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Wrestler-turned-police officer Bhola gets 12 years jail in drugs case

IANS  |  Mohali (Punjab) 

Former and Arjuna awardee Bhola was on Wednesday convicted and sentenced by a special here in a multi-crore drugs racket, termed as Punjab's biggest, busted in 2013.

Bhola was sentenced to imprisonment for 12, 10 and two years in the three cases in which he was convicted earlier on Wednesday by the special (CBI) court in Mohali, adjoining Chandigarh.

and industrialist Chahal were also convicted.

Bhola had been a of Police in Police but was dismissed from service in 2012 after his links with the drugs racket were revealed. He was arrested in November 2013 in connection with a Rs 700 crore drugs racket. Subsequent police action against the drug mafia led to the busting of a Rs 6,000 crore drugs racket.

The drugs racket was later investigated by the CBI while the carried out a separate probe.

The multi-crore drugs racket became controversial in the last few years with the names of politicians, including ministers and legislators, industrialists and police officers being linked to the racket.

Bhola and other 49 accused were produced before the for the verdict in the case on Wednesday and several of them were convicted. There were 74 accused in the drugs case.

An international wrestler-turned-police officer-turned-drugs kingpin, Bhola was, however, acquitted in three other drugs cases against him. His said that they will challenge the conviction in the and

Bhola was a key figure in the which was diverting meant for medicinal purposes to illegal factories in neighbouring that manufactured synthetic drugs like 'Ice' and other party circuit drugs and was supplying them to the international market in Europe, and

The Police, in March 2013, had claimed that international boxers and took heroin from Canada-based drug dealers Kahlon and for personal consumption between December 2012 and February 2013.

While was arrested by the in April 2013, Vijender Singh, who was an under-training in at that time, was questioned in this regard. The police had alleged that consumed heroin 12 times. He, however, got a clean chit in the matter later.

Money from the multi-billion rupee racket of synthetic drugs was used by those involved in the illegal trade to lavish lifestyle, including buying VIP registration numbers for high-end cars at government auctions. Chahal's pharmaceutical units in Himachal Pradesh's Baddi industrial township, 35 km from here, were raided by the police and like ephedrine and pseudoephedrine worth Rs 925 crore in the international market were recovered.



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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 19:02 IST