UP Man Held With 350 Kg 'Ganja' Gets Bail From Allahabad HC

The NCB arrested the person booked him under the NDPS Act

Allahabad High Court has finally granted bail to an Ayodhya man, who was in jail since last January. The accused was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau after they found him in the possession of 350 kg of ganja.


The NCB arrested the person booked under the NDPS Act and the FIR was lodged at the NCB police station in the Ayodhya district.


A Lucknow bench of the HC granted the bail to Ayodhya resident named Kaleem. He was booked under the stringent provisions of the NDPS Act, ruling that he has a fit “case for bail” according to “the larger mandate of Article 21 of the Constitution of India”.


In the bail plea, the accused had said that the ganja was planted on him due to underlying motive and he was innocent.


"There was no compliance of the provisions of section 50 of NDPS Act which stipulates asking the accused if he wanted his search in presence of a magistrate," said the accused. He then promised to the court that if released on bail, he will not misuse the liberty of bail.


The NCB counsel opposing the bail plea said that there was no intention to plant such heavy contraband ganja on the accused.


"If the accused is released on bail, he would be involved in similar activities,” the NCB counsel added.


The bench, however, allowed the bail plea and said, "Considering the plea of bail in view of a Supreme Court ruling, the larger mandate of Article 21 of the Constitution of India, the nature of accusations, the nature of evidence in support thereof…., I am of the view that it is a fit case for grant of bail."


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