The Punjab Police has advised the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket that witnesses have particularly said that two NRI fugitives have been supplying chemical compounds utilized in medication to Canada and that Akali chief and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia was their “accomplice”. .
An affidavit filed by Deputy Inspector Common of Police, Rahul S, said that the examination of witnesses and the paperwork collected established Majithia’s shut relationship with co-accused, Satpreet Satta, an Indian-origin Canadian nationwide.
Witnesses have advised Satta and one other NRI accused Parminder Singh Pindi solicited managed substances throughout December 2009 from Jagjit Singh Chahal, who had a pharmaceutical unit in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh throughout that interval and since then He has been convicted within the medication case, says the affidavit.
The affidavit by Rahul S, the pinnacle of the Particular Investigation Group (SIT) probing the December 2021 FIR towards the Akali chief, who’s the brother of Bathinda MP and former Union Minister, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, mentioned that witnesses have additionally the matter of offering autos and safety to Satta, when he principally stayed on the Akali chief’s residence in Amritsar and Chandigarh; and sometimes traveled collectively and attended numerous official and personal features inside and outdoors Punjab.
“The witnesses have particularly said that they have been supplying chemical compounds utilized in medicines to Canada and the petitioner (Majithia) was their accomplice,” the affidavit mentioned. Pindi’s extradition request is pending with the Canadian authorities.
The police have additionally advised the Excessive Court docket that the witnesses who’ve been questioned by the SIT have expressed concern about their security. In search of rejection of his bail plea, the Punjab Police produced statements of witnesses in sealed covers and mentioned that Majithia is an influential politician and the witnesses have expressed apprehensions about their security on the behest of Majithia and his associates and supporters. His identification has been revealed. In search of rejection of his bail plea, the police mentioned, “He might use his affect to intimidate and coerce witnesses from giving statements towards him and can also attempt to destroy proof within the case.”
The affidavit additionally mentions an FIR lodged at Amritsar’s Majitha police station on January 4, wherein on the grievance of a registry clerk, an FIR has been registered concerning the disappearance of information concerning the acquisition of 32 kanal 10 marla land. Majithia’s spouse in March 2012. The affidavit additionally mentions a case wherein a witness had approached the Excessive Court docket searching for police safety citing threats from Majithia. Majithia, 47, has been a cupboard minister through the SAD-BJP regime in Punjab between 2007-2017.
The Punjab Police has additionally advised the Excessive Court docket that extra investigation is required to determine hyperlinks and monetary transactions between numerous folks within the December 2021 FIR involving Majithia. Pindi and Satta are in Canada. Thus, assortment of proof is tough and time consuming, it mentioned.
On Might 23, the police’s response got here on Majithia’s bail plea. He surrendered after the February 20 polling and has been lodged in Patiala jail since then. The SC had not too long ago rejected his plea to quash the FIR and requested him to method the Excessive Court docket as a substitute.
They’ve been booked underneath sections 25 (punishment for permitting premises), 27(a) (whoever is financing any exercise associated to narcotic medication) and 29 (for committing the offense) of the Narcotic Medication and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) A case was registered underneath IPC (get together to a prison conspiracy). ) Act on December 20, 2021.
Majithia had claimed within the petition that regardless of a radical investigation by the Enforcement Directorate and the Punjab Police, there was no credible and legally admissible materials towards him.
He had additional argued in his bail plea, “The case is clearly political in nature and has been registered after an inordinate delay with the target of utilizing it as an election plank within the February 2022 Meeting elections.” Arguments on the petition have been heard by a bench of Justices AG Masih and Sandeep Moudgil. The listening to will proceed on Tuesday as nicely.