Bhola drug racket: Police to continue probe but court will monitor
Satisfied by the Punjab Police investigation into the international drug racket involving former police officer Jagdish Singh Bhola, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday said there was no need, so far, to transfer the case to another agency.
However, chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said: "There should be better coordination between various investigating agencies; and wherever our intervention is required, we'll interfere."
Responding to the arguments of former Congress member of Parliament Jagmeet Singh Brar seeking a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) probe, the court asserted: "Let us make joint efforts. This should not be made a political issue… let the process of investigation be completed first and see what comes out. We can't act as super investigative agency."
Brar argued: "The government and its officers are involved in it. A section of police and politicians is so powerful that it is influencing investigation." The court replied: "If we doubt everything, no system will work. Everyone has to perform his duty and once the investigation is complete, we can judge whether it is satisfactory or not."
The court also refused to make public the investigation reports that police and the enforcement directorate had submitted in sealed covers. The petitioner, former Punjab director general of police (prisons) Shashi Kant, submitted that there had to a proper mechanism for investigation into drug cases.
On court's query about the time that the police need to complete the investigation, advocate general Ashok Aggarwal responded that challans in various cases were being submitted regularly but supplementary challans were being also filed. The next hearing is on May 5.
1,431-kg drugs seized in 2013
Kaustubh Sharma, zonal director of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Chandigarh, submitted that in the entire 2013, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), NCB, and Punjab Police had together seized 1,431 kilograms of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, opium, ganja, hashish, morphine, ephedrine and poppy husk; registered 1,769 cases; and arrested 1,939 people on a charge of drug smuggling.