New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday recovered Rs 3.9 crore more from the residential premises of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi's nephew Bhupinder Singh Honey during the raids. An amount of Rs 80 lakh has been recovered from one of other places covered in the search.
The ED raids are currently underway at more than 10 places in Punjab in connection with the alleged illegal sand mining case.
Today (Wednesday) is the second day of the search, which started on Tuesday at 7:30 am and a total amount of Rs 10.7 crore has been recovered so far.
The amount of cash found at the residential premises of Bhupinder Singh Honey at Ludhiana is now total Rs 7.9 crore (Rs 3.9 cr today and Rs 4 crore yesterday). Cash amounting to Rs 2 crore was recovered in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
The federal agency made the recovery during the raids in poll-bound Punjab as part of a money-laundering probe against the sand mafia and companies linked to alleged illegal sand mining in the border state.
The raids, which started around 7.30 am on Tuesday, were conducted at places, including Chandigarh and Mohali, and the action was undertaken under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), said ED officials. Sand mafia Bhupinder Singh Honey is reported to be nephew of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and had allegedly floated a firm named Punjab Realtors to get sand mining contracts.
An ED official on Tuesday confirmed that the raiding team of the ED recovered over Rs 6 crore during searches at Honey's residence Homeland Heights Society in Mohali's Sector-70 and other places. The ED has refused to connect any political links in the case.