No political vendetta in case against Majithia: Channi


Doda (Pb): Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday said his government will not allow any drug trafficker to go scot-free and the law will take its own course in a case against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia.

Majithia (46) was booked under the relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act on Monday on the basis of a 2018 status report on a probe into a drug racket operating in the state.

The report was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the anti-drug Special Task Force (STF) chief, Harpreet Singh Sidhu.

Majithia is the brother-in-law of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and the brother of former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal. He had earlier denied all the charges against him.

Addressing a gathering here, Channi reiterated his government’s commitment to eradicate the menace of drugs from Punjab, while adding that there is no “political vendetta” as far as the case against Majithia is concerned.

The SAD has alleged that the case was filed due to “political vendetta”.

Channi also took a dig at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal for withdrawing his statement against Majithia with a written apology.

In 2018, Kejriwal had tendered an apology for having levelled “unfounded” allegations of involvement in the drugs trade against Majithia, following which the latter had decided to withdraw a court case against the Delhi chief minister.

“See the kind of politics the AAP is indulging in. It apologised to a person who was facing accusations of pushing youngsters towards drugs,” the chief minister said.

He also asserted that his government will not let the culprits involved in heinous acts of sacrilege to run away from the clutches of law.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said the Congress government in the state is now gradually winning the trust of people when it comes to governance, which had touched the “lowest ebb due to misrule, coupled with gross inefficiency during the regime of (Parkash Singh) Badal as well as Amarinder Singh”.

Transport Minister Amarinder Singh Raja Warring also hit out at the Badals.

“The reign of terror unleashed by the Badals has been suppressed to a considerable extent and it would disappear in the times to come provided the Congress is given another chance to serve the people of Punjab,” he said.