The Supreme Court has refused to intrude with the order handed by the Punjab & Haryana High Court granting bail to former Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s nephew Bhupinder Singh Honey in reference to a cash laundering case pertaining to an unlawful sand mining case.
Dismissing the particular go away petition filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) looking for cancellation of Honey’s bail, a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta clarified that in case any predicate offence is revived or registered, it is going to be open to the central anti-money laundering company to proceed in accordance with regulation.
“Though we have some reservations with the impugned order, as it appears that the order was passed without giving opportunity to the petitioner – Enforcement Directorate to file a reply, we are not inclined to interfere with the impugned order, ” the bench stated.
In July 2022, a bench of Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan of the P&H High Court had allowed the appliance for bail saying that the accused qualifies the triple take a look at beneath Section 45 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Honey was arrested in the course of the intervening night time of February 3 and 4, 2022 by the ED. The ED twice received Honey’s custody and was he was later despatched to judicial custody.
According to the cost sheet filed earlier than a particular Jalandhar court docket, Honey has confessed that it was his Rs 10 crore had been recovered by the ED throughout raids. On March 7, 2018, an FIR towards greater than 10 folks was lodged by the Punjab Police with its Rahon Police Station beneath sections 21(1), 4(1) of the Mines and Mineral Act learn with sections 379, 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471 of IPC.
The ED initiated a cash laundering probe on the premise of this FIR pertaining to unlawful sand mining in Punjab in November 2021.