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Drug lab scam: SC dismisses pre-arrest bail plea of main accused

chandigarh Updated: Jan 17, 2014 23:53 IST
Prabhjit Singh
Prabhjit Singh
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The Supreme Court has dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Dr Rajwinderpal Singh, the main accused in the drug lab scam, even as co-accused Rajesh Mishra surrendered in the Mohali district court on Friday. Rajwinderpal, who is at large, is a chemical examiner at the Punjab health department's drug lab at Kharar.

Mishra, a junior assistant at the lab, would be produced in the court on Monday after his three-day police remand. On December 18, another accused, Mohit, a Class-4 employee, had surrendered.

The Punjab vigilance bureau (VB) had opposed Rajwinderpal's bail application in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, highlighting that the main accused was wanted by the VB on the charges of faking more than 200 lab test reports wherein samples of seized drugs such as opium, smack and heroin were shown as 'negative'.

The fourth accused, Lekh Raj, a lab technician, has been absconding along with Rajwinderpal for more than two months now after the VB registered the FIR on November 11, 2013, under the Prevention of Corruption Act and various sections of the Indian Penal Code at the Mohali VB police station.

The VB had registered the case and begun an investigation on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, where a case of one such fake chemical report related to the seizure of 25-kg opium had come up for hearing.

The VB has so far submitted two status reports in the high court, the second in a sealed cover, stating that some more names in the health department and also from the police had surfaced while probing the connivance of cops with department employees.

All four accused were suspended under the state employees' service rules earlier this month after the VB wrote to the department for strict action against them.

Their suspension has been effected under Rule 8 of the service rules, which could lead to the dismissal of their services.

Transfer pending

The state government is yet to begin the process for the transfer of possession of the health department's Kharar lab to the home department, as per the directions of the high court.

A draft proposal in this regard is awaiting the nod of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, who also holds the home portfolio.