STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Additional Sessions Judge Kathua Kamlesh Pandita, while rejecting bail application of Prabath Singh, Punjab-based narco smuggler, observed that the illegal trafficking and trade in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances has posed potential threat to whole society as it is eating the very vitals of the society and menace of traffickers is spreading its tentacles to every nook and corner of UT of Jammu & Kashmir which cannot be ignored when the recovery of contraband is on the higher side. The release of accused person at this stage will definitely have its adverse affect on the trial. The drug traffickers like accused person are spreading the addiction of Narcotics & Psychotrpic substances among the human race especially youth section of society making them slaves of the same, who when become addicts not only spoil their lives but also ruin the lives of their family members. Therefore, the release of such accused person at this stage will not meet the ends of justice. Consequently in the facts and circumstances of the instant case, the apprehension of the prosecution appears to be reasonable that once the accused person is admitted to bail, he will not debar himself from tampering with evidence and also repeating the offence. With these observations, the court denied the bail.As per Challan, on 22.01.2021, the accused was found in possession of contraband (poppy straw) to the extent of 48 Kg in his truck-cabin, found during frisking and checking at Dhar Road Ramakote, while coming from Udhampur towards Kathua. Consequently, the accused was arrested and FIR No.11/2021 came to be registered against accused under sections 8/15 of NDPS Act.
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