Drug smuggler sentenced for 13 years with fine of Rs. 1, 30,000IMPHAL | Oct 8
Special Judge, ND and PS(FTC), Manipur sentenced Md. Sahabuddin who was convicted for offence of drug smuggling along Imphal to Jiribam highway, for 13 years rigorous imprisonment with a fine Rs. 1,30,000 under section 21 (c) of ND and PS Act 1985 and also 7 years of rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs. 70,000 under section 22(b) of ND and PS Act, 1985.
The court made clear that the sentence for all the offence shall run concurrently and observed that the convict should pay an amount of Rs. 2,00,000 as fine within a period of 4 months from today, failing which another period of two years together simple imprisonment shall be served.
It was observed that as per records, convict was in judicial custody for 11 months and 15 days altogether, the period will set off against the sentence of imprisonment under section 428 Cr.PC.
On today’s sentence hearing, the special public pros cuter submitted to give maximum period of sentence and maximum fine and to pass the sentence order consecutively for the distinct two offences.
On the other hand, the defence counsel submitted to give minimum period of sentence and minimum fine to the convict since this was the convict’s first offence committed, and he was never involved in other case. It was also submitted that he is a married person having family members and he is sole bread earner of the family.
A question rose whether the imprisonment for the distinct two offences shall run concurrently or consecutively. The fact what the convict was 40 years of age at the time of committing the offences was observed.
The seizures of 8.630kgs of SP capsules which contained 653.25 grams of Dextropropoxyphene of commercial quantity and seizures of 19000 pieces of N-10 tablets which contained 190 grams of Nitrazepam of intermediate quantity from the possession of the convict, and the use of his car while committing the crime were also considered at the time of sentencing .
It was observed that the seizures of such huge quantity of drugs from the unauthorized possession of the convict is also serious one which harms the society and also using of his Hundai I-10 car is also offence which was done intentionally and consciously.
The court referring to previous judgment of Punjab, concluded to sentence concurrently and sentenced for 13 years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs. 1,30,000.
It may be mentioned that Md. Sahabuddin along with his wife were charged of transporting drugs item along the Imphal to Jiribam road on January 20, 2017 and were arrested by a team of 8th AR at Permanent Vehicle check post Noney along with 19,000 tablets of Nitrosen-10 and 10,050 SP tablets while coming towards Imphal from Binakandi in Hyundai i10 car. His wife has been acquitted from the case.
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