Punjab local government minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday demanded the immediate arrest of former minister Bikram Singh Majithia on the basis of the report of Special Task Force (STF) in connection with an alleged drug paddling racket. The minister said that the STF had found evidence against Majithia in the alleged drug trade.

Sidhu was addressing a press conference at his official residence here along with his politician wife Navjot Kaur to highlight the findings of STF report.

Sidhu said the Punjab government cannot ignore STF report which pointed out the alleged role of Majithia in the drug trade. “STF has clearly said that there is substantial evidence of the role of Bikram Singh Majithia in drug trade which needs to be probed. Punjab government cannot ignore these facts. Bikram Singh Majithia should be arrested as punishing a wrongdoer is must. He was a major kingpin to facilitate the drug paddlers”, Sidhu said.

Reading out the findings of STF report, Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur said, the findings of STF reveal that Majithia was closely associated with accused Satpreet Satta, Amarinder Singh Laadi and Parminder Singh Pindi.

“They had stayed at Majithia’s official house. Another accused Jagjit Singh Chahal had given Rs 35 Lakh to Majithia to facilitate the drug peddlers. The amount was paid to the former minister in eight instalments. Now the investigation is going for the Chahal’s properties why should not be the same held for Majithia. Bikram majithia was playing a significant role in the drug rackert by providing official vehicles, house and gunmen to the drug paddlers”, she said.

The couple said that the STF report had mentioned that Chahal has confessed to give Rs 35 lakh as election donation to Majithia in the drawing room of his residence in Amritsar. “Chahal has also said that Maninder Singh alias Bittu Aulakh asked him to supply pseudoephedrine to Canadian NRIs Satpreet Satta, Amrinder Singh Laddi and Parminder Singh Pindi on Majithia’s behest”, Navjot Singh Sidhu claimed.

Sidhu’s statement came after Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday apologised to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the ‘drug trade’.

Majithia had filed a defamation case against the Aam Aadmi Party chief and others following the allegation made during campaigning in the Punjab assembly elections.