AAP leader Raghav Chadha on Sunday criticized the Punjab government of Charanjit Singh Channi for failing to arrest Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia, who was booked under the NDPS law.
Mr Chadha alleged that Mr Majithia was “openly prowling” and alleged that pictures of the Akali guide appeared on social media on Saturday showing him doing homage in the Golden Temple.
The leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed that the Channi government did not want to arrest Majithia because of an “attitude” between her and the Badals.
While Punjab Police are searching for Mr. Majithia booked under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Act (NDPS), his pictures went viral on social media at the Golden Temple Complex in Amritsar.
The youth Akali Dal, the youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal, shared the guide’s photos on their official Facebook page on Saturday.
The images came at a time when Punjab police were raiding to arrest Mr. Majithia, a former minister of state.
Last month, Mr. Majithia was placed under the NDPS Act based on a report of a 2018 drug abuse investigation in the state.
He is the brother-in-law of Shiromani Akali Dal boss Sukhbir Singh Badal and brother of the former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Speaking to the media on Sunday, Mr. Chadha said it had been almost two weeks since the FIR was registered against the Akali leader, but he had not yet been arrested.
It was the first time in the country’s history that a defendant whose early bail had been denied could not be arrested, he added.
“The defendant (Mr. Majithia)” walked around openly, “alleged Mr. Chadha.
“Yesterday there were some pictures of Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia on social media showing him paying homage in the Golden Temple,” he said.
Despite the surveillance cameras installed in and around the Golden Temple and the presence of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee task force, the police were unable to arrest him, Chadha said.
“The Channi government will not arrest or arrest Majithia because of a dispute between the government and the Badals,” he said.
The AAP leader alleged that Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had given instructions to the police not to arrest Mr. Majithia.
He claimed that registering the FIR against the Akali leader was an “electoral ploy”. The AAP convener and Prime Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, targeted the congressional government in Punjab on Saturday, claiming it did not have the courage to arrest Majithia.
A circular was issued against the former Punjab minister last month preventing a person from leaving the country.
After Mr. Majithia’s bail request was denied by a court in Mohali, he moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
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