AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira summoned in drugs case

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Friday, December, 01 2017 - 15:36

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the order of a Fazilka court summoning Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sukhpal Khaira in a drugs case.

Mr Khaira is facing trial in a trans-border drugs smuggling case. Allegations were made on Mr Khaira that he was trying to protect trans-border Heroin smuggler Gurdev Singh, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison on drug charges.

Mr Singh, a former chairman of Dilwan Market Committee, was among the nine people convicted in a 2015 trans-border drug smuggling case on October 31.

As per media reports, the convicts were arrested by the police on March 9, 2015, along with 2-kg heroin, 24 gold biscuits, one country-made pistol, two Pakistani SIM cards and an SUV.

The Fazilka court on Thursday had issued non-baliable warrants against Leader of Opposition Khaira and four others - 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).

Meanwhile, Khaira has denied all wrongdoing, claiming that he was a victim of political vendetta.

The summons issued to Khaira came as a setback for the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, that had fought the Assembly elections earlier this year on the anti-drugs plank, and it also resulted in sharp attacks from the SAD, Congress and BJP.

In early 2015, Khaira became popular among social media users due to his fearless video series exposing and criticising misuse of government resources by existing SAD-BJP Government in Punjab.


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