Punjab drug business worth Rs 1 lakh cr per year, claims ex- DGP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2015 10:48 IST

Former Punjab director general of police (DGP), prisons, Shashi Kant on Wednesday claimed before the Punjab and Haryana high court that the drug menace problem in Punjab had "deliberately been shrunk by the state and that the drug business was worth Rs 1 lakh crore per year".

In his application given to the high court, Kant has demanded that Haryana be brought under the ambit of the petition as it was also "coming up fast on the drug map".

It was on Kant's letter in 2013 that the high court had initiated a suo motu petition on the drug menace in Punjab.

Kant told the court that a handful of individuals, mostly NRIs, had been linked with the case in the probe by Punjab Police. "These individuals are not the only ones running the entire drug racket worth approximately Rs 1 lakh crore per year," Kant said in the court.

The approximate figure being reported by the media so far in the drug case is Rs 6,000 crore.

The former IPS officer termed the Punjab government action as "eyewash" and submitted that the government was deliberately not taking action against the "major drug barons" living in the state and "petty addicts" were being arrested only to collect fake data.

Kant reiterated that in 2007 as head of the intelligence unit of the state he had shared a list of drug dons and barons, including a number of politicians, with the then chief minister, but no action was taken. "The government has been taking a contradictory and dubious stand on the issue," he told the court.

The former officer urged the court to launch a high court-monitored multi-agency probe, involving various central government agencies like the CBI and NCB as Punjab was "misleading" the court.

The former DGP has demanded that the scope of the petition be widened and Haryana be brought under it as there had been news reports that the state was coming up fast on the drug map and areas surrounding Delhi, Karnal and Ambala were the worst affected.

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