Balchinder Singh, father of international drug racket kingpin and wrestler Jagdish Singh alias Bhola, approached the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the recently unearthed multi-crore drug racket. He has alleged that since three Punjab cabinet ministers were directly involved in the racket, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had showed his intention to save them.
Taking up the petition, the court headed by justice Ritu Bahri adjourned the case for hearing on February 10 along with the petition filed by one of the accused in the case, industrialist Jagjit Singh Chahal, also seeking the CBI probe.
Balchinder's petition is third one to be filed in the case demanding the CBI probe. Earlier, former Congress member of Parliament from Faridkot, Jagmeet Singh Brar had also approached the high court on January 6 seeking CBI probe. The petition would be heard on January 28.
A resident of Rai Kalan village in Bathinda district, Balchinder also alleged that when his son, Bhola, revealed the names of three cabinet ministers, including Bikram Singh Majithia, in police custody of the CIA staff, Patiala, senior superintendent of police, Patiala, Hardial Singh Mann informed the three ministers and on their directions Bhola was pressured against naming any minister. The petitioner has also levelled allegations of taking bribe by Mann and has sought directions that interrogation of his son should be done in the presence of his lawyer or a magistrate.
The petitioner mentioned in his petition that it is clear from various judgments by the Supreme Court that where the local police and their agencies become powerless and ineffective due to state pressure as a result of political or administrative reasons and cannot fairly investigate a case, proper course would be to entrust the probe to an independent agency. He alleged that since the state cabinet ministers were involved in the racket, police were dancing to their tunes.
Allegations against DSP
Balchinder also accused a deputy superintendent of police, Parminder Singh Cheema, a gold medalist in wrestling and Bhola's competitor in the sport, of hatching a conspiracy to implicate Bhola in false drugs cases. He alleged that this was done by Cheema to prevent Bhola from participating in the Asian Games and gaining opportunity to participate in his place.
The court was also informed that three FIRs were registered against Bhola on January 16, 2002, at Rampura and Phul police stations in Bathinda under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. However, later he was acquitted by the trial court in all these cases after noticing that the FIRs were falsely registered.