A second judge at the Punjab and Haryana High Court was disqualified from hearing Friday’s bail plea by Bikram Singh Majithia, a former minister in Punjab, and a leader of Shiromani Akali Da (SAD).
Majithia is currently being held in Patiala Centre Jail. He had applied to the high court for regular bail in a case against his under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of December 2021.
On July 4, 2008, it was earlier. Justice Augustine George Masih was unable to attend the hearing. The case was then referred to the Chief Justice by Justice Ramachandra Rao, and Anoop Chitkara to hear it on Friday. The matter came up for hearing and one judge resigned. On the website of the high court, a detailed order regarding the same has not yet been released.
After Majithia’s bail plea had been dismissed by a Mohali court in February, he had moved the Supreme Court seeking to quash the FIRHis name was added to the list. On May 11, the apex Court refused to entertain his plea and requested that he instead approach the highest court.
In his bail plea filed in the high court, Majithia, through senior advocate R S Cheema and advocate Arshdeep Singh Cheema, submitted that the “present case is blatantly political in nature and has been registered with mala fide objective to target the petitioner, who is a mainstream leader of a major opposition party, one month prior to the polls in the state… The then Congress-led government has left no stone unturned to misuse its power and position for wreaking vengeance against its political opponents and the petitioner is such target”.
However, the Punjab government, opposing the bail plea, had submitted that “more information is required to be collected from within and beyond India to ascertain the backward and forward linkages, including financial transactions of the fugitive accused persons closely associated with the petitioner (Majithia)”.