Bail petitions of Bhola, Varinder Raja dismissed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2015 10:58 IST

The district court here has dismissed the bail applications of Jagdish Bhola and Varinder Raja, accused in the multi-crore-rupee drug racket that the state police busted in 2013.

The court declined bail to Bhola, former deputy superintendent of police, on the grounds that he might tamper with evidence once out of jail. Bhola’s counsel Satish Karkra said they now would move the high court with a fresh application.

“The delay on part of Enforcement Directorate in presenting some evidence has slowed down proceedings and the matter of Bhola’s bail,” said Karkra. He said the ED had filed a chargesheet against Bhola on March 26, 2014, but not come up with any evidence yet to substantiate it.

Bhola was arrested in November 2013 in a drug racket valued at `6,000 crore. After investigation suggested that he had assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, the ED filed the chargesheet against him in a Patiala court. “The ED gave an undertaking that it would file 55 chargesheets, but has filed only 13 since March 2014,” Bhola’s counsel claimed.

The ED pleaded for not giving bail to Bhola, saying the case was too sensitive.

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