Punjab Police knew of Majithia’s links with synthetic drug dealers
Links of Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia with two key accused of the multi-layered synthetic drug racket had first come to light during Punjab police investigation in November-December 2013, according to Interrogation Reports (IRs) of Manjinder Singh, alias Bittu Aulakh, a Amritsar-based hotelier, and pharma company owner Jagjit Singh Chahal.chandigarh Updated: Mar 16, 2015 09:05 IST
Links of Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia with two key accused of the multi-layered synthetic drug racket had first come to light during Punjab police investigation in November-December 2013, according to Interrogation Reports (IRs) of Manjinder Singh, alias Bittu Aulakh, a Amritsar-based hotelier, and pharma company owner Jagjit Singh Chahal.
The state police, however, did not take any concrete steps to pursue these leads on the drug deals of Aulakh and Chahal with three Canada-based Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), including Satpreet Singh alias Satta, who used to stay at the Amritsar residence of Majithia.
The alleged links of Majithia with NRI Satta and Aulakh became public after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) interrogated the duo and leaked their confessional statements to the media.
At the centre of controversy surrounding the minister is his alleged proximity to Aulakh (arrested in November 2013) and NRI Satta. Aulakh and Satta are among the key players in fixing synthetic drug deals with Canada-based NRIs.
In a confessional statement to the ED, Aulakh has said Chahal used to supply synthetic drugs to Satta and another NRI Parminder Singh Pindi.
“Majithia had introduced Satta as his best friend to me. I used to find Satta at the residence of Majithia at 43, Green Avenue, Amritsar,” reads Aulakh’s August 6, 2014, statement. He also admitted before ED officers that he introduced Satta and Pindi to pharma company owner Chahal.
Meanwhile, as per the IR of Aulakh, he frequently visited Majithia’s house where he met NRI Satta. Aulakh had also referred to his (Satta’s) close links with the minister between 2006 and 2010.
He had told the police that NRI Satta, a resident of Edmonton (Canada), was managing the election campaign of Majithia and had especially come to India for this purpose. “Satta used to spend more time at Majthia’s residence in Amritsar than in Canada,” Aulakh claimed.
Drug trade kicks off -enter Chahal and Bhola
In 2009, Satta introduced Aulakh to another NRI, Parminder Singh Pindi popular as “Pindi uncle”. Pindi originally hailed from Khanora village
(Banga) and had settled in central Canada.
Aulakh told the police: “Satta told me that Pindi wanted to export medicines related to dogs, besides starting a pharmaceutical business. For this, he was looking for a person dealing in pharmaceuticals.”
Here, in this alleged racket, entered Baddi-based pharma company owner Chahal— yet another accused who too was arrested by police.
Aulakh, as per the IR, introduced Satta and Pindi to Chahal at Rumana Chak village Amritsar.
Biitu stated that another meeting of Satta and Pindi with Chahal over the medicine business took place at Punjab Circuit house (Chandigarh).
As the first deal was struck, Pindi sent Rs 60 lakh to Aulakh, who gave Rs 48 lakh to Chahal after deducting his commission.
Aulakh also told the police that second deal was settled at Rs 70 lakh between Bittu, Pindi uncle and Chahal. Of this,
Rs 37 lakh was given to Chahal, while Rs 33 lakh was commission of Bittu. The `70 lakh deal pertained to supply of 50-kg pseudoephedrine.
However, the samples failed.Pindi sought his money back from Chahal, who initially returned Rs 5 lakh, and Rs 28 lakh were returned by Aulakh. Later, Rs 28 lakh was returned by Chahal directly to Pindi.
Aulakh said in 2010, Pindi came to his hotel along with Jagdish Bhola, the arrested wrestler-turned-drug lord, before returning to Canada and directed the former to return the remaining amount.
The IRs of Aulakh and Chahal point towards disputes arising over money and the quality of the consignments.
Aulakh said he also met Pindi twice in Canada and twice in India.
· Canada-based NRI Satpreet Singh alias Satta visits India for the election campaign of Bikram Singh Majithia.
· Satta meets Akali Dal worker Manjinder Singh, alias Bittu Aulakh in an election campaign meeting of Majithia.
·Satta introduces Auklah to another NRI Parminder Singh, alias “Pindi Uncle”, in 2009
· Pindi wanted to start export business of dog medicine and meets pharma company owner Jagjit Singh Chahal through Aulakh.
·Then the ‘medicine/drug deals’ were struck
·Drug samples fail and tussle over money starts
First Published: Mar 15, 2015 20:50 IST