Read Order: Hardeep Singh v. State Of Punjab

LE Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 11, 2021: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has denied bail to an accused in a drugs trafficking case after it was found that he is still facing prosecution in four more cases.

This was the second petition for grant of bail, pending trial, in a criminal case arising from an FIR dated 30.11.2018, registered under Section 22 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act, 1985, at Police Station Lehra, District Sangrur, Punjab.

As per the prosecution, the petitioner was found in conscious possession of banned narcotic substances — 125 vials (100 ml each) of Wincirex containing intoxicating syrup and 700 intoxicating tablets of Carisoma.

The first petition of the accused was dismissed on 14.11.2019 after the counsel for the State submitted that the petitioner was involved in two more cases under the NDPS Act and two under the Excise Act and one with regard to theft.

In the present petition, the counsel representing the petitioner contended that the petitioner stands acquitted in one case under the NDPS Act. He, hence, contended that petitioner who has suffered incarceration for approximately 2 years and 7 months should be granted bail, the HC noted.

“The learned counsel for the petitioner admits that the petitioner is still facing prosecution in as many as 5 cases including this one. Hence, no ground to grant concession of bail is made out,” sated the bench of Justice Anil Ksheterpal.

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