A court in Punjab’s Fazilka district sent Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira to 14-day judicial custody on Saturday in connection with a 2015 drugs case. Amid tight security arrangements, Khaira was produced in the court in Jalalabad after his two-day police remand ended on Saturday, officials said.
Bholath MLA Khaira was arrested on Thursday (September 28) from his Chandigarh residence. He was arrested by the Punjab Police following an investigation conducted by a special investigation team led by DIG Swapan Sharma in the 2015 drugs case.
The case was registered in March 2015 at Jalalabad in Fazilka. Nine people, including Gurdev Singh, who was allegedly a close-aide of Khaira, were booked in the case and later convicted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
Police had recovered 2 kg of heroin, 24 gold biscuits, one country-made pistol, a .315-bore pistol and two Pakistani SIM cards from them. Khaira’s name cropped up later during the police probe.
However, in 2017, the Supreme Court stayed the trial court proceedings against Khaira who was summoned as an additional accused in the matter. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in 2021 on the charge of money laundering linked to the 2015 drugs case. He was granted bail in 2022. In February 2023, the court quashed the summoning order against Khaira in the drugs case.
The Punjab Congress had called the police action against Khaira as political vendetta, a charge vehemently denied by the ruling Aam Aadmi Party.
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