Bikram Singh Majithia, Senior Akali leader and former minister in the erstwhile SAD-BJP govt, is a big name in the politics of Punjab. During the assembly elections, the then Congress govt took strict actions against him for his alleged involvement in the drug cases, an arresr warrant was issued against him and the whole state had witnessed that entire political tussle. Though later on Mr. Majithia was given protection from arrest till February 23 by the Supreme Court in view of the February 20 assembly polls to contest as an Akali candidate from Amritsar East assembly constituency and he had surrendered after the expiry of the period.
Now Bikram Singh Majithia has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking regular bail in a case registered on December 20 under the provisions of the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act. Majithia contended in his petition that the then Congress government in the state did not leave any stone unturned to misuse the power and position for vengeance against its political opponents and he the petitioner was once such target.
He is currently lodged in Patiala jail following rejection of his bail plea by a special court. He has contended that the cases were politically motivated and that they had already been investigated by high-ranking police officers. In his first orders to Punjab Police after assuming charge, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had on March 20 reconstituted the Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the drug case against Majithia.
“The present dispensation has also not left any stone unturned to target the petitioner further,” Majithia contended. The petitioner submitted the present case was “blatantly political” in nature. From the date the Charanjit Channi government assumed the office, it was bent on implicating the petitioner in a case, he contended.
While the Congress and the AAP have always been attacking Akali leader Majithia over his alleged involvement in the drug cases, the Akali leadership has been calling it a “political vendetta” against the Akalis to oppress the voice of the “only regional party of Punjab and Punjabis”. Though now, after Majithia’s petition to Punjab and Haryana High court seeking bail, all eyes are set on the court’s response.