Bikram Majithia received Rs 70 lac as drug money claims Congress
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In a major embarrassment to the SAD-BJP government on Thursday , Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira in a press conference organised here accused state revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia of receiving drug money through hawala.He also produced documentary evidences which show how money reached Majithia.
Sukhpal Singh Khaira claimed that Bikram Singh Majithia had received drug money through hawala on April 18,2011 through a money launderer named as Gurmeet Manchanda who is an accomplice of jailed drug lord Jagdish Singh Bhola.
“As per details provided to me by a very senior officer working in Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) of the Punjab police, Bikram Majithia had received Rs 70 lacs from Rohit Goyal @ Pinky a courier of Gurmeet Manchanda at Chandigarh on April 18,2011. The FIU while intercepting the mobile number 93564-14931 of
courier Pinky on their logger 3, traced delivery of Rs. 70 lac to Bikram Majithia and his mobile number 98140-00003, which is mentioned in the transcript prepared by FIU,” Sukhpal Singh Khaira said.
Congress spokesperson alleged that Financial Investigation Unit of state police is empowered to take action under section 91 of CRPC and can seek details of any dubious transaction but it succumbed to the political pressure as Bikram Singh Majithia is a powerful politician. He also said that the FIU’s top brass did not make efforts to recover the hawala money nor the Enforcement Directorate was informed.
Khaira said that the Punjab police ( FIU unit) arrested three people on the basis of same transcript but Bikram Singh Majithia was left untouched due to his political connections.
“Neither the FIU made any effort to nab the hawala money as in the case of Major Singh, his son Gurjant alias Janti and Lakhwinder Singh who were arrested by the FIU on the bais of same transcript at police station Ahmedgarh on
April 16,2011 and a sum of Rs. 57 lac hawala money was recovered from them. The said case is now pending with Enforcement Directorate,” Sukhpal Singh Khaira said.
Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that had FIU acted on the leads provided by the trnscripts, Majithia would have been exposed as part of the Rs 6000 crore synthetic drug racket.
“If the FIU had investigated the Rs. 70 lac receipt to its logical conclusion, there is not any iota of doubt that the said transaction would have been exposed as part of drug (hawala) money, received by the Minister from known money launderer Gurmeet Manchanda,” Khaira said.
The Congress spokesperson said that Gurmeet Manchanda is a conduit to Rs. 6,000 crore synthetic drug lord Jagdish Bhola . He said that this is just the tip of the iceberg and the amount of money could be thousands of crore if the security agencies seriously investigate the money laundering.
Demanding action against Bikram Majithia for FEMA violations, the Congress spokesperson also asked the Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to drop Majithia as a minister.
“Badal had promised protesting Congress MLA’s of concrete action against Bikram Majithia, if they furnish any proof against him. I would like to remind the CM of his promise by placing on record these documents and demand immediate dismissal of Bikram Majithia from the cabinet, registration of FIR under FEMA and other relevant sections and handing over the remaining drug related investigations to the CBI,” Sukhpal Singh Khaira said.
It is worth mentioning here that the drug lord Jagdish Singh Bhola on January 6,2014 had told media persons that Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia was involved in the multi-crore drug racket.racket. Majithia had denied the allegations.