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Majithia gets interim anticipatory bail

The political and legal fortunes of the much-maligned brother-in-law of Akali leader Sukhbir Singh Badal continue. The and Haryana High Court today granted interim anticipatory bail to Bikram Singh Majithia in the drug case against him. Justice Lisa Gill made it clear that the senior Akali leader would join investigations in the case.

An MLA and former minister in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) government, Majithia was apprehending arrest after a case under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act was registered at Mohali on 20 December. He moved the high court after a Mohali court dismissed his anticipatory bail petition. Majithia was represented by senior advocates Mukul Rohatgi and RS Cheema with counsel DS Sobti and Arshdeep Singh Cheema.

Appearing on Majithia’s behalf, the senior counsel “vehemently” argued there was an inexplicable delay in lodging the FIR. Besides this, the FIR itself could not have been lodged as it was incumbent upon the authorities to first seek the competent court’s permission before proceeding against him if any material had indeed surfaced against him.

The lawyer of Majithia also referred to orders passed by a division bench during the of a writ petition on the drugs issue to submit that the matter was being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate, a special task force and a committee constituted under orders of the court. But no action was taken against the petitioner for all these “long” years.

The bench was told that the registration of the present FIR was vitiated by political and ulterior motives. The petitioner had no record. He was a “mainstream politician” and undertook to join the investigation, fully cooperate with the investigating agency and abide by any conditions imposed by the court. The notice of motion issued by the Bench was accepted by senior Deputy Advocate-General Gaurav Garg Dhuriwala on behalf of the respondent-state.

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