Chief Parliamentary Secretary fails to appear before ED, wants case adjourned


Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Avinash Chander, his wife and brother, did not appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) authorities today in connection with a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). They were summoned by the central agency in connection with the multi-crore Bhola drug racket. The trio sought adjournment of the hearing for three weeks.The police, meanwhile, detained 10 workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) while they were moving towards the office of the ED office to hand over coins collected by them to the CPS. Carrying a bag filled with coins, AAP members said they planned to hand over the “chillar” to the CPS “so that he keeps our money and spares the state from the drug menace”.The protesters were raising slogans: “Nasheyan di sarkaar murdabad, nasheyan di sarkaar de mantri murdabad” and demanding the CPS’s resignation. The police asked them not to raise slogans, but the AAP activists did not relent. Around noon, the police bundled them into a jeep and took them to the Division Number 7 police station. From there, they were taken to the Jandiala police station. They were let off after 3 pm when the ED officials revealed the CPS, his wife and brother had sought three-week adjournment.The Phillaur legislator has appeared before the ED four times earlier. His wife Santosh Kler and brother Steven Kler chose not to appear before the ED for the second consecutive time today. On April 8 also, they had not appeared before the authorities. Avinash’s fourth session in front of ED’s investigating officer Niranjan Singh on March 8 had stretched to 11 hours.

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