them to the perfect of my data. A Challan on this case has already been offered by ED within the Hon’ble court docket .The authorities haven’t requested me to return once more.
— Charanjit S Channi (@CHARANJITCHANNI) April 14, 2022
Channi’s nephew Bhupinder Singh Honey was arrested on this case earlier than the meeting elections held on February 20. On April 3, the ED filed a cost sheet towards Bhupinder Singh and the opposite accused. The ED has already issued summons to Channi, however nonetheless, he was not showing earlier than the ED for questioning.
In accordance with sources, the ED requested Channi questions on his hyperlinks together with his nephew Bhupinder Singh and different accused. Aside from this, questions have been additionally raised about Bhupinder coming to the CM workplace throughout Channi’s tenure. He was additionally questioned about allegations of switch and posting of officers underneath unlawful sand mining within the state.
The ED initiated motion on this case on January 18. The investigating company then raided the premises of Bhupinder and different accused and seized Rs 7.9 crore in money. Rs 2 crore was additionally seized from the home of the accused named Sandeep Kumar.
The ED had mentioned that it recorded the statements of Kudratdeep Singh, Bhupinder Singh (Honey), Honey’s father Santokh Singh and Sandeep Kumar through the search. It was revealed that the seized Rs 10 crore belonged to Bhupinder Singh. The ED had claimed that Bhupinder had admitted that he had obtained the cash for sand mining and transfer-posting of officers.
“Additional, Bhupinder Singh accepted that he obtained the seized money in lieu of facilitation in sand mining operations and switch/postings of officers,” the ED had claimed in a press release.
With out naming anybody, former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu tweeted, “My battle was for Punjab and never for sand. Those that ran the land, sand and liquor mafia let down Punjab for egocentric vested pursuits by looting the exchequer. It’s both Punjab or the mafia within the current monetary state of affairs! The battle continues.”
My battle was for Punjab and never for sand … Those that ran the land , sand and liquor mafia let down Punjab for egocentric vested pursuits by looting the exchequer…. It’s both Punjab or the Mafia within the current monetary state of affairs! The battle continues…
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) April 14, 2022
Bhupinder had appeared earlier than the ED for questioning earlier than his arrest. Within the assertion, Bhupinder had mentioned that he was concerned in mining-related actions, however when the ED began questioning by placing ahead the information, he began procrastinating. Bhupinder, Kudratdeep and Sandeep Kumar are mentioned to be the administrators of an organization known as Suppliers Abroad Consultants Pvt Ltd. This firm was raided by the ED in January.