Verdict on NDPS case against IPS officer expected today

The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) case against the former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director and IPS officer Saji Mohan has been listed for December 11.

Two cases are being heard against the IPS officer, Saji Mohan. One of the cases pertains to the alleged pilfering of heroin from the storeroom of NCB headquarters in August 2009 by Saji Mohan.

Another case of alleged corruption was registered against him by the UT police for embezzlement of Rs 13.81 lakhs from the NCB headquarters.

The final arguments of the NDPS case against Saji Mohan had concluded earlier and the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Shalini Nagpal, has listed the case for today, December 11 for its fate to be decided.

The Special Public Prosecutor for the Narcotics Control Bureau, Kailash Chander, said, "Hopefully a verdict will be passed in the NDPS case against Saji Mohan on Tuesday. However, the arguments for the corruption case will take a little more time to be concluded".

Saji Mohan, an 1995-batch IPS officer, was arrested by the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), Mumbai in January 2009 when he was caught with 12 kilograms of heroin.

This led to investigations in the NCB, Chandigarh which led to the revelation that the during Saji MOhan's tenure as the NCB director in Chandigarh, he used to mix slaked lime in drugs keeping the "pure" ones for his personal gain.

After further investigations at the NCB headquarters, Sector 2, Chandigarh, it was also established that Mohan had embezzled Rs 13.81 lakhs by taking the money from the seizure room in-charge, Balwinder Singh, to deposit it in the State Bank of India.

In March 2009, the NCB registered another case of pilfering with heroin ceased by NCB and Saji Mohan and four others were arrested in August 2009. All the five accused were booked on charges of pilfering heroin from nearly 13 unclaimed seizures from the storehouse of NCB headquarters in Sector 2.

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