Court Dismisses Majithia’s Early Bail Request; Punjab CM claims SAD chief’s involvement in drugs – the New Indian Express


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CHANDIGARH: A court in Mohali on Friday rejected the early bail request of leader Shiromani Akali Dal and former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who was convicted of a drug case.

Majithia had seized a court Thursday after the registration of the case and the issuance of a circular of surveillance against him.

The bail application was filed by Majithia’s attorney, DS Sobti, who told reporters outside the courtroom that the extra sessions judge “had rejected the plea.”

Majithia, in her plea, argued that the state’s congressional government had “made no effort to abuse its powers and position in revenge on its political opponents.”

“In this case, however, on the facts, the plaintiff attempted to establish a case of political vendetta, but the plaintiff himself was one of the powerful people in state politics until 2017. and the delay in filing the FIR cannot be grounds for presuming that the whole case against the plaintiff is false, ”the court order said.

The court said that the question of the legality of the FIR also cannot be a ground for granting an advance bond.

The FIR was registered on the basis of a report which at first glance “shows the applicant’s involvement in drug trafficking” and the “harboring” of the defendants involved, the court said.

“All of these financial facts and transactions and the extent of the plaintiff’s complicity must be fully investigated, which can only be done in the custody of the plaintiff and not under the protection of an advance bond.” , said the court.

Therefore, taking into account all the facts and the gravity of the offense, it is not an appropriate case where the benefit of an advance bond can be granted to the plaintiff, according to the order.

“Accordingly, the conclusion of the bail application is unfounded and the same is dismissed. However, any comments made previously will not affect the merits of the case,” the court order reads.

On Monday, Majithia, 46, was sentenced under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) based on a 2018 investigative report into drug trafficking in the state.

Majithia, is the brother-in-law of Shiromani leader Akali Dal Sukhbir Singh Badal and the brother of former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Majithia had previously denied all charges against him.

Shiromani Akali Dal had called the FIR recording against Majithia a “political vendetta”.

The 49-page FIR was recorded by the State Crime Bureau at its Mohali police station.

“Targeting the applicant / petitioner is one of the main electoral thrusts of the current government. In order to carry out its electoral coup, the Congressional government of the State of Punjab has been intimidating agents day and night to register false cases against the senior leaders of Shiromani Akali Dal, including the plaintiff / petitioner ”, the claimant said. request for release on bail.

The applicant had also pleaded that three DGP and three directors of the Bureau of Investigation had been changed and that the police officers had been forced to implicate the applicant falsely.

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said on Friday that SAD chief Bikram Singh Majithia had been convicted in a drug case as there is sufficient evidence against him and an STF report indicates this. .

The CM also vowed to catch the “big fish” involved in drug trafficking and criticized his predecessor Amarinder Singh, saying he had not released the STF report on it and had now made a statement. of “support” to Majithia.

Majithia, 46, was sentenced on Monday under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) based on a 2018 situation report on a drug trafficking investigation in the state.

The Union’s Interior Ministry has issued a surveillance circular against the former Punjabian minister, which prevents him from leaving the country.

Majithia appealed to a court in Mohali for early bail.

Channi told reporters here that drug trafficking came to the fore in 2013, when the SAD-BJP government was in power in the state.

He said the Law Enforcement Directorate had been investigating the case since 2013, when the now dismissed police officer Jagdish Singh Bhola, alleged leader of the designer drugs case, was arrested by the police. Punjab police.

It was Bhola who took Majithia’s name to the media after her arrest in January 2014, Channi said.

“The STF report mentioned that there was sufficient evidence against Bikram Majithia. Later, we converted this report into an FIR,” he told reporters ruling out any political vendetta. Channi held his predecessor Amarinder Singh and the then attorney general responsible for not making the STF report public and taking action on it. “

“The cat is out of the bag. Now Amarinder Singh is also coming to support Majithia,” he alleged.

Channi said that after becoming CM, the case was continued.

He also criticized AAP and Delhi national official CM Arvind Kejriwal, who called the recording of the case against Majithia a “political coup” just before the elections.

Channi said Kejriwal needed to clarify his position first, as it was the AAP chief who previously apologized to Majithia.

Kejriwal had apologized to Majithia for making “unfounded” allegations, after which the Akali chief decided to withdraw legal action against the Delhi CM.

The apology came after a compromise was negotiated between Majtihia and Kejriwal by Manjinder Singh Sirsa, who was then a leader of SAD.

Referring to the case against Majithia now, Channi said Kejriwal must now apologize to the people of Punjab.

The CM said the case was brought against Majithia after being convinced of it.

“First of all, I convinced myself and asked my officers that what we were doing had to be right. listened to my conscience, ”he said.

“This fight (against the drug threat) is the nation’s fight, it is the fight of the Punjab, it is the fight to secure the future of our youth. We will not spare those who propagate the threat. drugs and bring this case to its logical conclusion, ”Channi said.

He said the ownership and businesses of the “big fish” found to be involved in the drug racketeering will also be under the scanner now.

“Until the point where you don’t catch big fish, it doesn’t send a message below,” Channi said.


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