Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday granted interim bail to SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia in the NDPS case against him.
Damanbir Singh Sobti, the lawyer for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader, said Majithia would join the investigation at 11 am on Wednesday.
He also said that the court has granted interim bail to Majithia in the case.
“After going through all the records, the High Court directed that this is a case where he can join the investigation and when he joins the investigation, he will not be arrested,” Sobti told reporters.
He said the court has fixed January 18 as the next date of hearing in the matter.
Responding to a question, Sobti said that certain “additional facts” had been brought to the notice of the court, which claimed that former Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyay had accused Princepreet Singh, son of Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Balraj Singh as sub-inspector. He was promoted from the rank of Inspector to the rank of Inspector. By using special powers.
Balraj Singh is the head of the Special Investigation Team probing the case against Majithia.
The SAD alleges that the FIR against Majithia is the result of “political vendetta”.
Majithia (46), who was booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act last month, sought anticipatory bail after a Mohali court rejected his pre-arrest bail plea on December 24. moved the High Court.
The former Punjab minister was booked under the NDPS Act on the basis of a 2018 report into the probe into the running of drugs rackets in the state.
Reacting to the relief given to Majithia, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said in a tweet, “Justice wins”, while his wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, “Truth always wins, no matter how much lies Why not be big?
Majithia is the brother-in-law of Sukhbir Badal and brother of former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Reacting to the development, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said in Moga that interim bail does not mean that the case is over and Majithia will have to join the investigation on Wednesday.
The state crime branch had registered a 49-page FIR in this matter at its Mohali police station.
Majithia was convicted under sections 25 (punishment for permitting one’s premises to be used for offence), 27A (sale, purchase, production, manufacture, possession, transport, use or consumption, import and export or by any act For concerned funding) a case was registered under for narcotics) and 29 of the NDPS Act (abetment of offense or conspiracy).
In his bail plea, the SAD leader had said that the Congress government in Punjab “leaved no stone unturned in abusing its powers and position to take revenge on its political opponents”.
“Targeting the applicant/petitioner is one of the major election issues of the present government. To accomplish its election stunt, the Congress government of the state of Punjab is threatening the officials day and night to register false cases against the senior leadership Shiromani Akali Dal including the petitioner/petitioner,” the petition had said.
The Channi government had come under fire from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and even state Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu for not arresting Majithia, though police conducted raids to nab him.
Pictures of Majithia showing him at the Golden Temple had also gone viral on social media.
However, Punjab Home Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa had termed these pictures as ‘fake’.