Bhola drug racket: ED files final chargesheet against Phillaur, son

Bathinda, July 12

In the drug racket case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has submitted its final chargesheet against the 12 accused—including former Punjab minister and SAD leader Sarwan Singh Phillaur, son Damanbir Singh Phillaur, former CPS Avinash Chander—and eight companies under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The prosecution has sought imprisonment of up to 10 years for all 12 accused and owners of eight companies plus confiscation of properties with a market value of Rs 65 crore.

The chargesheet was presented in the Mohali court of the Special Judge, CBI-PMLA court, on Wednesday by ED’s Deputy Director Niranjan Singh who has been doubling as investivation officer in the case.

 

Besides the above, there are other influential people whose names have figured in the chargesheet. They are: businessman Jagjit Singh Chahal, who, is currently lodged in Central Jail, Patiala; his Ludhiana-based brother Paramjit Singh Chahal, currently lodged in Central Jail, Nabha; Inderjit Kaur, wife of Jagjit Singh Chahal; Davinder Sharma of Una; Jaswinder Singh of Shahkot, who is currently living in Surrey, Canada; Sachin Sardana of Bhiwani; Sushil Kumar Sardana of Bhiwani; Kailash Sardana, wife of Sushil Kumar Sardana; Rashmi Sardana, wife of Sachin Sardana; and M/S Chahal Tyre World Private Limited.

The ED, it is learnt, has also filed a supplementary chargesheet against sacked Punjab DSP and alleged drug racket kingpin Jagdish Bhola who had named a powerful Punjab politician in the murky business.

The ED pleaded that the drug racket busted by Punjab Police in 2012-14 by way of registration of multiple FIRs had national and international ramifications. Following the police action, the premier agency had also registered its case on March 25, 2013 under the provisions of the PMLA Act on the basis of the FIR registered at Fatehgarh Sahib police station and eight FIRs were subjected to investigation under the provisions of the PMLA. On the other hand, Punjab Police had chargesheeted 104 accused.

The ED contended that the investigation so far has revealed that a variety of drugs like heroin, methamphatamine (ice drug), pseudoephedrine, ephedrine and related chemicals had been recovered by the police from the accused and their associates based in India and abroad.

“It has resulted in generation of substantial proceeds of crime which invariably have been parked in movable/immovable assets of various firms and companies. The accused persons and their associates have siphoned off the cash proceeds generated from the drug crime, mixed it with other money for the purpose of layering and the same has been invariably routed into movable/immovable properties/business of firms and companies through their directors and partners,” said the chargesheet.

ED officers led by Niranjan Singh are learnt to have told the court that only some of the accused, firms and companies have been named as the investigation against the rest is on and evidence is being collected.

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