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Majithia news: SC asks Punjab govt not to arrest SAD leader Majithia in drugs case till Jan 31

The Supreme Court on Thursday orally requested the Punjab authorities not to take any coercive step in opposition to SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia till January 31 when it hears his pre-arrest bail plea in a drugs case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices A S Bopanna and Hima Kohli took observe of the submissions of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, showing for Majithia, that the plea searching for anticipatory bail plea wanted pressing listening to because the accused has been going through “political vendetta”.

“This is political vendetta. He is named to police station. This is all due to the election fever”, stated Rohatgi whereas searching for pressing listening to of the plea of Majithia.

“Is it election fever or election virus. All are rushing to this court,” the bench stated.

The senior lawyer stated the excessive court docket had granted safety from arrest whereas dismissing the anticipatory bail petition of Majithia to allow him to method the apex court docket.

The Punjab Police, which is conscious of the truth that a plea has been filed in the apex court docket, is attempting to arrest him, he stated.

Senior advocate P Chidambaram, showing for the Punjab authorities, stated that Majithia has gone into hiding and now showing right here by way of the counsel.

“Is it fair Mr Chidambaram, when you know that his petition is going to be listed,” the CJI observed, adding, “Tell your authorities to not do something. We will listing on Monday.”

The pre-arrest bail plea of Majithia, who was booked below the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act on December 20 final yr, was dismissed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on January 24 and an enchantment has been filed in the apex court docket.

Prior to this, the excessive court docket on January 10 had granted interim safety to Majithia from the arrest in the matter whereas directing him to be a part of the investigation on January 12.

It had additionally imposed some situations, together with not leaving the nation, on the Akali leader.

The excessive court docket had prolonged the interim safety on January 18.

Majithia (46) had moved the excessive court docket searching for anticipatory bail after his plea was rejected by a Mohali court docket on December 24.

Majithia is the brother-in-law of SAD leader Sukhbir Badal and the brother of former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

The former Punjab minister was booked below the NDPS Act on the premise of a 2018 report of a probe right into a drugs racket working in the state.

The report was filed by the anti-drug particular process pressure (STF) chief Harpreet Singh Sidhu in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2018.

The 49-page FIR in the matter was registered by the state Crime Branch at its Mohali police station.

Majithia was booked below sections 25 (punishment for permitting one’s premises for its use for the fee of an offence), 27A (for financing sale, buy, manufacturing, manufacture, possession, transportation, use or consumption, import and export or any act pertaining to narcotics) and 29 (abetting or plotting an offence) of the NDPS Act.

In his bail plea, the SAD leader had submitted that the (*31*) authorities in Punjab had “left no stone unturned to misuse its powers and position for wreaking vengeance upon its political opponents”.



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