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Man caught with contraband gets 10 years jail term

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Additional Sessions Judge Anju Bajaj Chandna sentenced Bihar native Shambhu Nath Yadav, holding him guilty under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

"The convict stands convicted for the offence punishable under section 20 of the NDPS Act for having been found in conscious possession of commercial quantity (07 kg 500 grams) of charas," the court said.

Owing to Yadav's "old age and clean antecedents," the court sentenced him to minimum jail term for the offence.

"Keeping in view his age and clean antecedents, I sentence the convict to rigorous imprisonment for ten years," the court said and also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on him.

The police sleuths had arrested Yadav in July 2011 at Kashmiri Gate ISBT here, after he was suspected of carrying some contraband in his bag.

The counsel for Yadav had sought leniency on the ground that he is the sole bread winner of his family consisting of his wife and five unmarried children.

During the trial, Yadav's counsel had argued that he was falsely implicated in the case as he was intercepted by the police at ISBT and was brought to the office and contraband was planted on him.

Brushing aside the defence counsel submissions, the court said, "There is nothing on record to suggest that accused has been falsely implicated. It also seems improbable that police was able to plant such a huge quantity of contraband upon him,"


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