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Plea to test Vijender’s hair sample rejected

other Updated: May 08, 2013 00:45 IST
Saurabh Duggal
Saurabh Duggal
Hindustan Times
In a setback for the Punjab Police

In a setback for the Punjab Police, the special judge, Fatehgarh Sahib, on Tuesday turned down its application, seeking that Olympic boxing medallist, Vijender Singh, give his hair and nail samples for testing to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory here.

With the Punjab Police refusing to accept the results of the test conducted by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), in which the agency had cleared Vijender of consuming heroin or other prohibited substances, the police had approached the Fatehgarh Sahib court on April 3 and submitted the application.

Application dismissed
Vijender had opposed the application and after two days of deliberations, the application was dismissed. "After considering the entirety of the facts and circumstances, I am of the view that blood and urine test have already been examined by NADA… No order can be passed merely on the asking of investigation agency. As such, the application is dismissed," special judge, Kuldip Singh, said in his judgement.

Vijender had informed the court through his counsel that the police action had led him to be defamed in the media and had even affected his boxing career.
The Punjab Police had imposed Section 27 of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act on Vijender, and to determine the consumption of heroin, it wanted samples of the boxer's hair and nails. But, the judge in his verdict raised doubts on the application of Section 27 of the NDPS Act on Vijender. "At this stage, the evidence against Vijender is the statement of some accused arrested in the present case, regarding consumption of heroine in the past (December 2012 and February 13).

And no narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances even in small quantity were recovered from him.

There are reasonable doubts about the applicability of Section 27 of NDPS Act," said the judge.

Vijender was dragged into the controversy after the Fatehgarh Sahib police had seized 16kg heroin from drug dealer Anoop Singh Kahlon's residence in Zirakpur on March 3. Kahlon had then named Vijender and his friend, Ram Singh, as his customers.