Punjab News: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Bhupendra Singh Honey, nephew of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, for illegally mining sand. Honey was taken into custody by the investigating agency on Thursday evening and will appear before the CBI court today. Money laundering charges brought against Honey were filed with the agency late last night.
Honey’s premises were raided by the ED last month, leading to the seizure of Rs 8 crore. During the raid, illegal sand mining operations were being carried out in Punjab. According to a statement from the Enforcement Directorate, during the searches, the Enforcement Directorate seized documents relating to “illegal” sand mining and property transactions, mobile phones, gold worth more than Rs 21 lakh, and Rolex watches worth Rs 12 lakh.
Days before the elections for the 117-member Punjab Assembly, an arrest was made. Results will be revealed on March 10 after voting takes place on February 20.
There was an illegal sand mining case registered by Punjab Police in Nawanshahr, Punjab in 2018. Kudratdeep Singh owned a mine in Nawanshahr, so he was the defendant in this case. Kudratdeep Singh is alleged to have founded two companies in which Bhupinder Singh Honey was also a director. There are 26 accused in this case, mainly truck drivers. According to the police, 30 trucks full of illegal sand were seized. According to this FIR, the ED has filed a money laundering case.
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