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Ex-Punjab Minister Bikram Majithia Booked Beneath NDPS Act; SAD Alleges ‘Political Vendetta’

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Former Punjab minister and senior SAD chief Bikram Singh Majithia was booked beneath the NDPS Act, triggering allegations of political vendetta from his occasion. A case beneath the Narcotic Medication and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was registered towards him on the idea of a 2018 standing report of a probe into the drug racket within the state.

The report was filed by anti-drug particular process pressure (STF) chief Harpreet Singh Sidhu within the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom in 2018. Majithia, (46), is the brother-in-law of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and brother of former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Majithia had earlier denied all fees towards him.

In the meantime, it’s learnt that the police are in search of Majithia to arrest him. A particular investigation workforce led by Deputy Inspector Basic (Crime) has additionally been shaped on this regard, sources stated. The opposition SAD, nevertheless, dubbed the transfer as political vendetta. The 49-page FIR was registered by the state crime department at its Mohali police station beneath varied sections of the NDPS Act.

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The sections embody 25 (punishment for permitting one’s premises for its use for the fee of an offence), 27 A (for financing sale, buy, manufacturing, manufacture, possession, transportation, use or consumption, import and export or any act pertaining to narcotics) and 29 (for abetting or plotting an offence). The FIR famous that the authorized opinion of Punjab’s advocate common too was taken earlier than registering the identical.

On the idea of the standing report of the STF together with the opinion of the advocate common, a cognizable offence is made out and due to this fact a case be registered and investigated, the FIR famous. The FIR said that the case shall be investigated by a particular investigation workforce for which orders are being issued individually. All associated elements and proof might be examined totally and investigation accomplished expeditiously as per info and regulation, it additional learn.

The STF report pending with the excessive court docket was based mostly on confessional statements given by some accused, together with Jagjit Singh Chahal, Jagdish Singh Bhola and Maninder Singh Aulakh, of the 2013 multi-crore drug racket case, given to the Enforcement Directorate (ED). On this case, Majithia was additionally questioned by the ED in December 2014 when he was the minister within the Akali authorities.

In accordance with the findings, prima facie there’s adequate proof on report to additional examine the position of Shri Bikram Singh Majithia as regards the allegations made within the utility beneath scrutiny, the FIR said. Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi stated the state authorities is dedicated to taking authorized motion towards drug traffickers and delivering justice to Punjabis.

“Right now step one has been taken to present justice to all of them (victims of drug illness within the state) by registering an FIR towards Bikram Singh Majithia in Crime Department, Mohali on the idea of the report of the STF that was shaped on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom,” he stated in a tweet.

Majithia was elected to the Vidhan Sabha in 2007, 2012 and 2017, and has remained minister for water provide and sanitation, info and public relations, science, know-how, atmosphere, income, NRI affairs and non-conventional power.

Reacting on the event, former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh stated it is not going to stand the authorized scrutiny as the federal government had not adopted due technique of regulation. Speaking to reporters in Muktsar, SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal stated, “We already knew it.” He stated the Congress authorities modified three state police chiefs to guide and arrest the Badals and Majithia.

“Take me wherever you wish to, I’m prepared. Any authorities which indulges on this vendetta has to face the implications, “Badal, the five-time Punjab chief minister, stated. He stated the job of the federal government is to serve folks and never bask in political vendetta.

AAP chief Raghav Chadha dubbed the registration of FIR towards Majithia as an election stunt of the ruling Congress. He stated he had earlier stated {that a} deal had been reached between SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi to arrest Majithia on the idea of a weak case.

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu welcomed the event, claiming, in a sequence of tweets, that it was attainable on account of his over five-year-long combat with the corrupt system run by Badal Household & Captain and a delay of 4 years on account of inaction on the ED & STF report towards Majithia. He termed the registration of the FIR a slap on the face of all these highly effective who slept for years on points on the coronary heart of Punjab’s soul. The Punjab Congress chief has been urgent the Charanjit Singh Channi authorities to behave on the massive fish concerned within the drug racket.

A number of days in the past, the Channi authorities was left embarrassed when a letter by Further Director Basic of Police S Ok Asthana to the then state police chief Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota had surfaced on social media. Asthana had cited some authorized hurdles in conducting reinvestigation in drug instances towards Majithia.

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