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HIGH COURT CHANDIGARH DIRECTIONS IN NDPS CASES

HIGH COURT DIRECTION ON DEALING WITH DRUG MENACE

There is no single age group of people more affected by alcohol and drugs than young people. It may seem that it is an issue of an individual but in some ways it feels like it is an issue everywhere:  for individual, his family and his friends. All over the nation, alcohol and drugs affect each and every one of us, directly or indirectly:  in our homes, in our families, in our school, in our dorm, in our community, town or city. It is to be noted that more than 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol and other drugs affecting millions more people -- parents, family members, friends and neighbors.

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For some, one time or infrequent use of alcohol or drugs can result in tragedy: alcohol overdose, an accident or fall when under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or an arrest associated with alcohol or drugs that may cost you your reputation and your freedom. For others, even though they may not use alcohol or drugs, they could become a victim of an alcohol or drug-related crime. And, for yet others, what may have started as occasional use can turn into an addiction that presents extraordinary health concerns with potentially grave and tragic consequences. To avoid such situations, necessary steps are taken by the authorities.

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PUNJAB AND HARYANA HIGH COURT JUDGMENT

  • The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a slew of directions to Haryana government to deal with drug menance and drug peddlers in the state.
  •  The high court bench of justice Rajiv Sharma and justice HS Sidhu passed the order while deciding a drug seizure case of 2011, reported in Dabwali area of Sirsa.
  • The directions include orders to director general of police (DGP) to revamp, restructure and strengthen the special task force (STF) and deploy policemen in plain clothes from 8am to 6pm in the vicinity of educational institutes.

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  • The DGP has also been directed to register cases against kingpins under the prevention of Money Laundering Act.
  • The court said that the main concern of the court is that charas, heroin and artificial drugs should not be available in the state at all.
  • The court also added that it is intriguing to note that students are getting prohibited drugs but police is not in a position to catch hold of kingpins and peddlers.
  • The court had issued similar directions to Punjab government regarding the same in the early January.

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GUIDELINES FROM THE COURT

  • Government to launch special awareness drives with deputy commissioner as nodal officers,
  • Police to be provided with special kits for investigation,
  • Refresher course for cops on procedure to probe drugs cases,
  • Drugs suppliers to be probed for money laundering,
  • Attachment of properties of drug dealers,
  • State to establish rehabilitation centres in each district with on psychiatrist within six months,
  • Counselors to visit all the schools falling in his jurisdiction to educate students,
  • All educational institutions to appoint the senior-most teacher as the nodal officer to counsel the students every Friday each month,
  • The drugs inspector should be accompanied by a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) during raids,

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  • SPs to personally monitor all the drug seizure cases,
  • DSPs concerned to visit every medical shop at least once in 24 hours,
  • District-level anti-narcotics cells to be constituted within a month to identify vulnerable areas,
  • Police stations to prepare data of those who previously caught with drugs and keep surveillance on them,
  • Director, education to provide the list of vulnerable schools to police, a mandatory and comprehensive chapter on drug abuse schools, other institutes to constitute anti drugs clubs,
  • Prison staff to be sensitized in detecting and seizing drugs, all prisons to have sniffer dogs,
  • Every prisoner entering the jail for the first time to be tested for addiction, frequent tests of other prisoners.

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You must seek legal advice from best/top/expert NDPS lawyers in Chandigarh Panchkula Mohali and Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyers before proceeding ahead with your criminal case. NDPS cases invite stringent punishment in form of jail upto 5/10/20 years. So a sound professional advice goes a long way in securing an acquittal.

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This post is written by Dipti Prakash of Punjab University. For more info, please dial 99888-17966.

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