The Banur police on Friday filed a supplementary challan against industrialist Paramjit Singh Chahal, brother of Jagjit Singh Chahal, who is a co-accused in the international drug racket in which Jagdish Singh Bhola is the alleged kingpin.
The challan has been filed against Paramjit, besides Davinder Singh Happy and Goa hotelier Anil Chawan alias Ravi Goa, under Section 29 (abetment and criminal conspiracy) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985, while Harmahinder Singh has been charged under sections 212 (harbouring offender) and 216 (harbouring offender who has escaped from custody or whose apprehension has been ordered) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
All of them were named in the first information report (FIR) against Bhola, a former Punjab DSP (deputy superintendent of police), on November 3, 2013. Paramjit is a co-owner of the three pharmaceutical companies (two in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, and one in Pathankot, Punjab) from where the police recovered contraband. Jagjit had been arrested in this connection.
In the challan, the police revealed that no recoveries had been made during Paramjit’s investigation. The Punjab and Haryana high court had granted bail to Paramjit in March.
As per the challan, Anil Chawan used to smuggle drugs through ships from Goa. At the time of his arrest, the police claimed that they had seized a machine used to check the purity of drug samples before their delivery. Chawan was also involved in several cases filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Mumbai, police sources said.
The challan says that Davinder Singh Happy, a resident of Lehra Mohabbat (Sangrur), was Bhola’s driver, while Harmahinder Singh had harboured Bhola at his place in Delhi during the latter’s trips pertaining to drugs deals.
Meanwhile, the special leave petition (SPL) filed by the Punjab police, seeking the cancellation of bail to Paramjit and also seeking his custodial interrogation, has been admitted in the Supreme Court.
The Punjab government had in April approved the filing of the SLP challenging the controversial judgment of justice Muttaci Jeyapaul of the Punjab and Haryana high court.