BSP's Anandpur Sahib nominee KS Makhan acquitted in smuggling case
Giving a major relief to Punjabi singer-actor and Bahujan Samaj Party's Anandpur Sahib candidate Kuldeep Singh alias KS Makhan (38), a local court acquitted him in the eight-year-old case pertaining to heroin smuggling registered against him at Nakodar police station.punjab Updated: Mar 31, 2014 21:56 IST
Giving a major relief to Punjabi singer-actor and Bahujan Samaj Party's Anandpur Sahib candidate Kuldeep Singh alias KS Makhan (38), a local court acquitted him in the eight-year-old case pertaining to heroin smuggling registered against him at Nakodar police station.
The court of additional district and sessions judge Arunvir Vashista also acquitted Makhan's brother Hardeep Singh, Mandeep Singh and Dharam Pal from charges of heroin smuggling.
The acquittal of Makhan brought cheers among the workers of BSP who accompanied him to the court.
After the judgment, Makhan said, "I always had a trust in judiciary and justice has been meted out to me finally after eight years. I think God's blessings and wishes of my fans have worked".
Defence counsel Darshan Singh Dayal said that Nakodar police had produced three witnesses Varinderjit Singh, Ranjeet Singh, and Jagjit Singh against Makhan and police had claimed that an informer had given a tip-off about the alleged smuggling by Makhan.
However, the police have failed to show any recovery of contraband during the trial and all the three witnesses failed to turn up in the court, he added.
In March 2013, the state government had initiated proceedings for withdrawal of the smuggling case against Makhan.
Hindustan Times had carried out an exclusive report on March 15 that the home department, in a communication to the Jalandhar deputy commissioner, said the case, under trial in the court of the additional district and sessions judge, should be withdrawn under relevant provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Makhan, a resident of village Shankar in Nakodar, and 11 others had been booked under sections 8, 21, 25, 29, 60 and 61 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act on August 1, 2006 at Nakodar police station.
As per the FIR, Makhan and two other Canadian citizens, Raja Boparai and Lakhwinder Singh Lakha, received supply of heroin from Makhan's brother Hardeep Singh, also a resident of Shankar village.
It was alleged that Makhan, Boparai and Lakha used to send money through the hawala route to Hardeep to purchase drugs from smugglers in Jalandhar, Nakodar and Ludhiana.
The Nakodar police had filed a challan against Makhan and seven others in April 2012. The court had framed charges against the accused on February 22, 2013. Makhan had filed a petition for discharge in the Punjab and Haryana high court, which he later withdrew.
The singer had also filed a petition in the high court seeking permission to go abroad. This petition too had been withdrawn by him later.
The Punjab police had urged the high court to dismiss Makhan's plea seeking permission to go abroad "in view of the interests of justice".
The police had frozen some properties of Makhan's family, describing these as acquired from earnings made from heroin smuggling. The Nakodar station house officer (SHO) had issued an order on December 28, 2011, under the NDPS Act, to freeze the property owned by Kulwinder Singh, the singer's father, at Shankar village.
It had been alleged after the investigation that land measuring 35 kanals and 15 marlas, worth `1.4 crore, at Shankar village had been bought with money earned by heroin smuggling.