Liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda and his nephew Amit, both accused in the Bhim Sain Tank murder case, were shifted back to the Amritsar jail from Faridkot Modern jail on Wednesday evening.
Doda, along with his nephew Amit and 24 others, were booked for killing the 27-year-old Dalit youth at his farmhouse in Abohar on December 11, 2015.
The duo had been sent to the Faridkot a week ago, following a request by Doda to the director general of police (DGP prisons) to shift him to a jail near Fazilka, as he was facing a criminal case there.
However, Doda’s rivals charged that he was shifted so that he could smoothly operate his liquor business in Ferozepur and Moga districts.
“Yesterday (on Wednesday), the matter was taken up with higher authorities in the state government and thereafter, orders were issued to Faridkot jail officials to shift Doda and his nephew back to Amritsar,” official sources said on condition of anonymity.
Rajiv Prasher, Faridkot deputy commissioner, said both were shifted to Amritsar jail as per the orders of higher authorities.
The Supreme Court adjourned Shiv Lal Doda’s bail application in the Bhim Tank murder case in the second week of July.
After Doda was caught holding an illegal meeting inside Fazilka sub-jail, he was transferred to the Amritsar jail.
Doda, who owed allegiance to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), had fought the 2012 elections as an independent candidate and secured 45,825 votes, losing to Sunil Jakhar of the Congress by 9,788 votes.
This time, he had again filed nomination as an Independent from Abohar, but later withdrew it in favour of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee Arun Narang, that was said to be major factor in the debacle of Sunil Jakhar at the hands of Narang by more than 3,200 votes.