Thane: A 52-year-old resident of Goa, who was allegedly caught consuming drugs at a rave party in 2006, has been acquitted by a local court as the prosecution failed to prove its case.
Special NDPS Judge R D Sawant acquitted Sadruddin Gulam Hussain Kara on Wednesday from charges under Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act by giving him the benefit of doubt.
The court pulled up Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which had conducted the raid at the rave party on September 23, 2006, for not following the provisions of NDPS Act while conducting the raid.
The prosecution told the court that on the same day ATS officials received information about a rave party going on at Golkonda in Gorai area of Bhayander in Thane district.
Accordingly, a raid was conducted and it was found that many persons were present at the rave party. One of them was Sadruddin, who was found to be consuming `Charas` and hence he was arrested under various sections of NDPS Act.
The court noted that procedures were not followed for conducting the raid. For instance, senior police inspector Khaire, who had received information about the rave party on phone while he was in office, had not noted down the details in the station diary, as required under the Act.
Hence, there was no record to show that he had received information.
"Further, Khaire communicated the information to his senior on telephone as there was nothing on record to show this. It also appears that his superiors gave permission to conduct the raid verbally on telephone as written permission was not sought as required under the Act," the judge noted.