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Jan 30, 2009 at 01:24am IST

Ex-narcotics bureau head held in drug scam

Mumbai: The high profile arrest of the former zonal director of the Narcotics Control Bureau, Saji Mohan is now leading the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) to unearthing some explosive details of possibly the biggest cross-border drug racket.

Sources say Saji has named 19 other officials of being involved in the racket including those from the Narcotics Control Bureau.

His former colleague in the Chandigarh Narcotics Bureau, Balwinder Kumar, has corroborated Saji's statement that a portion of seized drugs were siphoned off. The revelation came after the ATS questioned Balwinder Kumar.

ATS Additonal Commissioner, Parambir Singh says, "They were diverting unclaimed seized drugs and selling them off."

The ATS now plans to bring Saji Mohan's bodyguards Ravindra Kumar and Devendra Pal to Mumbai for questioning. Both Ravindra and Devendra are constables in the Jammu and Kashmor Police and were Mohan's body guards when he was posted in Chandigarh.

ATS is also probing whether Saji Mohan supplied drugs to smugglers.

At least three more Narcotics Bureau officials from Chandigarh could be interrogated by the ATS in the coming days.

Sources have told CNN-IBN that among the 19 people that Saji Mohan has named are not only narcotics officials but civilians and drug dealers as well.