Chandigarh: Jailed Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia has been granted bail in a drugs case by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Akali leader was charged on December 20 and sent to jail on January 24, after the Punjab assembly elections – which he contested unsuccessfully – ended.
Mr Majithia has long maintained that the cases were politically motivated, contending they had already been investigated by high-ranking police officers.
Mr Majithia had lost from Amritsar East assembly constituency after the Aam Aadmi Party scored a massive victory in Punjab.
Hailing from a politically influential family, the controversial Akali leader won from the Majithia constituency in the 2007 assembly elections for the first time. The 46-year-old retained the seat in 2012 and 2017.
He has been a minister in the Akali Dal governments between 2007 and 2017. Mr Majithia held the Environment, Revenue, NRI affairs as well as Science and Technology portfolios.