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Supreme Court adjourns Bikram Singh Majithia NDPS case to April 21

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The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned its hearing of the appeal of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia, to April 21, 2022. Majithia is accused under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

The matter was listed before the bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Surya Kant.

Previously, the Court had granted protection from arrest to Majithia till January 31.

Appearing for Majithia, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi contended that this was a case of political vendetta.

Senior Advocate P. Chidambaram, who had represented the erstwhile Punjab Government, apprised the Court that Majithia was granted three days protection. The order was passed on January 24 and Majithia went into hiding after that.

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After hearing the arguments, a Bench led by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana agreed to hear the petition and asked the State of Punjab not to take any coercive action against the accused.

Majithia was apprehending arrest in the NDPS case registered against him at Mohali on December 20 last year.

Majithia had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court after a Mohali Court dismissed his anticipatory bail petition. He approached the Apex Court, after the High Court dismissed the same.

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