20 yrs RI to 2 brothers in NDPSA case

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 15: Principal Sessions Judge Kathua, M K Hanjura today awarded 20 years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 1 lakh each to two brothers namely Jaspal Singh and Harpal Singh, sons of Resham Singh of Dharamkot, Moga who were apprehended by the Excise Party at Toll Post Nagri Kathua on August 19, 2010 along with 720 kilograms of poppy straw.
After hearing Public Prosecutor Ravi Kumar Gupta appearing for the State whereas Advocate A Salathia for the accused persons, Principal Sessions Judge Kathua observed, “the consequences of the narcotics on the human health are disastrous as these can cause death. The fungus of narcotics has engulfed our country. It has a cancerous growth. It will spread its tentacles all around and a day will come when a major chunk of Indian population particularly the younger ones will suffer from this vice”.
“Consideration of undue sympathy in such case will not only lead to miscarriage of justice but will also undermine the confidence of the public in the efficiency of the criminal justice. It should not leave an impression that the trial was mockery of justice. Taking considerations the quantity of the seized poppy straw which is a commercial one it has to be assumed and presumed that not only do the accused indulge in the sale and supply of contraband but they had also the intent to earn money out of it”, the Court said.
With these observations, Court awarded 20 years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 1 lakh to each accused.


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