The Rajasthan police filed a case against Jaswant Singh on Thursday after a directive from the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances court.
Cases have been filed against 10 others along with the Rajya Sabha Opposition leader, charging them with serving and consuming ‘kesar’ milk laced with opium during a riyan — a social gathering — organised at the BJP leader’s ancestral village of Jasol, on October 31.
The case will be probed by the CID in keeping with a state government directive regarding investigations against elected representatives. The narcotics court in Jodhpur ruled on November 5 that Balotra police in Barmer district should lodge a case against the accused and submit an investigation report.
Deputy superintendent of police Narender Singh Meena said: “We received a copy of the order of the NDPS court in the afternoon and registered the case against Jaswant Singh and 10 others.”
“We will send the case file to the top officials of the CID in Jaipur. Such an investigation will be held by an official not lower than a DSP, who will submit the final report in court,” he said.
The court order came after a complaint filed by Om Parkash Vishnoi. Two BJP MPs, three ministers, a former party state unit chief, the chief whip and two MLAs were among those mentioned in the complaint for allegedly serving and consuming opium along with Jaswant.
A former judge of Rajasthan High Court, IS Israni, however, said gathering evidence would prove to be a tough job for the sleuths as over a week had lapsed after the gathering.
Criminal lawyer S Sahni said, “It will be an uphill task for the police to procure the opium from the possession of the accused. They will be required to identify the persons who prepared the opium mixture.”