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  • Former minister Dharamsot arrested by ED
  • Congress leader held in money laundering case
  • Taken into custody under PMLA in Jalandhar

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He has represented the Nabha assembly seat while Giljian has been an MLA from the Urmar seat in Hoshiarpur district.

Former Punjab forest minister S S Dharamsot arrested by ED in money laundering case

The Enforcement Directorate on Monday arrested Congress leader and former Punjab forest minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot under the anti-money laundering law in an investigation linked to an alleged forest scam in the state, official sources said.

The agency took the 64-year-old politician into custody under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Jalandhar.

The ED had raided the premises of Dharamsot, another forest minister of the state Sangat Singh Giljian, some forest department officials and others in November last year.

The investigation pertains to charges of "bribery" in the state forest department against the issuance of permits for tree felling and for transfer/posting in the department, among other allegations.

Dharamsot has been a five-time MLA and was also arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau last year in a case linked to alleged possession of disproportionate assets.

He has represented the Nabha assembly seat while Giljian has been an MLA from the Urmar seat in Hoshiarpur district.


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