A man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by a Delhi court for being found in possession of six kilogram of heroin in 2007.
Arrested along with a Pakistani national after being found in possession of the drug, 52-year-old Aligarh resident Mohammad Burhan was convicted under under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act by Special Judge M K Nagpal, who also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him.
Pakistani national Arif Butt, however, had to be declared a proclaimed offender by the court as he jumped the bail and became untraceable.
The court awarded the minimum sentence of 10 years under the NDPS Act to the convict considering that he has now turned totally blind.
"Therefore, keeping in view the age, family background and all the other attending circumstances, the convict (Burhan) is being awarded the minimum sentence of rigorous imprisonment for a period of 10 years and a fine of Rs 1 Lakh...," the court said.
Butt, who was apprehended by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials along with Burhan after they got down from a bus here on August 17, 2007, had not appeared before the court after which proceedings were initiated against him.