The Punjab and Haryana High Court issued show cause notice to industrialist Jagjeet Singh Chahal, key accused in multi-crore synthetic drug racket. It asked him for why his bail should not be cancelled for remaining absent before the Patiala special court during most of the case hearings.
The division bench comprising Justice Surya Kant and PB Bajanthri also issued show cause notice to the DGP and Additional Director General of Prisons “to explain the conduct of their officers who “are deliberately delaying the conclusion of trial proceedings.” The court observed the Jail and Police authorities owe an explanation as to why the accused-under trial are not being produced without giving any explanation or reason.
At the same time, the court ordered the Amritsar Senior Superintendent of Police to effect service of the notice to Chahal and “ensure his presence before this Court in person or through counsel, failing which he himself shall remain present in Court.”
The division bench observed, “From the zimini orders attached with the second bail application, there appears to be some tacit collusion and connivance between the accused persons, Jail Authorities and prosecuting agency as one or the other under-trial remains absent on the date fixed thereby compelling the Court to adjourn the proceedings. The Police and Jail Authorities have virtually made the learned Special Judge a mute spectator as no effective proceeding have been conducted since November, 2015.”
The court was passed last week while hearing a bail petition moved for the second time by one of the accused Tarsem Singh in the drug racket case who had submitted that he should be released on regular bail as the trial is not likely to be concluded by July 31 as directed by the High Court on October 7 last year while dismissing his earlier bail petition.
Chahal and his brother Paramjit Singh (now behind bars) have two pharmaceutical industries in Himachal Pradesh at Baddi and Barotiwala namely, M/s Montek Biopharma and MBP Pharmaceutical Pvt. Ltd. Allegations against them are that they misappropriated two controlled substances.