Updated: January 25, 2022 2:20:11 pm
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia in an alleged drugs case.
With his anticipatory bail plea dismissed, Majithia has an option of filing an appeal against the HC order before the Supreme Court or he will have to surrender before the state police. The dismissal of bail plea is a setback for Majithia as the order comes a day before the process of filing of nomination papers was to commence. Majithia is to file his nomination papers from Majitha Assembly constituency in Amritsar district.
The Bench of Justice Lisa Gill, which had been hearing the bail plea of Majithia, issued the order after hearing the arguments from both the counsel. A detailed order, meanwhile, was yet to be released by the HC.
Majithia’s counsel advocate Arshdeep Singh Cheema said, “We have sought for interim bail period extension before the High Court to file an appeal before the SC or three days’ time to surrender before police to file his (Majithia’s) nomination for elections.”
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Majithia, who is facing an FIR by Punjab Police in a Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) case, was earlier granted interim bail by the HC on a condition of cooperating in the investigation.
The counsel appearing for Punjab, senior advocate P Chidambaram, however, was opposing the bail plea of Majithia contending that Majithia has not extended full cooperation during investigation.
Majithia, through his counsel, had also filed an application before the HC last week, alleging that the sole intention of registering the FIR against him is to take him in custody and torture him.
In his bail plea, Majithia had contended that the present FIR was registered against him keeping an eye on the upcoming elections. The petitioner’s fundamental rights are at stake, he had contended.
Majithia was apprehending arrest after a case under the provisions of the NDPS Act was registered at Mohali on December 20, last year. He had moved the HC after a Mohali Court dismissed his anticipatory bail petition.
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