The court of district and sessions judge, on Saturday, rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Punjab Police's dismissed sub-inspector (SI) Sarabjit Singh in the heroin seizure case. The bail plea of Sarabjit Singh's wife Reet Sidhu, who has not been booked by the police so far, was also rejected.
On the intervening night of March 26 and March 27, a team of the Fatehgarh Sahib police had raided the house Sarabjit Singh at Nayagaon, near Chandigarh, and claimed to have recovered 2.6-kg opium and material for packaging of drugs. The packaging material was similar to what had been recovered from the house of the drug haul case kingpin, Jagdish Bhola, on March 7.
Besides, the police also recovered 10 empty cartridges of AK-47 rifle and a .12-bore gun. No licence for the .12 bore gun could be produced by the people present in the house of Sarabjit Singh. The police had also recovered 11 mobile handsets.
Sarabjit Singh was not present at his house and absconded after the raid. After Jagdish Bhola absconded on March 7, he went to the house of Sarabjit Singh on March 11 from where he made telephone calls to his associates using the mobile phone registered in the name of Sarabjit's wife Reet Sidhu.
The police had claimed that Sarabjit Singh was an active member of the gang of smugglers allegedly headed by NRI Anoop Singh Kahlon and dismissed DSP Jagdish Bhola. Sarabjit aided Jagdish Bhola in absconding and arranged hideouts for the latter.
When the police team raided at Sarabjit Singh house in the last week of March, he was working with a senior Punjab Police officer at Chandigarh. After the involvement of Sarabjit Singh in the case came to light, the matter was examined at the Punjab Police's headquarters and on a reference from the Fatehgarh Sahib police, the Patiala SSP dismissed Sarabjit Singh from service by invoking the provisions of Article 311 (2) of the Constitution of India.
The police have failed to arrest Jagdish Singh Bhola so far.