STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of J&K High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal on Tuesday took serious note of non compliance of the directions of court in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking special drive by J&K Police against drug menace and regarding low conviction in NDPS cases, and directed Special Secretary, Home Department J&K to remain present on next date of hearing. The aforesaid PIL was filed by a Law Student Atharv Mahajan. While observing that directions of this court with regard to Ladakh region made by an order dated April 18, 2018 were not complied, the DB directed that copy of the same be sent to the Chief Secretary, UT of Ladakh to ensure compliance and report. The DB further directed Chief Secretary, UT of Ladakh to ensure that the UT is properly represented before the court on the next date of hearing. DB also directed Principal District and Sessions Judges to submit a report to this Court regarding registration of cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, wherein Challans have been filed without enclosing report from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) since 2018 till date. The DB on April, 2018 has directed the Principal Secretary to Government, Home Department, J&K, to file a status report indicating whether there is any Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) specifically meant for Jammu, Srinagar and Ladakh Province for Narcotics and if not, what are the steps taken to establish the same.
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