The Delhi High Court on Monday exonerated a Malaysian charged under the Arms Act after he was caught carrying a live cartridge.
The court dropped criminal prosecution against Chan Hong Saik after quashing the FIR lodged against him in March,2011,after the security personnel at the IGI Airport found a live cartridge in his bag. He was booked under the Arms Act for possessing ammunition and,a few months later,a trial court ordered him to stand trial in view of a prima facie case against him.
Single live cartridge cannot be used for any threat purpose without firearms. Its value in the market is also not attractive and it cannot be used for any other purpose. If the intention of the petitioner was not either of the purposes mentioned above,he cannot be held guilty and punished for the charge against him, said the court while allowing Saiks petition.
The judge also noted that he was a renowned shooter and had won several medals even in India. He is member of a rifle club in Malaysia…the live cartridge may have been left in his bag while practising for shooting. Possession of cartridge is not alarming without firearms. In such a situation,he cannot be punished, the court said.