Supreme Court grants relief to Bikram Singh Majithia from arrest till February 23 Supreme Court grants relief to Bikram Singh Majithia from arrest till February 23

Digital Desk, New Delhi. The Supreme Court on Monday granted relief to Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia from arrest till February 23 in a drug case. Chief Justice N.V. A bench headed by Ramana asked the counsel for the Punjab government to advise his government to refrain from initiating criminal cases against political opponents just before the elections. The top court directed Majithia to surrender before the trial court on February 24 and seek regular bail.

Senior advocate P. Chidambaram, representing the Punjab government, presented before the bench, comprising Justice A.S. Bopanna and Hima Kohli said that Punjab is drowning in drug trade and youth are in danger. He said it was a case of international drug racket and there were money transactions, where Majithia mediated and pressed for custodial interrogation. The Chief Justice told Chidambaram that it was alleged that it was a politically motivated matter and asked when the elections would be over. He pointed to another case of a Punjab MLA where he referred to a case registered against him and claimed that he was not allowed to file nominations. The Chief Justice said such cases suddenly come up before elections and the court does not mean that the government should not act against the drug mafia.

“Let him enroll and campaign, once it is over, he will surrender before the police and apply for regular bail,” the bench said. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing Majithia, said a thorough investigation was conducted for six years and nothing was found against his client. Majithia, a close relative of SAD chief Sukhbir Badal, is in the fray for the February 20 assembly elections from Majitha near Amritsar. A Mohali court had moved the high court after rejecting his anticipatory bail plea in a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act registered on December 20. The SAD leader has been booked under sections 25, 27A and 29 of the NDPS Act in a 49-page FIR lodged by the state police’s crime branch at the Mohali police station.

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(IANS)

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