Drug lord Jagdish Bhola's accomplices, including Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Maninder Singh Bittu Aulakh and Jagjit Singh Chahal, used their ill-gotten wealth to maintain a lavish lifestyle and pose as VIPs.
Chahal's interrogation has revealed his penchant for luxury cars with single-digit numbers (0001) and VIP mobile numbers (ending with 0001).
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) HS Mann said seven such vehicles and mobile numbers used by Chahal had been identified. A homoeopathy-degree holder, Chahal spend Rs. 25 lakh to purchase '0001' registration number for his vehicles, including Rs. 17 lakh for a Chandigarh series number (CH-01AN 0001) of a Land Cruiser and Rs. 4.7 lakh for PB-10BW 0001 (Hyundai Terricon).
He also flaunted VIP phone numbers such as 9915800001 (bought for Rs. 80,000), 9855700001 (purchased for Rs. 70,000) and 9968400001 (bought for Rs. 55,000).
"Usually, influential persons have mobile numbers ending with '00001'. That is why I used these numbers," Chahal told the police.
Chahal also has two-wheelers with numbers such as '0010', '0100' and '1000'.
Chahal's interrogation has also revealed his business ties with a former Congress MLA of Amritsar district. "We will give the details after verifying facts," the SSP said.
Meanwhile, Aulakh has confessed that he spent lavishly on politicians, meeting the expenses of rallies of MLA Amarpal Singh Bonny Ajnala and the latter's father, member of Parliament (MP) Rattan Singh Ajnala. Though the Ajnalas have denied any direct link with Aulakh, the latter's mobile phone details shows that his day started and ended with calls to the Ajnala family.
Aulakh visited Pakistan in 2004 for watching an India-Pakistan cricket match. It had also come to light that Aulakh's father Master Partap Singh faced cases of gold and drug smuggling.
Aulakh is also a close relative of late smuggler Paramjit Pamma Madoke.
Bhola, too, spent lavishly on SUVs (sports utility vehicles) and even funded films, the police said.
Vehicles with '0001' number purchased by Chahal
Vehicle Registration Number Cost of number
Land Cruiser CH-01AN 0001 Rs.17 lakh
Hyundai Terricon PB-10BW 0001 Rs 4.7 lakh
Honda Accord PB-10CE 0001 Rs 4.4 lakh
VIP mobile numbers purchased by Chahal
Mobile number Cost
9915800001 Rs. 80,000
Maninder Singh Bittu Aulakh (37), a resident of Preet Lari village, Amritsar, is a hotelier and owner of Sanjog Hotel located on the court road, Amritsar. He started his political career as a Congressman and later switched over to Shiromani Akali Dal. He was the election agent of Akali MLA Amarpal Singh Bonny Ajnala during the 2012 Punjab assembly elections.
Jagjit Singh Chahal (42), a resident of Ramana Chuck, Baba Bakala, Amritsar, is a diploma holder in homoepathy. He has multiple business interests, including tyre manufacturing and pharma drug manufacturing. He was operating three factories manufacturing precursor chemicals ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which were diverted illegally from the medicine sector to manufacture synthetic drug ICE.