Despite having “clinching” statements to summon Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia for questioning in the multi-crore drug smuggling case, the Enforcement Directorate is dragging its feet for more than two months, reliable sources in the investigating agency said. The ED, which falls under the union finance ministry, is interrogating those involved in the international racket which was busted with the arrest of Anoop Singh Kahlon, an NRI, by the Fatehgarh Sahib police in March 2013.
It had led to the arrest of alleged kingpin Jagdish Bhola, a dismissed DSP of the Punjab Police, in November last year. Based on Bhola’s revelations, Amritsar businessman Bittu Aulakh and Jagjit Singh Chahal, who owns pharma companies, were also arrested. While Bhola and Bittu Aulakh are in jail, Chahal was granted a regular bail in March this year.
All three accused — Bhola, Bittu and Chahal — and Bittu’s father Master Partap Singh have been interrogated and their statements recorded by the ED under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act are admissible in the court as evidence.
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