Continuing its crackdown in the multi-crore Bhola drug racket, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday attached two prime properties worth more than Rs 12 crore, owned by a prime accused, Sukhjeet Singh alias Sukha Soosan Wala.
The properties attached by ED sleuths include around 16-acre land at Soos village (Hoshiarpur district), owned by Sukha’s mother Gurmeet Kaur. This land was purchased between 2004 and 2010 for a cash payment of Rs 58.69 lakh, as per the registered value of the land. Its current market value is at least Rs 7 crore.
A playground named after Sukha’s father Hardev Singh, built on a portion of this land by the accused and one of his NRI friends, has also been attached. The ED has already taken possession of the land.
Sukha, who earlier used to live in Canada, had shifted to his native village, Soos, a few years ago before he was arrested in 2013 by the Patiala police in a drug smuggling case. He is presently lodged in the high-security Nabha jail.
Another property attached by ED sleuths includes 4 acres and 3 kanals of agricultural land purchased by Sukha at Sandham village in Jalandhar district. It was purchased in 2010-11 by the accused at a registered value of more than Rs 1 crore. Its current market value is more than Rs 5 crore. The agency is yet to take possession of this land.
During this week, ED officials have attached properties worth more than Rs 30 crore, including a house of drug lord Jagdish Singh Bhola in SAS Nagar.
The action was taken under Section 8(4) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.