The Punjab and Haryana high court has asked the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) to inform as to how it could assist in unearthing the international drug smuggling racket because of its international ramifications where even Interpol could be of help.
The division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih also directed the Punjab police to file its status report about the outcome of the investigation being done into the case in which its ex-deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Jagdish Singh alias Bhola, kingpin of an international synthetic drug racket, had been arrested last month.
The directions came while impleading the CBI as one of the parties in an ongoing case in which the court had treated former Punjab director general of police (DGP, prisons) Shashi Kant's petition, blaming 'narco politics' for the rampant drug menace in Punjab, as a public interest litigation.
Arguing the case on Wednesday, Kant said, "Only the CBI and Interpol can investigate international ramifications in drug smuggling. The Punjab police cannot go abroad. Hence, it is important to make the CBI a party in the case."
Kant also informed the court that as the court had permitted him earlier to approach the Election Commission of India, he had submitted his representation highlighting that the drug menace in Punjab was badly affecting the election process as well. He added that the Election Commission had assured him to take appropriate action on his representation.
The court also allowed the prayer made by Chandigarh-based non-governmental organization Lawyers for Human Rights International to become an intervener in the case. Appearing for the organisation, advocate Navkiran Singh submitted, "The arrest of ex-DSP of Punjab police, namely Jagdish Singh alias Bhola, has thrown open a can of worms which show a very ugly picture and the investigation of the Patiala police has revealed that in Punjab as well as the neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh, pharmaceutical industries were producing synthetic drugs by the name of ICE. This was supplied throughout the country and to Canada and various parts of Europe through a well-woven network of Punjab NRI smugglers who were visiting India in the garb of holding wrestling matches."
Navkiran Singh also submitted the news items carried by Hindustan Times about the startling revelations during the Patiala police's investigation in Bhola's case. He also requested the court that the probe in the case should be carried out by an agency which was competent enough to bring to justice the accused who are located inter-state and internationally.
The court, after taking the application on record, directed the Punjab government to file its status report on the same before January 29.