The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday rejected the demand of more than 10 petitioners for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)inquiry into the Jagdish Singh Bhola synthetic drug racket case. These petitioners, including Bhola’s father, were seeking transfer of the case from Punjab Police to the CBI.
A supervisory committee of three Indian Police Service (IPS) officers — Ishwar Singh, G Nageshwar Rao and v Neerja — was formed to relook into the matter and, if there have been lapses in filing charge sheet, they will lay them before the trial court by December 31.
Bhola, a suspended DSP and Arjuna awardee said to be the mastermind of the multi-crore-rupee drug racket, was arrested on November 12, 2013. Two days later, on his instance, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Maninder Singh “Bittu Aulakh” and Jagjit Singh Chahal, a businessman who owns three drug factories in Himachal Pradesh, were apprehended from Amritsar. Aulakh’s questioning by the Punjab Police revealed that he had used the state government vehicles for smuggling drugs.
On Wednesday, the bail plea of more than five people, including Bittu Aulakh, was rejected and the high court vacated the stay on trial court proceedings.
Wrestler-turned-drug lord Bhola’s had claimed that Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia was also involved in the multi-crore drug-trafficking racket. Majithia, brother-in-law of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, denied the allegations, but the Congress continues to demand a CBI probe to expose the alleged mafia-politician-police nexus.