Former Chandigarh Narcotics Bureau Director Saji Mohan appears in court

Charges framed against him and four others for heroin pilferage; trial to begin on November 16

Former Chandigarh Narcotics Bureau (NCB) Director Saji Mohan appeared in the district courts today where charges were framed against him and four others in a case of heroin pilferage registered by the NCB in March 2009. The 1995 batch IPS officer was brought to the city on production warrants from Arthur Jail, Mumbai.

The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Lalit Batra framed charges against Saji Mohan, NCB Superintendent Balwinder Kumar, J&K police constables Davinder Pal Singh and Naveen Kumar, and drug peddler Naseeb Chand under Sections 8, 21, 29, 32-B, 59 (1) and 59 2 (b) of the NDPS Act, 1985. The next date of hearing of the case is November 16, when the trial will begin.

As per the case, Saji Mohan along with four others were booked for pilfering heroin from around 13 unclaimed seizures, which were in the storeroom of the NCB headquarters in Sector 2, in August 2009. The ATS Mumbai had first booked the 1995 batch IPS officer in January 2009 when he was caught with 12 kg of heroin following which the NCB Chandigarh had begun investigations which revealed that Saji Mohan, during his tenure as NCB director here, mixed slaked lime in the drugs, keeping aside the 'pure' for his personal gain.

Mohan pilfered and manipulated the contraband seized from various places in Punjab and Jammu. Slaked lime was added to the contraband to enhance its quantity. The subordinate staff was aware of the pilferage and cash seized from the spot was distributed among the residing staff. 10 kg of the heroin was handed over to Naseeb Chand, an alleged drug smuggler of Jammu. The NCB has also stated that then NCB superintendent Balwinder Kumar used to actively help Saji Mohan in mixing slaked lime with heroin. He was arrested on the basis of the disclosure statements of constables Davinder Pal Singh and Naveen Kumar.

Attached with Saji Mohan as PSO, Davinder Pal Singh disclosed that he siphoned off 30 kg of heroin packed in 30 separate packets which were kept in a red wooden box. This box was put in the dickey of Saji Mohan's car in Jammu. Naveen Kumar, a constable with the J&K Police and attached with Saji Mohan as PSO, disclosed that Mohan gave him Rs 10,000 when he was going to Cochin in December 2008. They visited Mumbai where Saji handed over a bag to a person in a red car. He, along with Balwinder, mixed lime in heroin and handed over the siphoned heroin to Saji Mohan.

As per the case, drug peddler Naseeb Chand, who formerly worked as an informer with the BSF, Customs, Central and Excise and other government agencies, was offered Rs 50,000 per kg for sale of heroin in the open market by Mohan and was given Rs 1,000 as daily expenses.

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