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Punjab drugs case: HC fixes hearing on Thursday before it closes for Dussehra break

Saurabh Malik

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, October 13

Greater than three years after proceedings within the Punjab medication case got here to a digital standstill, the matter got here up for efficient listening to this afternoon with the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom making clear its intent to return out with a timeline for listening to the problems, together with opening of the particular activity drive report and extradition of the accused.

The Bench of Justice Augustine George Masih and Justice Ashok Kumar Verma additionally mounted the case for Thursday — the final working day earlier than it closes down for the Dussehra break.

Because the case got here for listening to for the primary time earlier than it, the Bench took up a synopsis, highlighting 13 factors, submitted by advocate Navkiran Singh. The synopsis, summing up the proceedings ever for the reason that Excessive Courtroom took suo motu cognisance of the matter means again in September 2013, was submitted by Navkiran Singh on the earlier date of listening to within the matter underscoring drug menace in Punjab and requesting for judicial scrutiny.

Navkiran Singh, amongst different issues, additionally referred to as for the opening of reviews submitted within the matter. One of many reviews submitted in a sealed cowl by the Punjab authorities was gone via by the Bench in Could, 2018, earlier than it was re-sealed.

Punjab Advocate-Common APS Deol and senior advocate Anupam Gupta additionally aired related views. The event comes at a time when the problem has attained political proportions, notably with Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu repeatedly tweeting concerning the opening of the STF report “on multi-crore drug racket”.

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. Taking over his plea, the listening to was superior by nearly a month.

Showing on the behalf of Legal professionals for Human Rights Worldwide, counsel Navkiran Singh additionally prayed that the Bench “might open” a report mendacity in a sealed cowl within the case. He had contended the matter associated to drug mafia working in Punjab and was having worldwide tentacles. It was required to be handled on an pressing foundation because it affected the lives of the Punjabi youth.

“The sealed reviews, which have been filed by Niranjan Singh, (the then) Deputy Director, Enforcement Directorate, and the Particular Process Power, in addition to the State of Punjab, should be opened and regarded by this Courtroom Navkiran submitted.

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