In line with Supreme Court observation that“bail in cases involving heinous crimes, like the offences under the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, may not be granted as a matter of right” and High Court order of July 2, ED court dismissed Lal Gaba’s interim bail.
Chunni Lal Gaba (72), a former president of Goraya Muncipal Council is an accused in money laundering case, had surrendered before the court in February in connection with the moneylaundering case against him. He was granted interim bail on March 28 in wake of COVID-19 and it was extended on May 8.
Gaba surrendered before the CBI special court, which is designated ED court as well. Interim bail was dismissed by ED court and was sent to judicial custody.
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Gaba who has business interests in real estate and pharmaceuticals was accused by former Punjab police DSP and drug lord Jagdish Singh Bhola in January 2014 for trading in synthetic drug pseudoephedrine in association with Delhi- based smuggler Varinder Raja, after which ED has registered money laundering case.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had chargesheeted nine members of Gaba’s family, associated with his 11 firms, in connection with the Bhola drug case for the alleged violation of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).As per chargesheetGurmesh’s brother Gurjit had sent a package containing pseudoephedrine, a banned substance, worth over Rs. 150 crore to Canada and the money generated from the trade was used to buy properties. The family had even surrendered Rs. 16.5 crore during income-tax raids, but the source of this money could never be traced. The family’s property worth over Rs. 100 crore was confiscated by ED.
Besides Gaba, his three sons Gurjit, Gurmesh and Mahesh, Suresh Kumar, brother Harmesh Gaba, 23-year-old grandson Khushwant Gaba, Gurjit’s wife Rekha and Harmesh’s wife Sudesh Rani were booked.Gaba was acquitted in the Bhola drug case while his son Gurjit Singh Gaba alias Monu was convicted and sentenced to 10-year jail. Their manager Suresh Kumar was awarded 12-year imprisonment.
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