The court of Additional district and sessions judge JS Sidhu sentenced four persons to rigorous imprisonment (RI) of ten years for possessing contraband. The court convicted Suresh Kumar, a resident of Kullu, Ramesh Kumar, a resident Sonipat, Haryana, Guddu Ram and Budh Ram, both residents of Kullu under various sections of the Narcotics Drug Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
Suresh Kumar was convicted under Section 20 and 29 read with Section 20 of the NDPS Act. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on him. Ramesh Kumar and Guddu Ram were held guilty under Section 20 of the NDPS Act and have been asked to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh each. The court convicted Budh Ram under Section 29 read with Section 20 of the NDPS Act and Section 25 read with Section 20 of the NDPS Act and also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on him.
Pronouncing the orders the court held, “The commercial quantity of charas has been recovered from the convicts which is dangerous for other persons health, therefore, it is an offence against the entire society. Such type of offenders are required to be dealt with a hard hand so that it may set an example for others. Hence, the convicts may be punished with highest punishment provided by the law.”
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The court had acquitted Poonam Chand, Asha Devi and Chandro Devi as the prosecution was not able to establish the case. The defence counsel for Asha and Chandro advocate TTP Singh argued that it was not ensured whether both women were carrying contraband as they had been taken by male official which was incorrect under Section 50 of the NDPS Act. While advocate Terminder Singh, counsel for Poonam Chand said, “Poonam was not present at the spot at the time of incident and he had been forcefully brought to Chandigarh.”
The complainant, Sachin Gularya, an intelligence officer of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). According to the prosecution, a “secret” information was received by investigating officer (IO) Brahma Nand that Suresh Kumar alias Nitu and and Guddu Ram were involved in drug trafficking and were coming to Chandigarh with a huge consignment of charas in a white Maruti 800 car on March 27, 2014. The said consignment of contraband was to be delivered to one Ramesh Kumar at Industrial Area Phase II, near the Tribune Chowk. The NCB had also arrested Asha Devi and Chandro Devi.
The NCB got further information that Suresh Kumar and Guddu might be accompanied with some female associates and after the delivery of a part of the charas, remaining contraband was to be delivered in Pushkar, Rajasthan. The NCB had arrested Poonam Chand from Pushkar and it was alleged that he was to sell contraband in Rajasthan.