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HC advances Punjab drugs case hearing by month

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, October 5

The Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom at the moment superior the listening to of Punjab medication menace case by nearly a month.

The suo motu or “courtroom by itself movement case” towards the state of Punjab, earlier scheduled to be heard on November 15, will now be taken up for listening to by the newly constituted Bench of Justice Augustine George Masih and Justice Ashok Kumar Verma on October 13, simply earlier than the Excessive Courtroom closes down for the Dasehra break. The route got here after counsel for the events, together with the state, mentioned that they had no objection to advancing the date. Justice Masih was a member of the Bench that originally took suo motu cognisance of a letter forwarded to the Excessive Courtroom by retired IPS officer Shashi Kant means again in September 2013, underscoring drug menace in Punjab and requesting for judicial scrutiny.

Kant was aiding the Bench of then Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Masih in one other petition by Tarlochan Singh and different petitioners on the precise situation of drug menace within the jails of Punjab.

The suo motu case got here up for listening to frequently until March final 12 months, however got here to a standstill after the Excessive Courtroom went into restrictive functioning mode following Covid outbreak, compelling advocate Navkiran Singh to file an software for advancing the date of listening to within the case.

Showing on the behalf of Legal professionals for Human Rights Worldwide, counsel Navkiran Singh additionally prayed that the Bench “could open” a report mendacity in a sealed cowl. He had contended the matter associated to drug mafia working in Punjab that had worldwide tentacles.

“The sealed experiences, which have been filed by Niranjan Singh, the then Deputy Director, Enforcement Directorate, and the Particular Activity Pressure, in addition to the state of Punjab, have to be opened and thought of by this courtroom, Navkiran submitted.

Delayed by Covid

  • Sept 2013: HC takes suo motu observe of retired IPS officer Shashi Kant’s letter on drug menace
  • Jan 2015: Kant says he’ll reveal names of drug-lords figuring in an inventory given to then CM in 2007
  • Feb 2017: HC requires particulars of accused initially named in drug circumstances, however exonerated by an SIT
  • Might 2018: DGP Sidddharth Chattopadhyaya submits a report in a sealed cowl
  • March 2020: Case listed on common foundation until HC goes into restrictive functioning attributable to Covid

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