Amarpreet Singh Makkar
Though the Punjab Police and Special Task Force (STF) registered several cases and have tightened the noose on drug smugglers in the state but in a majority of cases,it has been found that the accused were getting relief from court due to the police versions which were similar in nature. In most of the NDPS cases, the complainant and Investigation officer has been the same and this version finds repitition in multiple cases following which a large number of accused have got relief from courts. In August this year, a double bench of Supreme Court gave a verdict in the case of Mohan Lal versus State of Punjab.In this case the petitioner had pleaded that the Police official ,who is complainant, had also investigated the case. So, how can justice be expected in the case. After hearing the arguments of the petitioner and the state counsel, the Supreme Court provided relief to Mohan Lal. Later, it was found that the judgment in case of Mohan Lal was a repeition of similar kind of relief provided by courts in various other cases.While scanning the FIRs of NDPS cases, it was found that in a majority of cases, the police had stated that the official arrested the accused at a checkpoint and lodged the case.The complainant in the case investigates the matter and also presents the charge-sheet. The copy of the court order in the case of Mohan Lal reads that if complainant is himself investigating the case, the question arise on the merits of investigation. Sources confirmed that after the verdict in the Mohan lal case, several accused in the NDPS cases were given relief by different courts. The persons nominated in NDPS cases were getting bails and were also acquitted in cases on the grounds of complainant and IO same in the case.Many lawyers suggested that the Police should not handover the investigation to some other officer after registering the case. Despite several attempts, the STF officials were not available for comments.
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