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SC to hear Akali leader Majithia’s plea against NDPS cases on April 21

SC to hear Akali leader Majithia’s plea against NDPS cases on April 21

A bench of justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant said it would hear the matter on April 21 after counsels sought adjournment.

The Supreme Court on Monday posted a plea filed by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia, seeking the quashing of cases registered against him by the Punjab Police under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, for hearing on April 21.

A bench of justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant said it would hear the matter on April 21 after counsels sought adjournment.

The apex court on January 31 had granted protection to Majithia from arrest till February 23 in view of the February 20 assembly polls to contest as a SAD candidate from the Amritsar East assembly constituency. He had surrendered before a Mohali court after the expiry of the protection period, and is presently lodged in the Patiala jail.

The former state cabinet minister has alleged that the cases were politically motivated, contending they had already been investigated by high-ranking police officers.

On March 20, Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Singh Mann reconstituted the four members Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the drug case against Majithia.

The previous SIT was a three-member team. The SIT was formed to probe allegations against Majithia based on an FIR lodged under various sections of the NDPS Act on December 20, 2021.

©Hindustan Times

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