Court acquits 2 women in drugs possession case, pulls up cops

A Delhi court today acquitted two women of the charges of possessing huge quantity of drugs and pulled up the police for its shoddy investigation, which it said "frustrated the entire purpose of trial".

New Delhi: A Delhi court today acquitted two
women of the charges of possessing huge quantity of drugs and
pulled up the police for its shoddy investigation, which it
said "frustrated the entire purpose of trial".

"The way police witnesses have deposed and the kind of
glaring inconsistencies which have come on record on the
aspect of sealing, possession and deposition of the case
properly is nothing less than blunders in the investigation of
the case involving huge recovery of 20 kg charas," NDPS
Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann said.

It rapped the prosecution for not being able to explain
the sequence of events that led to the arrest of the accused
and termed it as the story of "Alice in Wonderland."

"The prosecution story on the aspect of custody of the
case properly from the time of its recovery till its
deposition in the malkhana is no less than the story of Alice
in Wonderland. Entire purpose of the trial has been
frustrated," the court observed.

The court pronounced the verdict in the case in which
two accused-- Rewati Mangal and Saraswati Rana, were
chargesheeted for allegedly possessing 20 kgs of charas.

They were arrested on August 27, 2008 from Majnu Ka Tilla
in North Delhi by a police team.

The accused did not have to labour hard to defend
themselves as "the chain of sequence in this regard has
remained a big unsolved and unexplained mystery," the court
said.

"The defence did not have to do much to bail out the
accused from the charges in this case as the prosecution has
done this job in a role reversal," the court said.

Further, it said the prosecution case has been demolished
by its own witnesses and its own documentary evidence.

"In view of the contradictions and the discrepancies...,
this court has no hesitation in holding that the prosecution
has miserably failed to prove its case. Both the accused
deserve to be acquitted of the charges," the court said.

PTI

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