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Drug smuggling case: SC stays proceedings against Punjab LOP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today granted relief to leader and Punjab's Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira by staying the proceedings before a trial in a 2015 trans-border drug smuggling case.

A in Fazilka, had issued fresh summons on November 30 to Khaira to appear on December 21 in the case.


A bench of Justices N V Ramana and S Abdul Nazeer issued notice on Khaira's plea challenging the verdict of and High Court, which had dismissed his to quash the summons.

"Issue notice to the standing counsel for the State of There shall be stay of further proceedings before the trial court," the bench said.

The Fazilka had earlier issued a non-bailable warrant against Khaira in the drug case, following which he had moved the high which had quashed the warrant and directed the trial to decide the matter on merit.

However, his plea seeking to quash the trial summons was rejected by the high on November 17, with leader saying it was a case of political vendetta.

On November 30, Fazilka had issued fresh summons to Khaira and four other accused asking them to appear on December 21 to record their statements under the NDPS Act.

Others who were issued summons were Khaira's personal security officer (PSO) Joga Singh, personal assistant Manish, Charanjit Kaur, a resident of Bath village (Jalandhar), and Major Singh Bajwa of Bajwa Kalan village (Jalandhar).

The Fazilka had on October 31 sentenced nine persons to imprisonment in the trans-border heroin smuggling racket which had surfaced in 2015.

It had earlier issued summons to Khaira for November 30 under Section 319 of the CrPC (power to proceed against other persons appearing to be guilty of offence) following an application from the prosecution. Khaira had then moved the High on November 3 against the Fazilka court's order.

Those convicted were arrested by the police on March 9, 2015, along with 2 kgs of heroin, 24 gold biscuits, a country- made pistol, two Pakistani SIM cards and a SUV vehicle.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 17:45 IST
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