Punjab: Former CM Channi’s Nephew Bhupinder Honey Booked In Illegal Sand Mining

Former chief minister of Punjab and senior Congress leader Charanjit Channi’s nephew Bhupinder Singh Honey is booked in the illegal sand mining case on Monday. The Punjab Police has registered an FIR against Bhupinder and close aide Kudratdeep Singh for their alleged involvement in illegal sand mining at Malikapur mining site in 2017 in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. 

In January this year, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids at the residence of the then CM Channi’s nephew Bhupinder Honey. Now the Punjab Police has booked Bhupinder Honey.

The Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 379 (theft), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 120B (criminal conspiracy), and section 15 of the Environment Protection Act are all referenced in the FIR, which was filed on Monday at police station Rahon.

As quoted by ABP Sanjha on its official Twitter handle in Punjabi:

“ਗੈਰ-ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਮਾਈਨਿੰਗ ‘ਚ ED ਦੀ ਰਿਪੋਰਟ ‘ਤੇ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਨੇ ਚੰਨੀ ਦੇ ਭਤੀਜੇ ਭੁਪਿੰਦਰ ਹਨੀ ਅਤੇ ਉਸ ਦੇ ਦੋਸਤ ਕੁਦਰਤਦੀਪ ‘ਤੇ ਦਰਜ ਕੀਤੀ ਨਵੀਂ FIR”

According to the IG headquarters, the Nawanshahr SSP promptly formed a SIT under the direction of SP (investigation) Nawanshahr in order to conduct a more thorough inquiry based on the ED information. The SIT then discovered that both of the accused had employed heavy machinery to conduct unlawful mining in that region, breaking the terms of the environmental clearance granted by the state-level environment authorities. 

The IG noted that during the searches, the ED discovered phoney 73 weighment sheets with dates of November 10, 2017, which were also utilised by the accused.

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