Sand mining scam: Why did ED raid the premises of CM Channi's relative?

Amritsar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has raided 10 locations in the electoral state of Punjab. The raids are said to have been carried out in case of illegal sand mining and illegal money transactions. Among the hideouts raided by ED is the home of Bhupinder Singh Honey, a relative of Punjab CM Charanjeet Singh Channi, in Mohali.

It may be recalled that earlier the opposition has also accused people close to CM Channi of indulging in illegal sand mining business. The Income Tax Department is said to have conducted raids at a total of 10-12 different places in Punjab, including Mohali, over illegal sand mining. ED has also raided the Homeland Society in Mohali, where CM Channi's brother-in-law's residence is. It is alleged that Bhupinder had allegedly formed a firm called Punjab Realtors to obtain sand mining contracts. The agency suspects that black money has been used in taking contracts of the sand mine.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has carried out raids at a time when assembly elections are being held in the state. It is believed that the raids will speed up political rhetoric in the state and accuse the Congress government in Punjab of misusing agencies at the Centre.

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