Manpreet slams conspiracy to cover up drug smuggling probe

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 17, 2015 17:31 IST

People’s Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Saturday slammed the deeper conspiracy to hush up the probe into the drug racket in Punjab involving the higher ups by transferring enforcement directorate assistant director Niranjan Singh who happened to be the investigating officer in this case in which the name of revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia had surfaced.

He said this transfer should be seen along with the intervention of the Punjab and Haryana high court sought by the local enforcement directorate officials against their harassment by the Punjab Police.

Manpreet alleged the conspiratorial transfer of Niranjan Singh at the time when the probe was going on and Majithia had already been questioned once was a serious issue. Moreover, the orders had come close on the heels of custodial interrogation of another accused Bittu Aulakh for the first time by the ED team.

The ED had sought custodial interrogation of three accused in this case who had been arrested by the police following the interrogation of Jagdish Bhola considered to be the main accused. He recalled it was Bhola who had given out Majithia’s name.

Manpreet said the transfer could otherwise be a routine matter but not in such a case when the officer concerned was the investigating officer in a high profile case. He pointed out Majithia was brother of union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and brother-in-law of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and as such, this was not an ordinary drug smuggling case.

Stressing the need for CBI probe under the supervision of the higher court, he said doubts were already being expressed about the case likely to be hushed up as the accused were being given clean chit by the state government even before the probe had been initiated.

He said the investigating officer had been transferred at the time when Majithia was again likely to be summoned by the department for questioning and as such, this was a serious matter.

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