Bhola drug racket: HC tells Punjab to examine STF report on Bikram Majithia’s role
Report submitted by STF head in a sealed cover before HC bench that asked for it to be shared with Punjab government.punjab Updated: Feb 02, 2018 09:57 IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday directed the Punjab government to examine and take action on the report prepared by state government’s special task force (STF) on alleged involvement of former revenue minister in the previous Akali-BJP government Bikram Singh Majithia with drug traffickers.
The final report was submitted by STF head HS Sidhu in a sealed cover before the high court bench of justice Surya Kant and justice Shekher Dhawan on Thursday.
It was not immediately clear what the report says about Majithia’s role.
The report was perused by the high court division bench which asked the STF to share it with the state government and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for examination and further action. The court, however, asked Sidhu whether he faced any impediment to which he replied in negative. “We think you need to be protected,” the bench remarked to submissions of senior advocate Anupam Gupta that “officers, who are acting regardless of their future (prospects) should be protected”. Gupta represents enforcement directorate’s assistant director Niranjan Singh, who was the investigating officer in the multi-crore Bhola drug racket.
The report was sought by high court on November 28 after Niranjan Singh, who had submitted a dossier on the role of Majithia, had said that his role needs to be probed. During the hearing, Niranjan informed the court that the ED prepared the dossier in 2015 and had been shared with the STF.
Majithia was summoned by the ED twice in 2015 in connection with the money-laundering investigation related to the Jagdish Bhola drug racket.
On the statements of sacked DSP Jagdish Bhola, businessman, Jagjit Singh Chahal and SAD leader Maninder Singh Aulakh in 2014 and 2015, the ED found “complicity of Majithia in the drug trade”.
Report on Moga SSP submitted
Director general of police (human resource development) S Chattopadhyaya, also submitted a report in a sealed cover on the alleged nexus of Moga SSP Raj Jit Singh Hundal with a Punjab Police inspector Inderjit Singh, accused in a drug haul case. The high court sought the report on December 15 after Hundal approached the court alleging “implication” at the hands of STF chief Sidhu.
First Published: Feb 02, 2018 09:56 IST