Drugs probe: Court tells STF to file report
Chandigarh: Virtually giving a free hand to the investigating agencies probing the drugs case in Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear that it had not restrained any organisation, including the Enforcement Directorate (ED), from looking into allegations against any person.
The Division Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Sudhir Mittal also directed the Special Task Force (STF), which is investigating the drug menace in the state, to come out with a report. The directions came after a reference was made to an application filed by NGO, Lawyers for Human Rights International.
In its application, the Chandigarh-based human rights organisation, through counsel Navkiran Singh, had submitted that the High Court “may” call for a status report from ED Deputy Director Niranjan Singh “as to what action he has taken on the basis of statements made by accused Jagjit Singh Chahal, Jagdish Bhola and Manjinder Singh Aulakh in relation to the complicity of Bikram Singh Majithia with the drug mafia as per their confessional statements made before the directorate”.
The Bench did not mention Majithia’s name during the proceedings. It only asked the STF to prepare its report after carrying out consultations with Niranjan. The direction came after senior advocate Anupam Gupta, representing Niranjan in the matter, submitted that no progress had taken place regarding Majithia in the case.
Referring to a “secret note” prepared by Niranjan on the basis of the investigation, Gupta said a perusal of the report would make it clear that Majithia had to be summoned again.
“The nature and extent or magnitude of Majithia’s involvement needs to be determined. But he is not innocent. There appears to be some unwritten political understanding between the Centre and the state not to proceed against Majithia,” Gupta argued.