The Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted bail to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia in a drug case.

The Division Bench of Justice MS Ramachandra Rao and Justice Suresh Thakur pronounced the verdict on the bail plea moved by the SAD leader.

The Division Bench had on July 29th reserved its order on the bail plea.

Counsel Arshdeep Singh Kler represented the Majithia before the High Court.

The former Minister was booked under different sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in December 2021 during the previous Congress Government. On 23rd 2022, he approached the High Court seeking bail in the case registered against him.

Majithia is the brother-in-law of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and brother of former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

The SAD leader had submitted in his bail plea that the FIR against him was registered with a malafide objective to target the petitioner.

He had also submitted that the previous Congress government in Punjab had left no stone unturned to misuse its powers and position for wreaking vengeance upon its political opponents.

The SAD had termed the registration of the FIR against Majithia as political vendetta.

Majithia was booked under the NDPS Act on the basis of a 2018 report of a probe into a drug racket in the state.

In February, a Court in Mohali had rejected Majithia's regular bail plea after he surrendered on February 24 before it.

Majithia had even approached the Supreme Court in May but it asked the SAD leader to move the High Court.

Earlier, the Apex Court had directed the Punjab Police to not arrest the former Punjab minister till February 23 in the drugs case so that he can undertake electioneering in the state.

With PTI Inputs