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Saji Mohan,3 others convicted in drug pilferage case

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 08, 2013
First Published: 20:08 IST(8/3/2013) | Last Updated: 17:37 IST(9/3/2013)

A local court convicted IPS officer and former Narcotics Control Bureau director Saji Mohan along with three others in a drug pilferage case on Friday.

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Apart from Saji Mohan, others convicted by additional district and sessions judge Shalini Nagpal under the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act included NCB superintendent Balwinder Kumar, Jammu and Kashmir police constable Naveen Kumar and drug peddler Naseeb Chand. The quantum of punishment would be pronounced on Monday.

J&K police constable Davinder Pal Singh was acquitted of all charges. 
 

The case

In August 2009, Saji Mohan along with four others were booked on charge of pilfering heroin from around 13 unclaimed seizures lying in the storeroom (maalkhan) of NCB headquarters in Sector 2.

Anti-Terrorism Squad, Mumbai, had first booked the 1995 batch IPS officer in January 2009 after he was allegedly caught with 12kg heroin, following which NCB Chandigarh launched investigations of its own.

It was revealed that Saji Mohan, during his tenure as NCB director here, had mixed slaked lime in drugs, keeping aside the 'pure' contraband for personal gains. 

Saji Mohan was accused of pilfering and manipulating the contraband seized from different places in Punjab and Jammu. The subordinate staff was aware of the pilferage and cash seized from smugglers was allegedly distributed among staff.

It was alleged that 10kg heroin was handed over to Naseeb Chand, who was said to be a drug smuggler of Jammu.

The NCB had also accused the then NCB superintendent Balwinder Kumar of actively helping Saji Mohan in mixing slaked lime to heroin. He was arrested on the basis of disclosure statements of constables Davinder Pal Singh and Naveen Kumar.

Attached with Saji Mohan as personal security officer, Davinder Pal Singh had disclosed that he had siphoned off 30kg heroin packed in 30 packets. Naveen Kumar, a constable with the J&K police and attached with Saji Mohan as PSO, revealed that Mohan gave him Rs. 10,000 when he was going to Cochin in December 2008. They visited Mumbai where Saji handed over a bag to a person in a red car. He along with Balwinder mixed lime in heroin and handed over the siphoned heroin to Saji Mohan.

As per the prosecution, drug peddler Naseeb Chand, who earlier worked as an informer for the border security force, customs and central excise and other government agencies, was offered Rs. 50,000 per kg for the sale of heroin in the open market by Saji Mohan and given Rs. 1,000 as daily expenses.

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