|EARLY TIMES REPORT|
JAMMU, Feb 18: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Atharv Mahajan, a student of law seeking initiation of a special drive by J&K police in the entire state for checking the growing menace of drugs amongst youths and regarding Low conviction in NDPS Case, the Division Bench of J&K High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal took serious note for not complying with the directions of the Court and directed Special Secretary, Home Department J&K to remain present on next date of hearing.
When the PIL came-up for hearing, DB observed that that the directions of this Court with regard to Leh and Ladakh regions made by an order dated 18th April, 2018 has not been complied with. DB directed that copy of that be sent to the Chief Secretary, UT of Ladakh to ensure compliance and report. DB further directed Chief Secretary, UT of Ladakh shall also ensure that the UT is properly represented before the court the next date of hearing.
DB also directed Principal District & Sessions Judges send a report to this Court regarding registration of cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, wherein challans have been filed without enclosing report from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) since 2018 till date.
It is worthwhile to mention here that, Division Bench on April, 2018 directed the Principal Secretary to Government, Home Department, J&K, to file a status report indicating whether there is any Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) specifically meant for Jammu, Srinagar and Ladakh Province for Narcotics and if not, what are the steps taken to establish the same. JNF