Pubdate: Wed, 28 Jan 2009
Source: Hindustan Times (India)
Copyright: 2009, Hindustan Times Ltd.
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A Britain based Punjabi family on Wednesday accused  tainted Indian 
Police Service officer Shajji Mohan, who  was arrested in Mumbai on 
Sunday with 12 kg heroin, of  falsely implicating them in more than a 
drugs  trafficking case.

Baljinder Singh, 53, his son Sukhjinder Singh, (both  British 
nationals), and Nigerian national John F.  Kennedy were allegedly 
caught with eight kilograms of  heroin in 2007. They are lodged in 
Burail jail here.

However, defence counsel Kuldeep Singh Chaudhary denied  the charges 
and said the NCB officials, led by Shajji  Mohan, a former zonal 
director of the Narcotics Control  Bureau (NCB) in Chandigarh, were 
demanding money from  the accused to get them freed.

"The husband and son of the applicant were kidnapped  from Chandigarh 
by the NCB officials Dec 10, 2007. They  showed their arrest on the 
night of Dec 11 with a  contraband of heroin in a car that was 
registered in  Uttarakhand," Chaudhary told reporters.

"The NCB officials led by Shajji Mohan demanded Rs.10  million from 
their family members for freeing them.  They even gave life threats 
to the family," said  Chaudhary.

Mohan, an IPS officer of the 1995 Jammu and Kashmir  cadre, was 
arrested with a contraband of 12 kg heroin  in a Mumbai suburb Sunday.

Baljinder Singh's wife Amarjit Kaur has filed a plea in  the high 
court here challenging the Dec 20 arrests. The  case is pending.

The applicant also submitted a written complaint at NCB  office in 
New Delhi and sent a copy to ATS chief in  Mumbai Wednesday.

"We met Ish Sharma, deputy director general of NCB,  Wednesday 
morning and apprised him about the situation.  He has assured us of 
fair and free investigation in  this case," said Chaudhary.
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