Court wants to know why drug charges against Surrey singer have been dropped

Published: March 24, 2013

VANCOVER DESI

  K.S. Makhan, a popular Punjabi singer/actor, has performed at events associated with the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the Surrey Fusion Fest.


K.S. Makhan, a popular Punjabi singer/actor, has performed at events associated with the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the Surrey Fusion Fest. Submitted photo

A court in India has asked for an explanation why drug charges against a Surrey-based singer/actor have been suddenly dropped.

K.S. Makhan, a popular Punjabi singer/actor who has performed at events associated with the Vancouver Winter Olympics and the Surrey Fusion Fest was originally charged in Punjab, India with two other Canadian citizens in connection with operating a drug pipeline from his homeland to Canada.

As the case dragged on in the notoriously slow Indian judicial system, Makhan was granted bail and then rearrested last year.

Last week, when his case was scheduled to be heard, the Punjab state government ordered police to withdraw charges against the singer.

Now the Punjab High Court has directed the State Government to provide an explanation and produce details of the decision taken by its home affairs department.

The order was made by Punjab chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri based on a public interest petition filed by lawyer H.C. Arora.

Arora told the court that Punjab police had held an inquiry after Makhan was arrested with his associates to ensure the case against them was properly compiled.

He said that the government and police failed to make the proper notifications to have the case withdrawn.

Makhan and two other Canadian citizens, Lakhwinder Singh Lakha and Raja Boparai, were originally charged with receiving heroin from Makhan’s brother Hardeep Singh, a resident of Shankar village in Jalandhar in 2006.

It was alleged that Makhan, Boparai and Lakha used to send money through the hawala route (a system using underground banks) to Hardeep to purchase drugs from smugglers in Jalandhar, Nakodar and Ludhiana in Punjab. The drugs were then shipped back to Canada.

Described as an internationally acclaimed Punjabi superstar, Makhan lately tweeted a thank you note to his fans promising them that he will be touring in the country soon.

Last year Makhan made his film debut in a movie called Pinky Moge Wali.

Makhan’s case comes after the arrest of an Indo-Canadian truck driver in Punjab this month. That investigation has shed light on another international syndicate that has been pumping drugs into Canada and the United States.

Investigators have also allegedly found direct links between the arrested drug smuggler, Anoop Singh Kahlon, who used to live in the Surrey/Delta area before moving back to India. Kahlon is alleged to have been supplying drugs to top Indian athletes including Indian Olympic boxing medalist Vijender Singh, a charge which the latter has refuted.

Kahlon was a truck driver in Canada and attempted suicide in his Indian cell after his arrest.

The RCMP has said that drugs from India, located between two major drug-producing regions, the Golden Triangle and the Golden Crescent, have made that country a top source/transit point to Canada.

One RCMP analytical report also identified Indo-Canadian criminal groups as high-level transporters of synthetic drugs and precursor chemicals from Canada to the U.S.


Tags: , , , , , , ,





Featured

GANGS-BC-SURREY-AUSTRALIA

Australian co-accused of slain gangster Sukh Dhak sentenced to 3 years in prison

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI A co-accused of slain gangster Sukh Dhak was on Friday sentenced to three years in prison for his part in a…
Continue Reading »

Dr Cabbie

Indo Canadian comedy Dr. Cabbie making its way to the small screen

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI This year’s Indo Canadian box-office hit comedy Dr. Cabbie is making its way to the small screen. Toronto-based Entertainment One, alongside…
Continue Reading »

desi fun food collectibles

Surrey Night Market will be ‘bigger and better’ in 2015, say organizers

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI The Surrey Night Market is set to return for its second season next spring “bigger and better” than its inaugural year,…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

GANGS-BC-SURREY-AUSTRALIA

Australian co-accused of slain gangster Sukh Dhak sentenced to 3 years in prison

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI A co-accused of slain gangster Sukh Dhak was on Friday sentenced to three years in prison for his part in a…
Continue Reading »

Dr Cabbie

Indo Canadian comedy Dr. Cabbie making its way to the small screen

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI This year’s Indo Canadian box-office hit comedy Dr. Cabbie is making its way to the small screen. Toronto-based Entertainment One, alongside…
Continue Reading »

desi fun food collectibles

Surrey Night Market will be ‘bigger and better’ in 2015, say organizers

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI The Surrey Night Market is set to return for its second season next spring “bigger and better” than its inaugural year,…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Avoiding relapse, inviting happiness over the Holiday Season

NIRMALA RANIGA VANCOUVER DESI The holiday season can be an especially challenging time for individuals in recovery from addictive behaviours. Holiday parties and celebrations with…
Continue Reading »

Vagina Monologues

Sex workers from India’s largest red light area seek American feminist Eve Ensler’s help

IANS Kolkata – American activist and playwright Eve Ensler Friday met sex workers in Kolkata’s Sonagachi, one of Asia’s largest red light areas, who sought…
Continue Reading »

Miss World

Bikini round removed from Miss World pageant

IANS London – The Miss World contest, which has been an annual feature since 1951, will no longer feature a swimsuit round in their competition,…
Continue Reading »

sexi desi babes

Gallery: Wait for India’s Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2015 is almost over

VANCOUVER DESI The Hunt for the Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2015 is almost over. An Indian lifestyle channel will air the grand finale of the reality…
Continue Reading »

Taliban attack

Pakistani student who skipped school on the day of Taliban rampage ‘isn’t talking to anyone’

VANCOUVER DESI A 15-year-old student of Pakistan’s Army Public School  – which was bombed by the Taliban this week, killing 141 people, of which 132…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Priyanka Chopra

Gallery: Stars come together for another big fat Bollywood wedding

VANCOUVER DESI After Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan’s wedding with businessman Aayush Sharma last month, Bollywood stars gathered for another high-profile Bollywood wedding that turned…
Continue Reading »

BOLLYWOOD

Film Review: Aamir Khan’s PK unconventionally outstanding

TROY REBEIRO IANS Film: “PK”; Cast: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Saurabh Shukla, Boman Irani, Parikshat Shahni; Director: Rajkumar Hirani; Rating: *** 1/2…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood jodis-ex lovers

Bollywood’s ex-flames Shahid Kapoor, Kareena to work together in ‘Udta Punjab’?

IANS Mumbai – Actor Shahid Kapoor, who once dated actress Kareena Kapoor, has said that he has never refused to work with the latter and…
Continue Reading »