Bhola Drug Racket: ED summons CPS Avinash Chander to join probe

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Feb 29, 2016 21:34 IST
File photo of CPS Avinash Chander.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has again slapped summons on Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) and ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA, Avinash Chandar asking him to join probe in the case of multi-crore Bhola drug racket case.

The CPS, who had joined probe on October 13, 2015, has now been summoned on March 8 by the agency. The summons were issued to the CPS on Monday.

As per the summons, the CPS has to appear before the ED with the documents of giving details of few “purchases of property” made by the CPS in recent more than five years.

Sources said the agency has again speed up the investigation in the Bhola drug racket case as in recent few months due to uncertaininty over transfer of Assistant Director and Investigating Officer of the drug case, Niranjan Singh, the investigation has almost come to standstill.

The agency has again speed up the probe now and summonning of the CPS is the first among the second round of summoning of many political personalities allegedly linked with the case.

Information procured by HT revealed that Avinash has again been summoned in the case because of his “alleged links” with few persons who are already in ED net in different cases of money laundering. The agency , just one day after the first summoning of the CPS, had raised ashop of his key aide and foreign money exchanger Chatinder Goyal “Seeta Arhtiya” in the Phillaur grain mark and has procured few hawala transaction documents.

Goyal, member of the market committee of Phillaur from the Akali quota and president of the town’s arhhitya (commission agent) association, was known to have done fundraising for the CPS; and the ED suspects his job was to convert black money into white for the politcal leaders.

Shabby past of aides of the CPS

Goyal was not the only close associate of the CPS. Two more right hand men of the SAD MLA, Gurmail Singh Bhola and Manjeet Singh Billa have alredy been investigated by the police in the drug supply case. The Jalandhar police had interrogated Bhola few months before summoning of the CPS last year while Billa is locked up since the police claimed to have seized drug power from him in June.

Bhola, most trusted partner of the CPS who as per locals have made huge money from the sand business till he flew to the foreign country just after investigation by the Police last year, owns heavy trucks and other digging machiner. He enjoyed completed freedom at the local administrative level to carry out illegal mining.

Avinash has also remained close to the family of Gorya Based Businessman Chunni Lal Gabba, whose propertly worth more than 100 crores have alredy been attached by the agency. Avinash could not be contacted has calls made on his mobile were not picked up.

ED takes custody of Canadian NRI

The agency on Monday also took custody of an accused in Bhola drug case and close association of the drug lord, Sukhraj Singh alias Raja. A Canadian resident, Raja, ED believes, used to appear on behalf of Bhola for carrying registeries of big properties purchased by the drug lord.

The agency has recently asked a special court Patiala court for the custody of Raja, aftter his role emerged as a close associate of Bhola when ED attached many properties of Bhola worth hundered of crores. Raja is basically a native of Jalandhar and his investigation by the ED is likely to provide the agency more leads about the role of NRIs in the drug case. The NRI, whose custody will end on March 2, will be investigated by the agency in a special cell available in the ED headquarters in Jalandhar.

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