Punjab Cong demands removal of Avinash Chander

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2014 21:41 IST

The Punjab Congress has urged chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to immediately sack chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Avinash Chander in view of the confessional statement made by his close aide Cheetinder Singh alias Ceeta before the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Ceeta has accused the CPS of multi-crore drug-racketing as well as illegal sand mining operations.

Former Congress MLA and party spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that as per reports, Ceeta confessed before the ED that Avinash Chander and his team of 50 operators dealt in drug supply and illegal sand mining.

Khaira said that Ceeta had alleged that Avinash and his group collected Rs 60 crore from illegal mining from the banks of the Sutlej towards Phillaur township, during the last two and half years. Ceeta confessed that his commission agent cum money changer shop in Phillaur used to be the meeting point from where Avinash collected money from his operatives, Khaira said.

Khaira claimed that Ceeta, in a confessional statement, also admitted that Avinash and his operatives in the drug and sand business divided the proceeds in the ratio 40:60. Reports also suggested that Avinash Chander sent the drug money abroad, through the money changer unit of Ceeta, Khaira claimed.

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