Chandigarh, November 24, 2014 (Yes Punjab News)
Punjab Congress has demanded immediate removal of Bikram Singh Majuithia from the post of Punjab Cabinet Minister and urged the Enforcement Directorate to summon him for a fair and impartial conclusion of investigations regardiong the drug trade in the state.'
In a press release issued here, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, spokesperson of Punjab congress said, "We have learnt from reliable sources in the ED, that the Badal duo are exerting tremendous pressure upon the ED, not to summon their relative Minister Bikram Majithia despite alarmingly strong evidence against him."
Khaira alleged that Badals were also using the Modi government to shield Bikram Majithia, as ED falls under the preview of the central government.
He also alleged that the Punjab Police under political pressure from the Chief Minister, has purposely ommitted crucial facts in the challan presented by them, before the trial court, regarding Jagdish Bhola's case.
"Similarly, the ED has failed to summon Bikram Majithia despite my formal written complaint dated 24.07.2014, with documentary evidence prepared by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Punjab Police, regarding receipt of Rs. 70 lac ‘hawala’ money by the said Minister", he alleged.
Referring to a report in a English daily, Khaira said, it has now come to light, that the ED has been able to gather clinching and concrete evidence against Bikram Majithia Revenue Minister, for his deep involvement in the Rs. 6,000 crore drug racket that has rocked Punjab.
As per the report, the three main accused persons namely Jagdish Bhola, Bittu Aulakh and Jagjit Chahal, in their statements recorded before the ED under section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, have named Bikram Majithia as a major connection with Canada based drug dealers Satpreet Satta and Parbinder Singh alias Pindi. Even Master Partap Singh father of Bittu Aulakh, has corroborated the fact of Bikram Majithia’s friendship with the said Canada based drug smugglers.
Khaira said, the report tells that Jagjit Chahal has stated before the ED that Satpreet Satta was provided with two gunmen, an Innova car and a driver by Bikram Majithia, during his stay in India. He has also stated, that both Satta and Pindi were present on the occasion of Bikram Majithia’s marriage in November 2009.
Citing report, Khaira said, "It is pertinent to mention here, that Bittu Aulakh and Jagjit Chahal used to supply pseudoephedrine to Parbinder Singh alias Pindi in Canada, a major input for synthetic drugs. Pindi had once threatened Bittu and Chahal to return his Rs. 1.5 crore payment, due to inferior supply of said chemical to him. It was then on Bikram Majithia’s interference, that the matter was settled and the supply of chemical to Canada based smugglers re started."