Senior advocate Chandrajit and SP Jogeshchandra tried to malign drug kingpin’s trial: Judge
Drug Kingpin Lhukhosei disappear from Hospital, Judge suspects foul play
By Paojel Chaoba
IMPHAL| Mar 30
A team of Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) raided the Government Quarter of Autonomous District Council (ADC) chairman Lhukhosei Zou on June 20, 2018 at Lamphel, Imphal West and seized a huge quantity of drugs amounting to approximately Rs 27 crores. The investigating officer of the case had charge-sheeted Lhukhosei and seven of his associates on 14 December, 2019 taking nearly six months time.
The very next day, senior advocate and then president of the All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA), H Chandrajit Sharma and superintendent of Imphal West police then, Haobijam Jogeshchandra came to court and tried to withdraw the charge-sheet in an alleged attempt to malign the investigation. The allegation against the duo has been supported in the form of sworn affidavits and concerned judge Yumkham Rothar has put his foot down by complaining against Chandrajit to the Bar Council of Manipur for professional misconduct, and against Jogeshchandra to the Director General of Police for attempting to interfere with the administration of
The raid and how it began
A Narcotics and Affairs of Border police team had arrested driver of the ADC, Lukhosei Zou alias Shesei Zou with two suitcases full of Heroin powder on June 20, 2018. On the driver’s disclosure, the same team raided the politician’s residence from which 28 kilograms of Amphetamine tablets, a huge amount of cash, arms and ammunition were seized. Lhukhosei Zou had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the local body government in Chandel
Subsequently, he was put in judicial custody along with seven other individuals who were arrested with him.
Lukhosei had been seeking medical treatment while being lodged in jail.
At first, he was granted interim bail for allowing him to undergo a minor operation of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (removing the gallbladder) and a date was even fixed by the Court. But, he did not go for the operation. He, however in August last year consulted a cardiologist and sought treatment for the heart.
By the time, the investigating officer had already filed the charge-sheet to the NDPS court on 14 December last.
This is within the time limit of 180 days under section 167 (2) of the Cr.P.C. Any offender if not charge-sheeted within 180 days or 6 months is entitled to statutory bail.
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