The officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided the house of lawmaker in Punjab, Sukhpal Singh Khaira. The raids are being carried out in connection with money laundering probe, according to ED officials.
The raids are being carried out at five locations in Punjab, one in Chandigarh (at Khaira’s house there) and two in Delhi.
Khaira (56) is a legislator of the Punjab Ekta Party, which he founded in 2019. He is an MLA from Bhulath in Kapurthala district.
Khaira, who was elected to the state Assembly in 2017 on an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket, briefly spoke to the reporters waiting outside his residence and said he has “not done anything wrong”.
He added that the ED team arrived at his house around 7:30 am.
Sources in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said the action is being carried out against the Punjab lawmaker and others under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and is aimed at gathering more evidence to take forward the probe.
The investigation, under money-laundering charges, is related to alleged drugs trafficking and a fake passport case, they said.
A few accused, who are being investigated in the case, are lodged in jail, the sources said.