A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant asked Majithia to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court for relief. The top court said that we are not inclined to entertain the petition under Article 32.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a petition filed by Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia seeking quashing of drug trafficking cases against him.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant asked Majithia to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court for relief. The top court said that we are not inclined to entertain the petition under Article 32. But we allow the petitioner to approach the High Court or any other Bench. We direct that the petition be heard only by a Division Bench of the High Court and not by a Single Bench.

The top court had on January 31 granted protection from arrest till February 23 to Majithia for contesting as a SAD candidate from Amritsar East assembly constituency in view of the February 20 assembly elections. He surrendered after the security period was over. Former minister Majithia had argued that these cases were politically motivated and they had already been investigated by high-ranking police officers.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, in his first order to the Punjab Police on March 20 after taking charge, had reconstituted the four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the drugs case against Majithia. The previous SIT was a three-member team. The SIT was constituted to probe the allegations against Majithia on the basis of an FIR registered under various sections of the NDPS Act on December 20, 2021.

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