File picture: SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia  |  Photo Credit: PTI
- The FIR was registered against Bikram Singh Majithia under the NDPS Act at Mohali on Monday
- The Shiromani Akali Dal termed the FIR as “political vendetta”
- SAD had quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance over the farm laws in 2020
Chandigarh: Just weeks ahead of Punjab’s Assembly Elections, the Punjab Police have booked Bikram Singh Majithia, the former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) minister and brother-in-law of Sukhbir Badal, under sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
As per the FIR, Majithia was accused of facilitating drug smuggling through his property or conveyance, financing the sale or distribution of drugs, and hatching a criminal conspiracy to smuggle drugs.
Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu took to Twitter to announce that a case had been filed.
“An FIR has been registered in Punjab Police Crime Branch against the main culprits of Drug Trade on basis of February 2018 STF report, wherein I demanded this 4 years ago – It is a slap on the face of all those powerful who slept for years on issues at the heart of Punjab’s soul,” tweeted Sidhu.
He added: “After 5.5 Years of fight against Corrupt System run by Badal Family & Captain and delay of 4 years without action taken on ED & STF Report against Majithia. Finally now, after pushing for credible officers in positions of power and influence first step has been taken!”
In another tweet, Sidhu claimed that the FIR was just the first step in the fight against drugs mafia, adding, “Justice will not be served until main culprits behind Drug Mafia are given exemplary punishment, this is merely a first step, Will fight till punishment is given which acts as deterrent for generations. We must choose honest & righteous & shun drug traffickers & their protectors.”
In response, Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal labelled the registration of the FIR against Majithia as the worst instance of political vendetta.
“We have been airing our fears about such a vendetta. We will fight the injustice,” he told reporters in Muktsar town.