Court goes easy on 50-yr-old convict, awards jail term already served

  • Press Trust of India
  • Updated: May 31, 2016 10:10 IST

NEW DELHI: A 50-year-old man, who was found guilty of possessing 20 kg pseudo ephedrine drug, has been sentenced to over three years in jail, a period already spent by him behind bars, by a Delhi court which said he deserved “one opportunity to mend his ways”.

Special Judge Shail Jain took a lenient view towards Delhi resident Kishan Pal, who was arrested from Chandni Chowk in 2013 with a bag of pseudo ephedrine, considering his age and circumstances.

“Considering the age and family circumstances of the convict that he is the sole bread earner of the family, coupled with the fact that the convict is not involved in any other similar matter, I am of the opinion that one opportunity to mend his ways must be given to the convict.

“Hence, I am of the opinion that the ends of justice would be served if Kishan Pal is sentenced to rigorous imprisonment of 3 years and 2 months (period already undergone by him),” the judge said, while also imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.

The court, which held Pal guilty under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, said the accused could not prove he was falsely implicated by the police.

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