Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA and chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Avinash Chander missed his fifth appointment with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Jalandhar on Friday. His wife Santosh and brother Steven Kler were also failed to heed the summons issued in the same case.
The ED had called the three in for questioning regarding a money laundering case connected to a multi-crore synthetic drugs case. Aam Aadmi Party workers had gathered in front of the ED office at around 9.30 am hoping to shower the CPS with coins.
“We had gone to throw chillar (coins) on Chander and to make him aware that the people of Punjab are ready to give him chillar but he should not indulge in alleged drug business,” said Himanshu Pathak, AAP national council member. He added that till the time Chander is facing the ED inquiry, he must be removed from the post of CPS to ensure a fair probe.
Sensing trouble, Jalandhar police detained a few AAP leaders, who were released at 3.00 pm. Chander could not be reached for comments.
On March 8, Chander was grilled by ED for 11 hours in connection with the case.
No case has been registered against Chander. He was summoned on the basis of a diary seized from Goraya-based businessman Chuni Lal Gaba, arrested in connection with the case.
Then ED summoned Chander’s wife Santosh who allegedly has many prime properties in her name in Kartarpur, Jalandhar, Phillaur areas.
Punjab revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia was also summoned by ED last year when Bhola had accused him in front of the media. The ED has attached the properties of half dozen accused including main accused Jagdish Singh Bhola, a former cop, worth Rs 120 crores till date.
ED sources informed that CPS had sent a message to ED office around 2 pm and expressed his inability to appear on Friday and sought three weeks’ time to appear before the ED. “His wife and brother will be called soon,” said sources adding that earlier also CPS had sought three weeks time to submit the required documents but had not done so.