A city court has acquitted two Nepalese women, arrested for smuggling nine kg charas, as police officials arrested them after merely sniffing the contraband.
The women were in jail since 2008. The court noted that several documentary discrepancies show that the contraband could have been planted on the women.
Additional Sessions Judge Girish Kathpalia said, “The police officer just sniffed the contraband. No field test was done on the contraband, allegedly recovered from the spot, as the officer opted not to use field testing kit.”
The court also noted that the officer was completely ignorant of what a field testing kit was. “Shockingly, on such a farcical investigation, the accused persons were sent to jail,” the judge said.
The court also said there was no explanation why the sample contraband acquired from women was not sent to Forensics Science Laboratory(FSL) immediately, instead of waiting for 13 days. “There is scope of tampering the seized material,” the judge said adding that there is no way to establish that the sample tested by the FSL was the same that was seized.