A Mohali court,on Saturday,sent Jagdish Bhola,an alleged kingpin of a multi-hundred crore synthetic drug racket,to judicial remand along with his accomplices Sarabjit Singh Saba and industrialist Jagjit Singh Chahal. However,the Banur Police was granted transit remand to take Bhola and Saba to Patiala in connection with another case registered against them in the Urban Estate Police Station in Patiala. The matter was heard in the court of Judicial Magistrate Imanbir Singh Dhaliwal.
The public prosecutor sought a four-day remand for Bhola and Saba in order to make more recovery and discover their international links.
The police needs more time to zero in on the smugglers who were hand in glove with the accused. They have not been able to locate the address of Bholas rented accommodation in Goa, he said.
The counsel for the accused,however,argued that the police had sought the custody on the same grounds in the last two hearings and made no recovery since then. They also said that Saba was a heart patient and his health needed to be monitored.
Seeking Chahals custody,the Investigating Officer said Chahal had,on Saturday,disclosed that he recently went to Delhi to sell drugs and disposed off 2 kg of unsold drugs in a dhaba near Sonepat.
Vikram Chaudhary,who represented Chahal,argued that the police led a tainted investigation,and only recorded arbitrary statements on the last day of the remand in order to get it extended.
He also emphasised on the fact that the pharmaceutical units in Baddi,which were raided by the police,manufactured controlled drugs which were duly licenced.
After the hearing,Bhola and Saba were taken to Patiala where they will be produced before a magistrate in a case registered earlier this year. They had been booked for illegal possession and supply of drugs,illegal possession and use of weapons and forgery under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act; the Arms Act and the IPC.