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Sep 18, 2013 at 12:14pm IST

Drug trade: Punjab CM questions ex-DGP's allegations

Chandigarh: The Punjab government has rubbished the claims made by former DGP of jails Shashikant. Shashikant, in the Punjab-Haryana High Court, has made a statement alleging that ministers from major political parties, like the Akali Dal and the Congress in the state, are involved in drug rackets.

The Punjab government has now accused Shashikant of having political ambitions. "Why didn't he take action then when he was serving as the Jail DGP of Punjab? What is the point of levelling allegations now," Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal questioned.

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"It seems he is moving towards contesting elections. He wants to act as a hero. When he was the DGP, he never informed. Till date no politician's name has come up, as per my information. We dismissed three ASIs two or three days back. They were found supporting drug peddlers," Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal added.

Shashikant has alleged that the profits generated are being used for election purposes. He has also alleged that the state police are hand in glove with these ministers and are helping them in running the business.

On the basis of a PIL filed, the High Court had asked for DGP Shashikant's assistance in the case. Meanwhile, the High Court has asked for a reply from the Punjab government over this allegation.