Four convicted for possessing drugs, one may get death penalty
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 00:33
Mumbai: A special NDPS court today convicted four persons for allegedly possessing narcotics with an intention to sell it.

While three of the convicted accused were sentenced to ten years imprisonment, the fourth accused Shabbir Shaikh, who was earlier convicted on similar charges in a different case, now faces the capital punishment.

According to the provisions of the NDPS Act, a person found guilty twice under the act, is liable for death penalty.

"We would have to present our arguments before the special NDPS court for enhancement of punishment. Under section 31 (A) of the NDPS Act, the accused now faces the possibility of capital punishment," special public prosecutor S K Menon said.

The four accused - Shabbir Shaikh, Mohammad Yunus Shaikh, Suresh Pandey and Pratap Gawanekar - were arrested on August 20, 2005 from an apartment in suburban Malad by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).

The NCB seized 4.5 kg of Mandrax tablets and 65 kg of other narcotic powder. It was alleged tat the accused used to manufacture the contraband and then bring it to the city for selling.

The prosecution examined 25 witnesses to prove their case. According to the prosecution, Shabbir was arrested in 1992 for allegedly possessing drugs. He was convicted in 1997 and released in 2004 after serving the term.


First Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 00:33

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