Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 13
More than three years after proceedings within the Punjab drugs case got here to a digital standstill, the matter got here up for efficient hearing this afternoon with the Punjab and Haryana High Court making clear its intent to come back out with a timeline for hearing the problems, together with opening of the particular process power report and extradition of the accused.
The Bench of Justice Augustine George Masih and Justice Ashok Kumar Verma additionally fastened the case for Thursday — the final working day before it closes down for the Dussehra break.
As the case got here for hearing for the primary time before it, the Bench took up a synopsis, highlighting 13 factors, submitted by advocate Navkiran Singh. The synopsis, summing up the proceedings ever for the reason that High Court took suo motu cognisance of the matter means again in September 2013, was submitted by Navkiran Singh on the earlier date of hearing within the matter underscoring drug menace in Punjab and requesting for judicial scrutiny.
Navkiran Singh, amongst different issues, additionally known as for the opening of stories submitted within the matter. One of the stories submitted in a sealed cowl by the Punjab authorities was gone by by the Bench in May, 2018, before it was re-sealed.
Punjab Advocate-General APS Deol and senior advocate Anupam Gupta additionally aired related views. The growth comes at a time when the problem has attained political proportions, notably with Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu repeatedly tweeting relating to the opening of the STF report “on multi-crore drug racket”.
The suo motu case got here up for hearing on an everyday foundation until March final 12 months, however got here to a standstill after the High Court went into restrictive functioning mode following Covid outbreak, compelling advocate Navkiran Singh to file an software for advancing the date of hearing within the case. Taking up his plea, the hearing was superior by virtually a month.
Appearing on the behalf of Lawyers for Human Rights International, counsel Navkiran Singh additionally prayed that the Bench “might open” a report mendacity in a sealed cowl within the case. He had contended the matter associated to drug mafia working in Punjab and was having worldwide tentacles. It was required to be handled on an pressing foundation as it affected the lives of the Punjabi youth.
“The sealed stories, which have been filed by Niranjan Singh, (the then) Deputy Director, Enforcement Directorate, and the Special Task Force, in addition to the State of Punjab, have to be opened and regarded by this Court Navkiran submitted.