Citing security concerns, the SAS Nagar police want the trial of druglord Jagdish Singh Bhola through video conferencing. The police have moved an application in this regard before the court of additional sessions and district judge Parminder Pal Singh.
“To ensure safety of the accused, we have put up the application seeking continuation of Bhola’s trial through video-conferencing,” says Naveen Pal Singh Lehal, station house officer of Mataur police station.
Bhola, who was arrested on November 11, has been named accused in several cases, including illegal possession and supply of drugs, illegal possession of weapons and forgery, under the NDPS Act, Arms Act and Indian Penal Code.
A former deputy superintendent of police, Bhola had been claiming false implication and seeking a probe by the CBI. On December 20, 2013, he had claimed in front of the media that three cabinet ministers were involved in the drug racket and he was willing to name them if the investigation was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The Punjab Congress had started a chain hunger strike from January19, demanding the CBI probe into the matter while alleging the involvement of SAD leaders in the international drug racket.
The police have already filed a supplementary challan against Jagdish Bhola and his five aides. All accused are in judicial custody. The case will come up for hearing on February 3.