Drugs Case: Majithia Moves HC Seeking Anticipatory Bail

Bikram Singh Majithia, a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) politician and ex-minister, filed an illusory bail application with the Haryana and Punjab high court on Monday.

On the 24th of December, a Mohali court rejected his appeal, stating that, while his accusations are based on political revenge, he was a major figure in state politics till 2017, during the SAD rule. The appeal will very certainly be heard on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Punjab Police arrested Majithia underneath the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act's prima facie sections, particularly Sections 25 - which includes punishment for permitting premises, etc. to be utilized for the conduct of a crime, anyone who is financing any activity involving the production, manufacturing, ownership, sale, acquisition, transportation, usage, or ingestion of narcotic drugs, import and export, or engage in any operations relating to narcotic drugs is subject to Section 27 (A), and 29, which means that you were a participant in a criminal plot to conduct an offence. These sections provide for up to ten years in jail as well as a fine determined by the court. Majithia's current location is unknown.

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The petition claims that one of the present administration's primary electoral platforms is to attack the petitioner (Majithia). According to the lawsuit, the government has replaced three DGPs in three months to carry out the election charade, and the Congress administration has been browbeating officials day and night to lodge fake cases against the SAD's top leaders, along with the petitioner. The witch-hunting of democratic rivals has reached an all-time high. Three department heads or directors have also changed at the Bureau of Investigation, according to the appeal.

The plea says that law enforcement officers have been pressured and pressured to falsely accuse him or risk relocation and punitive action and that certain officers have also been enticed with advancements and lucrative postings if they toe the administration's line.

On the 24th of December, the Mohali court rejected Majithia's bail application, stating that the lag in filing the criminal case could not be used to infer that the entire case against the petitioner was untrue. His name first surfaced in 2014, and the SAD ruled until February 2017.

Sandeep Kumar Singla, a specialized judge, further stated that the First Information Report was filed based on a report that prima facie establishes the applicant's participation in the drug market as well as the applicant's harbouring of drug cartel suspects. The court had stated that the legal position of the criminal trial, if it is based on political vengeance or not, cannot be used as a basis for anticipatory bail and that all statistics and financial activity, as well as the extent of the applicant's connivance, must be properly examined, which can only be done underneath the applicant's custody.

According to the High Court petition, Siddharth Chattopadhyaya was granted the extra role of DGP solely to serve as a tool for the current administration's political goals. The plea also alluded to the controversy surrounding ADGP SK Asthana, alleging that he denied conducting an investigation, raising questions about whether the matter could be scrutinised given that it is sealed before the court and has been superseded by other reports, as well as whether an investigation could be undertaken without the court's approval. He too has charged Punjab Congress head Navjot Singh Sidhu of spreading false information about him and deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa of harbouring deep enmity for him.