- Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi referred to the raid conducted by the ED at his relative’s residence.
- Channi alleged that the personnel of the Federal Investigation Agency were trying to “implicate” him in the case.
- AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, in a tweet targeting Channi, has termed him a ‘dishonest man’.
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government is hatching a “conspiracy” to “implicate” him in a case in which the Enforcement Directorate has conducted raids at several places in the state. Channi alleged that whenever elections are held, the BJP-led government at the Center uses agencies like the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Income Tax Department to target political opponents. At the same time, Aam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called Channi a ‘dishonest man’.
‘A conspiracy has been hatched to implicate me in the case’
“A conspiracy has been hatched to implicate me in this case,” Channi said, referring to the raid conducted by the ED at his relative’s residence on Tuesday. The Punjab CM, while addressing a press conference along with some ministers, including Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, alleged that the personnel of the Federal Investigation Agency were trying to “implicate” him in the case. ED sources said on Wednesday that cash worth Rs 10 crore was seized during the raids conducted in connection with the ongoing anti-money laundering probe against illegal sand mining in Punjab.
‘Rs 8 crore found from locations linked to Channi’s nephew’
Of this, Rs 8 crore was seized from the premises of Channi’s nephew Bhupinder Singh alias Honey, sources said. Sources said that cash worth Rs 2 crore has been recovered from the hideout of a person named Sandeep Kumar. Channi, reacting to the ED’s raids on his nephew’s premises, claimed that his name was not even included in the FIR lodged by the Nawanshahr (Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district) police in 2018.
‘This action was taken after taking cognizance of the complaints’
However, officials said the action was taken after taking cognizance of the Nawanshahr police’s 2018 FIR and other similar complaints received by the police against some companies and persons allegedly involved in illegal sand mining business in the state. Channi tried to link the ED raids on his nephew’s premises with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Ferozepur. During this visit, the Prime Minister had to return without addressing the rally after Modi’s convoy was stopped for 15 to 20 minutes due to farmers’ protest.
‘Why am I being avenged?’
Referring to the ED raids, the Chief Minister said, “If Modi had to return, what is my fault in this? Why am I being avenged?’ Voting for the Punjab Assembly elections is to be held on February 20. At the same time, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet targeting Channi has called him a ‘dishonest man’. Let us inform that Congress and Aam Aadmi Party are face to face in the Punjab Assembly elections.
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