Punjab : Punjab chief minster Charanjit Singh Channi’s nephew, Bhupinder Singh alias Honey, was on Friday, February 4, sent to the custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) till February 8 by a Jalandhar court.
Bhupinder Singh was arrested late on Thursday night the ED officers in a money laundering case linked to alleged illegal sand mining in the border state.
ED officers said that Punjab CM’s nephew was arrested under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after several hours of questioning at the agency’s office in Jalandhar.
The arrest comes just days ahead of polling for the 117-member Punjab legislative assembly. Voting will be held on February 20, while the results will be out on March 10.
Channi had succeeded Amarinder Singh as chief minister in September last year after the latter quit the post and party following a bitter tussle with state Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu. The Congress is yet to announce its CM candidate for the upcoming election.
On January 18, the ED had conducted raids on the premises of Singh, his business partners and six miners in Mohali, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Rupnagar, and Pathankot.
The agency had said it seized cash and valuables worth ₹10 crore from Singh and his partner during the raids that had continued till January 19.