Punjab Home Secretary Gurkeerat Kirpal Singh and Director General of Police Gaurav Yadav appeared in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday in the drug trial case. Taking serious note of this, the High Court has expressed displeasure at the non-follow-up by the police Punjab Government and Punjab Police have also been reprimanded in front of DGP Gaurav Yadav.
Reprimanding the Punjab Police, the High Court said – we are constantly seeing that the Punjab government is not taking any action on the issue of drugs. It seems that Punjab Police may be in collusion with drug traffickers.
Along with this, the High Court says that the Punjab government and the police seem to have failed completely. After the DGP apologized, the court ordered immediate action. He also assured that the Punjab Police will do something.
#WATCH | Punjab Home Secretary Gurkirat Kirpal Singh and Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav arrive at Punjab and Haryana High Court to appear in connection with a drug trial case. pic.twitter.com/qnI9vhVPfo
— ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2023
Questions raised on non-appearance of witnesses
After this fact came to light, the High Court’s judgment on the attitude of the police is looking tough. The High Court said that now it has become a trend in Punjab that government officials do not come to testify. When the SSP is called, the court is assured that this will not happen in future. The Court is saddened to see that the assurance is futile and perhaps given only to please us.
In these circumstances, when drugs in this part of the country are having a deadly effect on the society, especially the youth, this court will no longer remain a silent spectator. In such a situation, the High Court has now ordered the Home Secretary of Punjab, DGP and SSP of Muktsar Sahib to appear themselves at the next hearing.
This is the case
While filing the petition, Arshdeep Singh said that an NDPS case was registered against him on September 1, 2020 and he was arrested. In this case, the challan was presented on February 24, 2021 and the charges were framed on August 18, 2021. The petitioner said that he is in police custody since the day of his arrest and the trial is still pending. There are 20 witnesses in the case and all are government officials, yet only one has testified so far.