A week af­ter, ED’s Ni­ran­jan with­draws his res­ig­na­tion

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - News - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

JALANDHAR: Nearly a week af­ter En­force­ment Direc­torate deputy direc­tor Ni­ran­jan Singh put in pa­pers — three years be­fore the end of his ser­vice — the of­fi­cer has with­drawn his res­ig­na­tion.

Ni­ran­jan, who was posted at ED’s Pun­jab head of­fice in Jalandhar, had ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion to the na­tional direc­tor of the cen­tral agency through Jalandhar of­fice head Girish Bali on Oc­to­ber 5. Even as he de­nied hav­ing with­drawn his res­ig­na­tion on Thurs­day, he con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment on Fri­day.

On Thurs­day, Ni­ran­jan had told the HC t that he quit his job out of ‘frus­tra­tion’ as he was not al­lowed to pro­ceed against SAD leader and for­mer rev­enue min­is­ter Bikram Singh Ma ji th iain the Jagdish Bhola drug racket case. Singh had been prob­ing the high­pro­file multi-crore Bhola drug racket case and had also ques­tioned Ma­jithia.

Ni­ran­jan, who was made the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer in the case in 2014, had ques­tioned Ma­jithia in De­cem­ber 2014, a few months af­ter drug lord Jagdish Bhola named the Akali leader in the case. Two main ac­cused in the case — Manin­der Singh, alias Bittu Au­lakh, and Am­rit­sar­based busi­ness­man Jagjit Singh Cha­hal — had also named Ma­jithia, who is the brother of Har­sim­rat Kaur Badal, Union min­is­ter and wife of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Twenty days af­ter he ques­tioned Ma­jithia, Ni­ran­jan was trans­ferred to Kolkata on Jan­uary 16, 2015. TheHC later re­voked his trans­fer. De­spite the pres­sure, Ni­ran­jan re-sum­moned Ma­jithia in June 2016 to which the for­mer min­is­ter had filed a writ­ten re­ply and did not ap­pear in per­son. Over 70 per­sons were charge-sheeted, in­clud­ing Bhola, ex- Akali min­is­ter (who is now in the Congress) Sar­wan Singh Phillaur, his son Da­man­vir Singh, for­mer Akali MLA Av­inash Chan­dar, Bittu Au­lakh and Cha­hal, dur­ing the probe.

Ni­ran­jan Singh, ED deputy direc­tor

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