Additional district and sessions judge PP Singh on Tuesday framed charges against alleged international drug smuggler Jagdish Singh Bhola and his eight accomplices in a case registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at Banur police station in Patiala district last year.
Charges were framed against Bhola and six others under sections 379 (theft), 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (fraudulently and dishonestly using forged documents as genuine), 473 (making or possessing counterfeit seal etc.) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), besides various section of the NDPS Act and the Arms Act.
The court would begin recording evidence against Bhola and his accomplices, namely Sarabjeet Singh Sabba, Parminder Pamma, Baljinder Singh alias Sonu and Deep Singh (all from Amritsar), Delhi resident Surjeet Singh and Panchkula's Satinder Dhama, on August 25.
Co-accused Jagjit Singh Chahal and Maninder Singh Bittu Aulakh, both Amritsar-based businessmen, would face trial only under the NDPS Act.
The court discharged NRI Anoop Kahlon of the allegations against him in the case registered by the Banur police. Kahlon was brought on production warrants from Fatehgarh Sahib, where a drugs case still stands against him. No evidence was found against him and no recovery had been made from him in the drug racket during the investigations in the Banur police case.
After the framing of charges, the police arrested Deep Singh and Surjeet Singh, who had been on bail.
May 15, 2013: Banur (Patiala) police arrest Satinder Singh Dhama and Baljinder Singh alias Sonu in a drugs case
May 17: During interrogation, Dhama names Arjuna awardee wrestler and dismissed DSP of Punjab police Jagdish Singh Bhola as kingpin of Rs. 700-crore synthetic drug racket
May 20: Case registered against seven persons, including Bhola
November 11: Bhola arrested along with Sarabjit Singh alias Saba from Panipat (Haryana). Bhola had been on the run since March 3, 2013, when his SAS Nagar house was raided
November 13: Based on Bhola's revelations, police arrest Amritsar-based businessman Jagjit Singh Chahal, who owns pharmaceutical factories at Baddi (Himachal Pradesh) and Pathankot (Punjab)
November 14: Another Amritsar businessman, Maninder Singh Bittu Aulakh, arrested
December 2: Surjit Singh arrested; reveals name of another accomplice, Paramjit Singh Pamma
January 16, 2014: Police file supplementary challan against Bhola and his five accomplices
August 5: Court frames charges against Bhola, eight accomplices