Supreme Court relief for Majithia in drugs case till Monday

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New Delhi, Jan 27 : The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the arrest of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader, Bikram Singh Majithia till Monday in an alleged drugs case.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana, and also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and Hima Kohli, asked the Charanjit Channi-led Congress government in Punjab not to take any coercive action against Majithia till its next date of hearing on January 31. “Please don’t do anything till Monday,” the court said as it granted relief to the SAD leader.

Majithia was granted three-day interim protection from arrest by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana that expired on Thursday, Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi described the case as a political vendetta.

CJI Ramana said: “I don’t know if this is election fever or election virus. Everyone is rushing to the court now.” Senior advocate and Congress leader P Chidambaram ,appearing for the state, opposed Rohatgi’s plea and argued the order was passed on January 24, and thereafter he went into hiding. The CJI directed Chidambaram: “Tell your state (Punjab) not to do anything, We will hear the case on Monday.”

Majithia is the brother-in-law of SAD president and former deputy Chief minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal. Rohatgi argued that the present case is blatantly political in nature and has been registered in furtherance of the upcoming elections, with the malafide objective to target Majithia, who is a mainstream leader of the opposition party. Punjab Assembly polls are scheduled for February 20 and the results are expected on March 10.


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