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Punjab resident gets 10-yr jail in heroin case

HT Correspondent   New Delhi, August 22, 2014
First Published: 22:47 IST(22/8/2014) | Last Updated: 22:52 IST(22/8/2014)


A Delhi court has sentenced a Punjab resident, who was caught at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in 2010 with almost 6 kg of heroin, to 10 years in jail.

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Special judge MK Nagpal held Gurtej Singh Batth guilty under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act for possessing 5.9 kg of the deadly drug. Besides the jail term, he has to pay a fine of Rs. 1 lakh.

According to the NDPS Act, anyone possessing more than 250 gm of a narcotic substance is automatically considered to have the intention to sell the drug.

While convicting Batth, the court also noted that he attempted to export the drug as he was all set to board a flight to Canada when he was caught.

Batth, who was apprehended at the airport with two suitcases containing four packets of heroin, had earlier confessed to being aware that he had heroin in his bags. However, a month into the trial, he tried to retract his statement and said he had been unaware of the presence of the contraband in his luggage.

Refusing to believe his story, the court said, “Statements of the prosecution witnesses is found to be duly corroborated by the documents proved on record and it stands established beyond reasonable doubts that two suitcases containing four packets of heroin belonged to the accused.”

According to the prosecution, officials of the directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) got a tip-off that Batth was travelling from Delhi to Canada with contraband substance in his baggage on April 13, 2010.
The officials reached the airport before his departure and apprehended him with two suitcases from which around 5.9-kg heroin was recovered.

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