Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who happens to be Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s brother-in-law, has been accused of patronising drug smuggling by former cop Jagdish Bhola, who is in custody in the `6,000-crore synthetic drug racket case.
Outside a Mohali court where he was produced, Bhola told mediapersons that the drug trade was being run under Majithia’s patronage and claimed that the state police knew about it.
Bhola also claimed that he had bribed Patiala SSP H S Mann, who termed the allegation baseless.
While Majithia said “I will get back to you after hearing what Bhola has said”, the Deputy Chief Minister’s reaction was: “Bhola is making wild allegations and dropping names. It is all false and baseless.”
Bhola, who had earlier alleged that three ministers were involved in the racket, said the case should be transferred to the CBI and that he would then reveal more details.The Opposition Congress sought the dismissal of Majithia from the Cabinet and demanded that a case be registered against the minister and he should be immediately arrested.
The party also reiterated its demand for a CBI inquiry into the drug racket. Said state Congress president Pratap Singh Bajwa: “Now that Jagdish Bhola has publicly named Bikram Majithia for his involvement in the racket, there is not an iota of doubt left that such large-scale drug trafficking could not have been possible without the patronage of powerful politicians like him.
“In order to identify the real culprits, it is highly imperative for Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to immediately order a CBI probe into the drug scandal. If a fair inquiry by an independent agency like the CBI is held, many more powerful heads will roll.”
Meanwhile, acting on senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar’s PIL plea seeking a CBI probe, the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued a notice to the state government, asking it to reply by January 28.