Left Menu
Development News Edition

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


Wrestler-turned-police officer Bhola gets 12 years jail in drugs case
Image Credit: Wikimedia

Former international wrestler and Arjuna awardee Jagdish Bhola was on Wednesday convicted and sentenced by a special CBI court 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 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Mohali, adjoining Chandigarh.

International drugs dealer Anoop Singh Kahlon and industrialist Jagjit Singh Chahal were also convicted. Bhola had been a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Punjab 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 Enforcement Directorate 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 CBI court 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 lawyer said that they will challenge the conviction in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Bhola was a key figure in the drug network which was diverting chemicals meant for medicinal purposes to illegal factories in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh that manufactured synthetic drugs like 'Ice' and other party circuit drugs and was supplying them to the international market in Europe, Canada and United States. The Punjab Police, in March 2013, had claimed that international boxers Ram Singh and Vijender Singh took heroin from Canada-based drug dealers Kahlon and Rocky for personal consumption between December 2012 and February 2013.

While Ram Singh was arrested by the Punjab Police in April 2013, Vijender Singh, who was an under-training DSP in Haryana Police at that time, was questioned in this regard. The police had alleged that Vijender Singh 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 precursor chemicals like ephedrine and pseudoephedrine worth Rs 925 crore in the international market were recovered.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

Top 10 Fake News, Myths and Realities on 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID 19

With nearly 1500 deaths by January 14 and around 65,000 infections in China, the Novel Coronavirus 2019 has become one of the worst health epidemics of the 21st Century. However, 8,573 people have been cured but the rumor mongers are a...

Handling fake news Infodemic in time of Coronavirus epidemic

Social media has provided a platform where everybody can disseminate his her views without any supervision. Its excellent if the message is genuine but misinformation is equally disastrous. Health is such a topic where every Tom and Harry c...

Sentiment Analysis on Budget 2020: Long shot for solution to economic worries?

Industries and individuals alike had high expectations from the government to take tangible steps but the budget 2020 seems to have failed expectations....

How can technology help the future of mobility?

More than a billion people or one-third of the global rural population lacked access to all-season roads and transport services in 2016, subsequently hindering the socio-economic development....

Videos

Latest News

Texans' Watt marries Red Stars' Ohai in Bahamas

J.J. Watt has tied the knot. The Houston Texans defensive end married Kealia Ohai, a midfielder for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Womens Soccer League in a ceremony in the Bahamas on Saturday.Watt tweeted photos of the ceremony on S...

Turkish author fears for her life if she returns home

Istanbul, Feb 16 AFP Exiled Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan expected to be a convicted woman by now with a life sentence hanging over her head. The award-winning author, whose books have been translated into 21 languages, spent four months in...

40 Americans on cruise ship in Japan have been infected with coronavirus: official

A senior US health official said Sunday that more than 40 Americans on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan have been infected with the deadly coronavirus and would not be a part of an evacuation effort. Forty of them have gotten infected, An...

UPDATE 2-Macron picks minister to lead Paris mayor battle after sexting scandal

French President Emmanuel Macron picked his widely respected health minister on Sunday to reinvigorate a campaign to win over Paris City Hall that fell apart when his previous candidate pulled out over a sexting scandal. Less than a month b...

Give Feedback