Bhola drug racket: Co-accused industrialist moves HC for CBI probe
Industrialist Jagjit Singh Chahal, a co-accused in the international drug racket being probed by the Punjab police's special investigating team, on Thursday moved the Punjab and Haryana high court, seeking an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the case.chandigarh Updated: Jan 09, 2014 23:23 IST
Industrialist Jagjit Singh Chahal, a co-accused in the international drug racket being probed by the Punjab police's special investigating team, on Thursday moved the Punjab and Haryana high court, seeking an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the case.
Alleged druglord Jagdish Singh Bhola, the main accused in the case, has repeatedly sought a CBI probe in this regard.
Taking up the petition justifying the urgent need to "unearth the unholy nexus involving officials, ministers, bureaucrats, leaders of political parties and other such persons occupying positions in higher echelons of power and authority", justice Ritu Bahri, while issuing a notice to the Punjab government, sought its reply before February 10.
A resident of Ramanachak village in Baba Bakala tehsil of Amritsar district, Chahal was arrested by the Amritsar police on the intervening night of November 13 and 14 from his residence. Presently, he is confined in the Nabha jail in the case in which the FIR was initially registered on May 15 last year under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at Banur police station in Patiala district.
Chahal has alleged that "shady, biased and malicious investigations are being conducted, wherein the bigwigs enjoying the patronage of the state are being shielded while making the petitioner etc. as mere scapegoats."
The petitioner is one of the directors of two pharmaceutical units by the name of Montek Biopharma in Himuda industrial area, Baddi, in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh and MBP Pharmaceuticals at Jodhapur village, Barotiwala, also in Solan district. He claims to have obtained due licence from the state drugs controller, Himachal Pradesh, and the Narcotics Control Bureau for manufacturing and selling of medicine etc., including ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which were recovered during the probe from his industrial units.
Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Vikram K Chaudhri submitted that no impartial investigation was expected from the local police who were playing into the hands of vested political interests.
The petitioner submitted that he was earlier running a transport company from Amritsar, but on account of serious disputes with a "known politician and a former MLA of the area", he was implicated in false cases and had to wind up his business to venture into the pharmaceutical trade.
He alleged that the investigating team carried out searches and seizures in a highly arbitrary manner on his business premises in Solan without associating the licensing authorities of Himachal Pradesh. He also accused the police of gross violation of the law.
First Published: Jan 09, 2014 23:21 IST