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JAMMU: 1st Additional Sessions Judge Jammu Mohan Singh Parihar on Thursday awarded 10 years Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) and fine of Rs 1 lakh each to Kali Dass, son of Som Nath and Asha Singh, son of Babu Ram, both residents of Badyal Brahmana Tehsil R.S Pura, Jammu from whose possession 12.48 kg Charas was recovered.
After hearing Advocate Prince Khanna for the accused whereas Additional Public Prosecutor Ajay Singh Manhas appearing for the State, the court observed that in the instant case, admittedly the quantity of contraband Charas/ Cannabis recovered and seized from the truck bearing registration No. JK02AL- 5781 which was driven by convict Kali Dass and its owner the other convict namely Asha Singh was sitting in it, falls in the category of commercial quantity so the maximum punishment provided under Section 20 (b) (ii) (C) of the Act is 20 years with fine extending upto Rs. 2 lakh but the minimum sentence of 10 years has been provided and fine not less than Rs. 1 lakh.
In the instant case, the Charas weighing 12.48 Kg was recovered and seized from beneath the seat of the driver of the aforesaid truck on April 27, 2016. The evidence produced by the prosecution has proved and established that the convicts were in conscious possession of the Charas recovered from the truck and both the convicts were arrested on the spot by the Police and the truck was seized along with scrap of two tractors loaded in it. With these observations, the court awarded 10 years Rigorous Imprisonment and fine of Rs. 1 lakh each to both convicts for committing the offence under Section 8/20 (b) (ii) (C) NDPS Act.
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