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Drug racket: ED to issue fresh summons to son of SAD MLA

PTI  Chandigarh, May 22, 2014
First Published: 19:19 IST(22/5/2014) | Last Updated: 07:38 IST(23/5/2014)

The son of senior Akali Dalleader and former Punjab minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur is likely to be summoned for the fourth time for questioning in the Rs. 5,000 crore synthetic drug racket.

"We will issue fresh summons in June to Damanvir Singh in order to question him for his links with drug lord Jagdish Singh Bhola," an Enforcement Directorate official told PTI today on condition of anonymity.

Damanvir was earlier served summons by ED in February, March and April to join the investigation.

However, citing poor health, Damanvir had sought more time to join the investigation, the ED official said.

Damanvir's father Phillaur, the MLA from Kartarpur who held the portfolio of Jails, Tourism and Cultural Affairs in the SAD-BJP government, today resigned from the Council of Ministers "on moral grounds" following reports of the alleged involvement of a member of his family in drug trade.

Damavir's name cropped up during the inquiry into the dealings of drug racket kingpin and sacked Punjab police DSP Jagdish Singh Bhola.

ED is carrying out its investigation into the case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Punjab police had last year busted a major drug racket in the state and nabbed Bhola, who allegedly used to supply narcotics to the USA and some European countries.

Meanwhile, Phillaur today claimed that nobody from his family was involved in the drug racket and said he would resign from SAD if the allegations against his son were proved to be correct.

"My family is not involved at all in it (drug racket)," he told reporters here today.

"The media reports have no basis in truth and are totally false and grossly misleading... Yet I am resigning from the Council of Ministers on moral grounds to uphold the highest traditions of our party," he said.

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