The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday granted bail to senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia, who was in jail for over five months for his alleged involvement in a drug case registered in December 2021. Justice M.S. Ramachandra Rao and Sureshwar Thakur had reserved the order on the bail plea on July 29.
Majithia, a former minister lodged in the Central Jail of Patiala, had approached the High Court for regular bail in a case registered under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
In his petition, Majithia said that the then Congress government in the state left no stone unturned in abusing its power and position for vengeance against its political opponents and that the petitioner was once such a target.
In an order, the High Court observed that no material has been placed on record showing possession, transportation, storage or recovery of any prohibited substance from the petitioner.
“We are satisfied to hold that reasonable grounds exist that the petitioner is not guilty of the offenses alleged against him in the FIR and he is not likely to commit such offenses while on bail,” the judges said.
“The trial will take time to commence and conclude. Therefore no useful purpose is going to be served even if the petitioner is kept in judicial custody indefinitely.
We are of the opinion that the custody of the petitioner is continuing, which commenced on February 24.” happened, there is no warrant and he is entitled to be released on bail.”
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