The Punjab Police have advised the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom that witnesses have particularly stated that two NRI fugitives had been supplying chemical substances utilized in medicines to Canada and that Akali chief and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia was their “associate in that”.
An affidavit filed by the deputy inspector normal of police, Rahul S stated that witnesses examined and paperwork collected established the shut affiliation of Majithia with co-accused, a Canadian citizen of Indian origin, Satpreet Satta.
Witnesses have acknowledged about Satta and Parminder Singh Pindi, one other NRI accused, soliciting managed substances throughout December 2009 from Jagjit Singh Chahal, who had a pharmaceutical unit at Baddi in Himachal Pradesh throughout that interval and has since been convicted in a medicine case, the affidavit says.
The affidavit by Rahul S, who can also be the top of the Particular Investigation Staff (SIT) probing the December 2021 FIR towards the Akali chief, who’s the brother of Bathinda MP and former Union minister, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, provides that witnesses have additionally submitted of Majithia having offered car and safety to Satta when he largely stayed on the Akali chief’s residence in Amritsar and Chandigarh; and regularly travelled collectively and attended numerous official and personal features, inside and past Punjab.
“Witnesses have particularly stated they had been supplying chemical substances utilized in medicines to Canada and that the petitioner (Majithia) was their associate in that,” the affidavit says, including that the extradition request of Pindi is pending with the Canadian authorities.
The police have additionally advised the excessive court docket that witnesses examined by the SIT have expressed concern about their safety. Whereas demanding that his bail plea be dismissed, the Punjab Police submitted statements of witnesses in a sealed cowl and additional contended that Majithia is an influential politician and that witnesses expressed apprehension about their safety on the behest of Majithia and his associates and supporters, in case their id is disclosed. “He could use his affect to threaten and intimidate the witnesses from deposing towards him and in addition could attempt to destroy the proof within the case,” the police have stated looking for dismissal of his bail plea.
The affidavit additionally refers to an FIR registered on January 4 on the Majitha police station in Amritsar, the place on the criticism of a registry clerk, an FIR has been registered for the disappearance of data relating to the acquisition of 32 kanal 10 marla land within the title of Majithia’s spouse in March 2012. The affidavit additionally refers to a case wherein one witness had approached the excessive court docket looking for police safety citing a menace from Majithia. The 47-year-old Majithia has remained as cupboard minister throughout SAD-BJP regime in Punjab between 2007-2017.
The Punjab Police have additionally advised the excessive court docket that extra probe is required to determine linkages and monetary transactions between completely different individuals being probed within the December 2021 FIR involving Majithia. Pindi and Satta are in Canada. Thus, the gathering of proof is tough and time-consuming, it stated.
The police response has come on the Could 23 plea from Majithia looking for bail. He surrendered after the February 20 polls and has since been lodged within the Patiala jail. The SC had not too long ago junked his plea looking for to quash the FIR and requested him to as an alternative strategy the excessive court docket.
He was booked beneath Sections 25 (punishment for permitting premises), 27 (A) (whoever is financing any actions pertaining to narcotic medicine) and 29 (get together to a legal conspiracy to commit an offence) of the Narcotic Medicine and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act on December 20, 2021.
Majithia within the plea had claimed that there isn’t a credible and legally admissible materials towards him regardless of a deep investigation by the Enforcement Directorate and the Punjab Police.
“The case is blatantly political in nature and has been registered after an inordinate delay with the aim of utilizing the identical as an election plank within the meeting polls of February 2022,” he had additional argued in his bail petition. The arguments on the petition had been heard by the bench of justices AG Masih and Sandeep Moudgil. The listening to would proceed on Tuesday as effectively.