Former international wrestler and sacked deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Jagdish Singh Bhola was on Wednesday convicted and sentenced by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Mohali in a multi-crore drug racket, busted by Punjab Police in 2013.
Bhola was sentenced to 24 years in jail (12, 10 and 2 years in three cases). “The sentence will run as per Section 427 of the CrPC,” said district attorney Sanjeev Batra.
As per Section 427 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, when a person undergoing imprisonment is sentenced on a subsequent conviction, his imprisonment shall commence at the expiration of the jail term to which he has been previously sentenced.
However, a defence counsel, Harish Ahuja, claimed that the sentences will run concurrently.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2.2 lakh on the former DSP. “Bhola was convicted in three cases while acquitted in three other cases,” said special public prosecutors KS Bajwa and HS Rakkar.
Besides Bhola, CBI special judge Nirbhow Singh Gill convicted 21 other accused under NDPS Act in March 2013.