Mangaluru: Law experts slam probe agency over handling of drug cases involving doctors, medicos

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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (DV)

Mangaluru, Jan 24: After the medicos and students of private medical colleges were arrested in alleged drug abuse cases, Manoraj Rajeeva (immediate past district government pleader), advocate and vice president of Mangaluru Bar Association alleged that the investigation agency in the case have failed to investigate the case in the right manner.

He was addressing a press meet at the press club here on Tuesday, January 24.

He said, “We are not in favour of the drug peddlers or consumers. Have the law enforcing agency applied their mind in the right way while registering the case and sending the accused behind the bars? Has the probe been conducted in the right spirit and fairly? Have the law-enforcing agency exercised their duty judiciously?

“We are happy that the law enforcement agencies are dealing the drug peddling cases strictly. But we are speaking about drug addicts. Section 64A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), 1985, provides for immunity from prosecution to addicts volunteering for treatment. When they (consumers) are willing to go to rehabilitation centers, there is no need to send them to judicial custody. Why has the law-forcing agency not taken this step when there is provision under the ambit of the law?

“Can you treat drug addicts in the same manner the drug peddlers are treated? The arrest and sending them to judicial custody will deter their morale. The investigation has sent a wrong message to the society. In the case of drug consumers, the investigation agency has failed to use the provision of Section 64A of the NDPS Act, instead they were arrested and sent to judicial custody. Even the photographs of the accused are being circulated to the media. Will that not tarnish and malign the image of a person? The reputation of the family is being maligned. We are bringing a bad name to Brand Mangaluru. This city is the hub of educational institutions and temples. There are a lot of educational institutions. Is this not denting the image of medical institutions?

“The law enforcement authority should hold the probe in the right manner, and not in a shabby way,” he said.

He also said that the high court should take suo motu case in this regard or the central agencies like CBI should investigate the case. “In this regard, we will move a petition at the high court. Senior IPS officers should have intervened in the case,” he said.

He also questioned why the local MP and MLAs are silent on the issue.

Professor and forensic expert Dr Mahabalesh Shetty said, “Screening will just tell you if it is positive, but not confirmatory. To confirm, the samples should be to FSL, CFL within 24 hours. When there is a provision to send the consumers to the rehabilitation center, they have been sent to judicial custody. Forensic experts should reveal the confirmation. The police department officials arrested the drug consumers. Why was the identity of the accused revealed?”

He also said that sometimes passive smoking will give a positive result in screen tests. Only the confirmative tests will give correct results, he said.






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  • Ibrahim, Shimoga/Doha

    Sat, Jan 28 2023

    Sad to see the Mangalore becoming a communal, intolerant and drug mafia city. Bring back the old mangalore where people from other parts of the country used to send their kids to learn here.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    Before becoming a drug addict or peddler did not the accused know that if caught that their image would be tarnished or maligned. Family should not fund them lavishly, they should know that lot of money in hand would lead a person on the wrong path. Thank God we do not have law like Kingdom of Saudi Arabia death would be the final verdict if you are a peddler or addict. The loopholes in Indian law and such people who fight for the accused in the above cases are also responsible or supportive in flourishing this business. Finally good job by the police.

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    Here problem is accused are rich and non-Muslims otherwise no such press conference heard . For these crocodiles reputation is more important than health of society. If you raid their homes will know how much money transferred by institutions.

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  • Shetty, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    Why always Muslim & Non Muslim? Did you read the news fully? Its is Amar Akbar Anthony group. So please do not get Politics & Religion as you like. Yes both Peddlers and consumers should be treated the same way coz these consumers are not Naive. At the same time whatever this Advocate is telling is also correct. These students are the future doctors and if they want to reform and there is a provision in our law then why are they deprived of this?

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Tue, Jan 24 2023

    Where do these legal professionals hide when the same treatment is given to other drug pedlars and users who are not medicos or lawyers? Does the Law have different scales or standards to the ordinary people who are suspects?

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  • Ramnaresh Gowda, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    Give one instance where mere cannabis consumers have been arrested and treated in the way doctors and students have been treated. Putting false allegations of peddling is not a joke.

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  • Harish, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 25 2023

    Mr.Manoj prabhu, These Guys are trying to save college name & repution May be college only have appointed them to make a press meet . Drug peddler or a consumer both are are wrong Where are these Guys when rape happens?? That time they don't come to speak about law

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