Express News Service
NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday performed searches on the numerous properties of ‘insurgent’ AAP MLA from Punjab Sukhpal Singh Khaira in reference to a
money-laundering case linked to narcotics trafficking and the creation of an alleged faux passport.
Reacting to the raids, the AAP MLA mentioned that the central authorities is attempting to suppress his voice as he supported the continued farmers’ protests.
According to sources, ED sleuths who got here in from Delhi performed searches since morning at his Sector 5 residence in Chandigarh. Similar searches are underway at properties linked to Khaira in Haryana and Delhi after a cash laundering case was registered.
Sources mentioned that the property papers, in addition to banking transactions of Khaira, are being appeared into. The Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) probe is said to alleged drug trafficking and a faux passport case as a number of accused in the case are lodged in jail.
Khaira from Bhulath in Kapurthala district was elected to the state meeting in 2017 on an AAP ticket. In 2019, he floated `Punjab Ekta Party’ with items overseas.
A Congress MLA from the identical constituency, Khaira had been vocal on the difficulty of the suspicious dying of farmer Navreet Singh, who died on January 26 throughout the farmers’ protest.
“The Union union authorities is attempting to gag my voice as I’ve supported the farmers’ agitation and raised the difficulty of dying of farmer Navreet Singh who died on January 26 throughout the farmers’ protest. The ED additionally lately performed raids on the premises of actress Tapsee Pannu and filmmaker Anurag Kashpay as the federal government is afraid of us. I and my household have at all times been preventing for justice and supporting the reality and have by no means achieved something unsuitable in our life,” Khaira mentioned.
“There is not any duplicate or faux passport with me and this allegation is completely unsuitable. I received the discover for cash laundering. But I wish to inform you that I’m in debt as two years in the past I’ve taken Rs 2 crore agriculture restrict which I’ve not paid until date. I’m nonetheless repaying it by borrowing cash from my relations and mates. My earnings is professional.”
Khaira additional mentioned that the ED officers are doing their obligation and a staff headed by a deputy director together with assistant administrators and others are looking out their properties. “Our telephones have been taken and I have no idea any particulars. I imagine that our household home in the ancestral village of Ramgarh can also be raided. They are scanning all paperwork,” he mentioned.
“I’m not afraid of the raid as earlier additionally on the instructions of SAD-BJP and Congress governments in Punjab, the state businesses have raided my properties.”