The enforcement directorate (ED) on Monday questioned Kartapur SAD MLA Sarwan Singh Phillaur, and the party's legislator from Phillaur and chief parliamentary secretary Avinash Chander on the basis of information found in the diary of a Goraya-based businessman Chunni Lal Gaba in a multicrore drug racket in the state. The names of these leaders were reportedly mentioned as the recipient of money in Gaba's diary.
The Gaba family owns drug manufacturing units at Amb of Una district, and courted controversy after it was linked with `6,000 crore drug racket in Punjab. Sitting Congress Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh has also been summoned by the ED and asked to join investigations on October 17.
ED sources said former SAD minister Phillaur, who had to resign as the jails minister after his son Damanvir Singh's name cropped up in the Bhola Drug haul case, arrived at 11.15 am in the ED office and was interrogated for around five-and-half-hours. CPS Avinash's grilling started in the afternoon and were still on till the filing of the news.
ED assistant director Niranjan Singh interrogated both the officers and took their statements.
Phillaur was accompanied by his son Damanvir whereas the CPS was accompanied by over 15 people, including his brother and local industrialist, Steven Kler and former CPS and lawyer Harish Rai Dhanda.
When the CPS arrived at 2:15 pm, he was asked to go back as his quizzing was scheduled at 4 pm.
The Phillaurs told the media that they had nothing to do with the case, while Avinash preferred to remain mum and avoided the reporters media present on the spot.
As per Bhola's statement to the ED, Damanvir had introduced Varinder 'Raja', a Delhi-based synthetic drug supplier, to Goraya-based businessman Chunni Lal Gaba and his son. It was alleged that Varinder used to get pseudoephedrine (chemical used to make synthetic drugs) from a pharmaceutical factory in Gagret, Himachal Pardesh, owned by Gaba, a close confidant of Damanvir's father. The Gabas were later arrested. Phillaur was asked to resign by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal "on moral grounds" on May 22 following reports of alleged involvement of Damanvir in the drug racket estimated to be worth Rs 6,000 crore.