Even as the Patiala police have failed to arrest a father-son duo for allegedly supplying banned narcotics in Punjab, the accused are in constant touch with their relatives having proximity to top politicians and bureaucracy of Haryana.
Ram Kumar Kalyan, a relative of the duo who had signed papers confirming the seizure of drugs by the Patiala police, has allegedly concealed from the investigators that he was in constant touch with the accused over phone.
The investigators have decided to question Kalyan for shielding the accused and concealing their whereabouts.
The Punjab Police have accused Prithi Singh and his son Pradipt Chaudhary of supplying narcotics, manufactured illegally at their two pharmaceutical units in Karnal city, to Punjab.
In a raid conducted on October 7 and 8, a special investigation team (SIT) of the Patiala police had recovered drugs worth Rs 100 crore from Karnal.
Despite two arrest warrants, Prithi and Pradipt had been on the run since October 7.
Pradipt is facing a trial in Karnal where he was an attesting witness in a will involving Rs 30 crore of his deceased relative. Ram Kumar Kalyan and Om Lata Kalyan, parents of the deceased (whose will was allegedly prepared fraudulently) are also accused in the case.
In the same case, four accused - the Kalyans, Pradipt and his cousin Honey Chaudhary - were summoned by judicial magistrate Tarannum Khan on November 8.
In his application moved in the court (HT has a copy), Ram Kumar Kalyan had pleaded exemption of Pradipt from personal appearance on November 8.
“He (Pradipt) is stated to have gone out of station for some personal work and a telephonic message shows his inability to appear before the court due to unavoidable circumstances,” read the application submitted by Kalyan which was duly admitted by the court.
The applicant, who is also a co-accused in forging his late son's will, told the local court in his application that “absence of Pradipt from the court is not malafide or intentional but due to bonafide reason and he will remain present on the next date of hearing.”
Wives of Kalyan and Prithi are sisters. One of Prtihi's close relatives is a member of a public recruitment panel of Haryana and is known for his close links with the top leadership in the state's Congress government.
One of their close relatives is a former Congress minister.
Meanwhile, investigating officer (IO) of Patiala police Bikramjit Singh told Hindustan Times on Thursday that Kalyan was a witness to the seizure of illegal drugs from two Karnal units owned by his close relatives and had signed the official seizure papers.
“Kalyan is aware of the criminal involvement of Pradipt and Prithi and has not informed the Punjab Police if they had called him for any purpose. We will soon question him for concealing information about the accused wanted in the drug racket,” the IO said.
However, sources in the police said that Kalyan might face legal consequences for furnishing misleading information in the Karnal court.
“Since Kalyan is a signatory on the official drug seizure case and that his relatives are wanted by Patiala police, he told the court that Pradipt was away for personal work. Whereas the Patiala police have conducted several raids in Karnal to arrest Pradipt and Prithi who have been on the run for more than a month now,” said a lawyer on the condition of anonymity.