Probing charges of money-laundering involved in widespread networking of drugs in Punjab, the enforcement directorate (ED) has issued summons to former SAD minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur, chief parliamentary secretary and SAD MLA Avinash Chander and Jalandhar Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh.
According to sources, the Jalandhar MP has been summoned to appear on October 13, while Phillaur and Avinash Chander have been asked to appear before the ED on October 17. Sources said notices were issued to the three on October 5.
The ED has summoned them on the basis of a diary seized by the income tax department during its February 16 raids on Goraya-based businessman Chunni Lal Gaba’s premises, following which the Gabas had surrendered `16 crore to the department. The diary, it is learnt, has names of over 300 people, including those of top bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen.
An entry in the diary indicated that Rs 12 lakh was paid to Phillaur, Rs 48 lakh to Avinash Chander; besides, money was also paid to Chaudhary.
The leaders, though, denied having received the money.