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The Punjab government is likely to soon make public the Special Task Force (STF) report on the Rs 6,000-crore synthetic drug case. On Monday, Punjab home minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa told reporters in Patiala, “Captain Amarinder Singh kept the report in the envelope for 4.5 years. This will be made public soon.”

This development comes after the Punjab and Haryana High Court made it clear on Monday that it did not stop the Punjab government from taking action against the accused in the synthetic drug case. The court also expressed dismay over the state government’s inaction and asked why it was hesitating to take action against the accused.

Meanwhile, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu has also regularly been attacking his own party’s government over the issue. On November 24, he threatened to go on a hunger strike if the STF report was not made public.

He has claimed time and again that the report mentions the name of a prominent politician who was allegedly involved in synthetic drugs smuggling.

It has been alleged that a senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader facilitated the supply of an important ingredient of ICE synthetic drug called pseudoephedrine to two Canadian citizens, Parminder Singh alias Pindi and Satpreet Singh alias Satta.

STF REPORT

As per sources, the 34-page STF report is based on statements given by three arrested accused – Jagdish Bhola, Jagjit Singh Chahal and Maninder Singh alias Bittu Aulakh. The report was submitted by the then Additional Director General of Police Harpreet Sidhu.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court, acting on a PIL filed by advocate Navkiran Singh, had asked the STF chief to file a status report in the case in 2018. The synthetic drug case had come to light in November 2013 when Punjab Deputy Superintendent of Police Jagdish Bhola was arrested on charges of drug smuggling.

The kingpin of the synthetic drug case Jagdish Bhola, also an Arjuna awardee, was sentenced to 24 years in jail in February 2019.

Another accused Jagjit Singh Chahal was also sentenced under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. However, former Akali Dal leader Maninder Singh was acquitted in the case.

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