A special CBI court here today issued an arrest warrant against Varinder Singh alias Raja, whose bail plea was recently cancelled by the Supreme Court, for failing to appear before it in a money laundering case. The case was registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against dismissed Punjab Police DSP Jagdish Singh Bhola and others. Raja, who had to attend today's court hearing, has moved an application to get exemption from personal appearance in court. After the special public prosecutor of the ED apprised the court of the SC's order in connection with the cancellation of Raja's bail application, the court issued the arrest warrant. The court also issued notice to Delhi-resident Kamaljit Singh, who has furnished Raja's bail bond and surety bond. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had granted bail to Raja in 2015 in the case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) registered by the ED in 2013. Today, ED deputy director Niranjan Singh was to record his statement against the accused including Raja, Bittu Aulakh and Mani Gill in their presence in the court. Now, the court posted the matter to August 19. Meanwhile, the ED has also moved two separate 'Letters of Request' under Section 57 of the PMLA with request to the UK and Canada authorities to give details of properties of the accused in the drug case including Bhola, Jagjit Chahal and Bittu Aulakh. The other accused, former minister Swaran Singh Phillaur and his son, also moved applications for anticipatory bail on which hearing would take place on August 16.
CBI court issues arrest warrant against Varinder Singh
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