The Punjab government has initiated proceedings for withdrawal of the heroin smuggling case against Punjabi singer-actor KS Makhan (37).
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deputy commissioner, said the case under trial in the court of the additional district and sessions judge should be withdrawn under relevant provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
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 this year. Makhan had filed a petition for discharge in the Punjab and Haryana high court; later, he had withdrawn this plea. The singer had also filed a plea in the high court seeking permission to go abroad; this petition, too, had been withdrawn by him.
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.
Currently out on bail, Makhan is residing at his native village, Shankar, near here. He and the 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.
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 is 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 Punjab 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. The SHO, in his order, had said that it had been proved in the investigation that property measuring 35 kanals and 15 marlas, worth Rs 1.4 crore, at Shankar village had been bought from heroin smuggling earnings.
Nakodar SHO DS Gill confirmed that he had received instructions from the Jalandhar DC to withdraw the case against Makhan. The SHO said he was preparing a report, which would be submitted to the senior superintendent of police (SSP, rural) for necessary action.