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Majithia involved in drug racket, claims Bhola

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  SAS Nagar, January 06, 2014
First Published: 19:20 IST(6/1/2014) | Last Updated: 21:15 IST(6/1/2014)

Wrestler-turned-druglord Jagdish Singh Bhola on Monday claimed that Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia was involved in the drug racket recently busted by the state police.

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"Majithia is the one who is running this racket, he is the mastermind and I have been falsely implicated in the case," said Bhola, while talking to mediapersons in the court complex where he was produced. The court extended his judicial custody till January 20.

"I named Majithia during my interrogation by the investigating agencies. Soon thereafter, my interrogation was stopped. Majithia was informed about the development on the phone," said Bhola.

The former deputy superintendent of police had on December 20 claimed that three cabinet ministers were involved in the drug racket and he was willing to name them if the investigation was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Following his claims, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had even dared Bhola to name the ministers allegedly involved.

Bhola was arrested on November 11. He has number of cases pending against him, including illegal possession and supply of drugs, illegal possession of weapons and forgery under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, Arms Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC), respectively.

Police misusing our vehicles: co-accused

While extending the judicial custody of Bhola, his accomplices Sarabjit Saba, Jagjit Singh Chahal and Balwinder Sonu, the court on Monday deferred hearing of the application in which the accused have claimed that the police are misusing Chahal's vehicles.

Talking to mediapersons outside the court, advocate IPS Kohli, counsel for Saba, Chahal and Sonu, said, "We have urged the court to direct the police to produce all seven vehicles impounded by them after the arrest. The police are misusing these vehicles and we have urged the court to get their meters sealed after taking their meter reading. The application comes for hearing on January 27."

Kohli added, "We had sought the release of these seven vehicles, but the police had raised an objection that the same had been bought from the money earned from the drug racket, but they could not submit any proof."

He said the court had also deferred the hearing of the application moved on behalf of Saba, in which it was alleged that he was being kept under solitary confinement against norms. This application had been deferred to January 8.

Meanwhile, the court directed the police to release Rs. 8,000 and two mobile phones belonging to Chahal that were recovered at the time of his arrest.

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