New Delhi: On Wednesday, The Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted bail to Former Punjab minister and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia, who is in jail in a case registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. He is currently lodged in the Central Jail of Patiala. A case was registered against him in December under the NDPS Act and he was sent to jail after the Punjab Assembly elections.
The Division Bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Justice MS Ramachandra Rao and Justice Sureshwar Thakur gave this decision on Wednesday during the hearing of the bail plea filed by Bikram Singh Majithia. Majithia surrendered after the Punjab Assembly elections held on February 20 this year in a case registered under the NDPS Act.
Earlier on July 29, the Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had reserved the verdict after hearing Majithia’s bail plea. Majithia had approached the High Court for bail on 23 May in connection with the case registered against him under several sections of the NDPS Act in December 2021. Bikram Singh Majithia is brother-in-law of Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and brother of former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Earlier in June, the Shiromani Akali Dal had claimed that the life of jailed party leader Bikram Singh Majithia was in danger. It was also alleged that Majithia is suspected to be implicated in a false case at the behest of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Harpreet Singh Sidhu, who has additional charge of jail.
Former minister’s wife and SAD MLA Gainev Kaur wrote a letter to the state police chief in this regard and sent a copy of it to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann as well. Citing threat to their lives, Akali leaders Maheshinder Singh Grewal and Daljit Singh Cheema had demanded from the government that Sidhu, the chief of the Anti-Drug Special Task Force, be immediately removed from the additional charge of the jail.