Punjab’s firebrand politician arrested by ED
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
In a major development in poll bound state, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday arrested former Punjab MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira, 56, in connection with a money laundering case being probed against him and others, said officials.
Sukhpal Singh Khaira won the assembly election in 2017 from the Bholath Assembly seat in Punjab’s Kapurthala district on Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket. He resigned from the primary membership of the AAP in January 2019 and floated his own outfit, the Punjab Ekta Party. He then re-joined the Congress few months ago under the leadership of former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials said Khaira was taken into custody by the central probe agency in Punjab under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Punjab’s firebrand politician arrested by ED. The probing agency had raided his premises in March this year and has alleged Khaira is an “associate” of drug case convicts and fake passport racketeers.
The politician has denied any wrongdoing and said he is being targeted by central agencies as he has been vocal against the Centre’s three new farm laws.