Former international wrestler and Arjuna awardee Jagdish Bhola was found guilty by a CBI court in a multi-crore drugs racket. The case was brought forward by the Punjab Police in 2013. Bhola had served as Punjab's Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP). He, however, was dismissed from service in 2012 after his links with the drugs racket were revealed. The Punjab Police had arrested Bhola in November 2013 in connection with a Rs 700-crore drugs racket.
In the follow-up, police action against the drug mafia led to the busting of a Rs 6,000-crore drugs racket. Bhola and other 49 accused were produced in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court for the verdict in the case. It led to several of them being convicted.
It is believed that Bhola was the mastermind behind the drug network. The netwrok was diverting precursor chemicals for medicinal purposes to illegal factories in Himachal Pradesh that manufactured synthetic drugs like 'Ice' and was supplying the synthetic drugs to the international market in Europe, Canada and the United States.
Being an international sportsperson, Bhola's involvement in such a high-profile drug case is shocking to say the least. From being known as the "king kong" of Indian wrestling to the kingpin of drug smuggling, it has been a unfortunate journey for the former wrestler.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega