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Opium row: Court decision against Jaswant Singh on Nov 5

A special court here today reserved its verdict whether investigation should be conducted into a complaint filed against senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh that opium was allegedly served at a function he had organized on Monday.

Jodhpur, Nov 03: A special court here today reserved
its verdict whether investigation should be conducted into a
complaint filed against senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh that
opium was allegedly served at a function he had organized on
Monday.

The court concluded the initial hearing of the
application and put the matter for decision whether case is
fit for investigation under Section 156/3 of CrPC or not after
hearing the arguments of the counsel for the complainant.

The complaint, filed under the Narcotic Drugs and
Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985, against the former
External Affairs Minister and nine other BJP leaders was filed
on Friday for allegedly using opium and provoke others
publicly during a social function hosted by Singh at his
ancestral village Jasol in Barmer district of Rajasthan.

Malam Singh Choudhary, counsel for the complainant Om
Prakash Vishnoi, said it was contended before the court
that on October 31, Singh hosted a social function and he
brought opium illegally and prepared its dose and served to
nine other people publicly.

"Since all the ten accused are associated with the
supreme institution of legislature that makes the laws, this
conduct is inglorious. People do follow the leaders. On one
hand, the act restricts taking opium publicly and its
glorification in social functions and on the other these
public representatives crossed all legal as well as ethical
limits", Choudhary told the court.

It was also contended before the court that it is a rare
case in which public representative and law makers performed
the role of "law breakers" publicly and the court, therefore,
may send this case to police station for registering the case
and making investigation.

The complainant also named member of Parliament Raghuveer
Singh Kaushal, Kailash Megwal, former president of BJP
Rajasthan L K Chaturvedi, cabinet ministers of Rajasthan
Narpat Singh Razvi, Ghanshyam Tiwadi, Madan Dilavar and MP
Jain along with two MLAs Jogeshwar Garg and Shankar Singh
Rajpurohit besides Jaswant Singh.

Bureau Report

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