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Look out circular against SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia

In a correspondence to Punjab police, the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) wrote that the “LOC shall remain in force until and unless a deletion request is received by the BOI from the originator itself.”

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: December 23, 2021 8:13:31 am
SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia.(File)

A look out circular was on Wednesday issued against SAD leader and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia who was booked in a drugs case on Monday evening.

In a correspondence to the Punjab Police, the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) wrote that “this LOC shall remain in force until and unless a deletion request is received by BOI from originator itself”.
Majithia was booked under sections 25 (allowing premises, etc, to be used for commission of an offence), 27 A (financing illicit traffic and harbouring offenders) and 29 (abetment and criminal conspiracy) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

The FIR was registered at the Punjab State Crime Police Station in Mohali on the basis of a Special Task Force (STF) report in the drugs racket, submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2018 and since kept under wraps. The STF had taken into account the money laundering investigations carried out by the Enforcement Directorate into eight drug cases in Punjab from the end of 2013 to 2016.

The brother-in-law of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, Majithia is a powerful figure in the party and wielded considerable clout in the previous Akali government. The Congress and other parties have long accused Majithia of links with the state drug racket, an allegation that both Majithia and SAD have denied.

The Special Investigation Team constituted by Punjab police to investigate the case against Majithia on Wednesday recorded the statement of Punjab’s anti-drug Special Task Force chief ADGP Harpreet Singh Sidhu. It was on the basis of the report of Sidhu, which in turn was based on Enforcement Directorate report, that the case against Majithia was registered on Monday evening. Police on Wednesday also got in touch with retired deputy director of Enforcement Directorate Niranjan Singh who had probed the Punjab drugs case. The three-member SIT is headed by Assistant Inspector General Balraj Singh.

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