Accused facing trial in NDPS case acquitted

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 22: Principal Sessions Judge Jammu, Kartar Singh today acquitted one Shakeel Ahmed, son of Mohd Alam Sheikh of Mohalla Ustad, who was facing trial in charas smuggling case as prosecution miserably failed to prove the offence. The Court, however, issued General Arrest Warrants against Surinder Kumar, son of Amar  Nath of Mohalla Ustad, who was absconder in the case.
According to the police case, on August 23, 2006 Pacca Danga Police intercepted a Tata Sumo bearing registration No. JK02J-1804 and recovered 12 pieces of charas wrapped in maize crop from both the accused.
After hearing Advocate Faheem Shokat for the accused person and Public Prosecutor Choudhary Shabir Ahmed for the State, Principal Sessions Judge observed, “prosecution has miserably failed to prove its case against the accused by leading cogent and trustworthy evidence”, adding “evidence adduced by prosecution comprising of only official witnesses and no independent witness has been examined”.
“Official witnesses have also blown hot and cold in the same breath. All these circumstances render the prosecution story doubtful which entitles the accused to acquittal”, the court said. Accordingly, the accused were acquitted of the charges.

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