Majithia likely to join drug probe in Jalandhar today

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Dec 26, 2014 08:57 IST

Almost a year after drug lord Jagdish Bhola started a political storm by alleging that high-profile Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia ran the international racket, the Akali leader is likely to join investigation on Friday with central agency Enforcement Directorate (ED).

On December 17, the premier investigating agency of the Union finance department that is looking into the moneylaundering angle in this case had summoned Majithia. The questions will focus on Majithia’s business, political, and other activities after 2007.

Even as Majithia has the option of skipping the meeting on the given date by citing any valid reason, the ED sources said that until the filing of the report, he had given no indication of evading the first summons, and would more likely come over to the agency office at BMC Chowk here.

Contrary to the reports that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers may also arrive in droves with Majithia, sources in his party said his manager had told all district party leaders that the minister had decided to keep the visit low-profile.

Sources close to the minister said that even the senior party leadership has advised him to join the investigation, since the delay would only prolong his “media trial”.

They said the minister would take two lawyers to the directorate where assistant ED director and investigating officer Niranjan Singh would ask him more than 100 questions that the agency had prepared.

The queries include those about Majithia’s alleged relationship with Canada-based NRIs Satpreet Singh “Satta”, Amarinder Singh “Laddi” and Parminder Singh “Pindi”, whom Bhola has described as “close associates” of Majithia. The ED has registered a case against them already.

The Jalandhar police will keep law and order around the ED office. “The ED has not asked us for it in writing but we will deploy our security around its office on Cool Road,” said deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Naveen Singla.

On January 6, during his appearance in an SAS Nagar court, Bhola had in a statement to media alleged that Majithia, who is brother-in-law of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, was also “involved in the drug racket”

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