Karachi: Drug peddler gets five years in jail
KARACHI: A special court for the Control of Narcotic Substances (CNS) on Wednesday sentenced a drug peddler to five years in prison.
The court found Mohammad Jameel guilty of keeping two kilograms of hashish within the remit of the Korangi Industrial Area police station in July 2010.
The judge of the special CNS court-II, Sanaullah Khan Ghoury, pronounced the judgment after recording statements of witnesses and final arguments from both sides.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs50,000 and in case of non-payment the convict would have to undergo an additional one-month imprisonment.
The verdict said that prosecution witnesses had fully supported the case; they were subjected to lengthy cross-examination, but their evidence remained unshaken.
It further stated that the accused had failed to produce anything on record to establish any enmity with the policemen for his false implication in the present case while the prosecution had brought confidence-inspiring evidence before the court.
The chemical report also supported the case of the prosecution and from the perusal of the evidence of three witnesses and the recovery of hashish, the charge against the accused had been proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, it concluded.
The judge also ruled that the convict was entitled to benefit of the period he had spent as an undertrial prisoner as provided under Section 382-B of the criminal procedure code.
According to the prosecution, acting on a tip-off the police conducted a raid in Mehran Town on July 27, 2010 and arrested the accused and found two kilograms of hashish in his possession.
A case (FIR 741/10) was registered against him under Section 6/9-C of the Control of Narcotic Substances Act, 1997 at the Korangi Industrial Area police station.
The accused was produced in court in custody and after the pronouncement of the order the judge remanded him back to prison with the conviction warrant to serve out the remainder of his sentence.
Meanwhile, the same court on Wednesday acquitted a Hindu priest in a similar case for want of evidence.
The police picked up Wish Ram outside a temple within the remit of the Eidgah police station on June 18 and claimed to have recovered 1.5kg of hashish from him.
However, the court ruled that the witnesses had not specifically deposed against the accused and the investigation officer had conducted inconclusive investigation as he neither inspected the place of the incident nor completed other formalities.
It seemed that the recovery was foisted upon the accused as the prosecution had failed to produce any solid evidence against him to link him with the alleged offence, it added.
The accused was in custody and the court directed the jail authorities to release him if not wanted in any other case.