The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to the Punjab government; its Director General of Police (DGP) and Narcotics Control Bureau,Chandigarh,on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate H C Arora.
The petitioner stated that he had obtained information under RTI Act from 20 police districts of Punjab,and had been informed that between January 1,2011 and December 31,2011,as many as 1,663 cases involving offences under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act had been decided by various trial courts,and a large number of accused had been convicted.
However,the information states that not even in a single case,the Punjab Police succeeded in apprehending either the source of supply of narcotic drugs or its destination point.
In some of the letters received from the offices of superintendents of police of certain districts,it had been stated that the drugs were supplied from other states,including Haryana,Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
However,the police have neither succeeded in laying its hands on the source of supply of drugs,nor referred the cases to Narcotics Control Bureau for further investigation.
Arora stated that there was need for co-ordination
between the Punjab Police and the Narcotic Control Bureau,Zonal Office,Chandigarh,so that inter-state suppliers of drugs could be apprehended.