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Punjab still to dispose of over 2.32 lakh kg of poppy husk, other drugs despite orders from SC, Centre

Saurabh Malik
Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, October 6

Greater than 2.32 lakh kg of poppy husk and different medication are nonetheless to be disposed of by the State of Punjab regardless of earlier instructions issued by the Supreme Courtroom and the Authorities of India on disposal of contraband seized by the police in varied circumstances however not required as a case property in ongoing trials.

Info on the amount of contraband as on July 31 was offered to the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom in response to a Courtroom question to Punjab Further Director-Basic of Police, STF, Harpreet Singh Sidhu. Taking a notice of the response, Justice Amol Rattan Singh directed Punjab Further Chief Secretary, Dwelling, to file his personal affidavit, stating why instructions weren’t being complied with and as to why proceedings underneath the provisions of the Contempt of Courts Act be not initiated in opposition to the officers involved, if the Bench discovered there was truly a violation of an endeavor earlier than the Courtroom.

The Bench was listening to a bunch of petitions filed in opposition to the State of Punjab by Prince and different petitioners by means of counsel Ishan Gupta. Justice Amol Rattan Singh asserted Further Chief Secretary (Dwelling)/ ADGP (STF), /IGP (STF) filed an affidavit in one other petition that got here up for listening to earlier than the Excessive Courtroom two or three years in the past. It was said that contraband was being disposed of well timed by way of the instructions of the Supreme Courtroom/the Authorities of India. It was added that committees headed by the Commissioners of every income division, have been constituted and entrusted with the accountability of such disposal

Justice Amol Rattan Singh added the Further Chief Secretary would even be required to acquire information relating to 2, 32,810.84 kg poppy husk. He would give drug-wise break-up of all different contraband nonetheless not disposed of.

It might even be said when such drug/contraband was seized in numerous circumstances and when was the contraband final disposed of underneath the supervision of various committees. “If the affidavit, not less than answering the primary query as to why the contraband is just not being disposed of in a well timed method as per the instructions already issued by the Supreme Courtroom/the Authorities of India and the endeavor given earlier than this courtroom in one other such case is just not filed, the Further Chief Secretary, Dwelling, Authorities of Punjab, can be directed to be personally current in courtroom’ the Bench concluded. 


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