PATIALA: The court of special judge CBI Mohali SS Mann today dismissed the anticipatory bail applications moved by the former Akali Minister Swaran Singh Phillaur, his son Damanvir Singh Phillaur and ex-Chief Parliamentary Secretary Avinash Chander along with four of their associates.
The accused had been charged under section 4 of Prevention Of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the Enforcement Directorate for laundering money generated from the multi-crore synthetic drug racket allegedly being run by wrestler turned cop turned drug kingpin Jagdish Bhola.
The Enforcement Directorate had in July, this year, filed a challan against the said persons and six others before special CBI court which is also the special designated court under the Prevention of the Money Laundering Act (PMLA) of 2002.
Deputy Director of Enforcement Directorate Niranjan Singh said they had filed 8400-page challan in the court against the accused. Other than Phillaur, his son and Chander, those named in the challan included pharma king Jagjit Singh Chahal, his wife Inderjeet Kaur and his brother Paramjit Singh Chahal. Besides, names of Davinder Sharma, Jaswinder Singh, Sushil Kumar Sardana, his son Sachin Sardana wife Kailash Sardana and daughter in law Rashmi Sardana were also mentioned in the challan.
During today’s hearing the bail applications of Sushil Kumar Sardana, his wife Kailash Sardana his son Sachin Sardana and daughter in law Rashmi Sardana were rejected by the court.
The deputy director said that the accused had laundered the money generated from the crimes committed by the Jagdish Bhola and parked these invariably in immovable and moveable assets. He said a diary which contained details of the money transactions taking place between the accused became the base of the ED investigations.
Jagjitpal Singh Sarao, special prosecutor for ED, said after the repealing of Section 44 of the PMLA, under which no person accused of an offence punishable for a term of imprisonment of more than three years under Part A of the schedule could be released on bail, it was the first decision taken by a PMLA court in the country.
There is no use finding fault with the EVMs now when the party leadership committed a historic blunder with regard to the overall strategy in the elections. First, it should look within to find out reasons that stopped AAP’s march to power,” Chandigarh-based The Tribune quoted Mann as saying.
18 Mar 2018
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