13 Kilograms of Charas / The Revival of Ray LII

On 18.06.2001, the Intelligence Officer in the Narcotics Control Bureau, Chandigarh was proceeding to Theog from Shimla. He was travelling along with other Officials. In transit, they stopped near Nangala Devi Temple. When they ordered meals and tea and were waiting for the food to be served, the Intelligence Officer could smell the odour of charas.

The Trial Court found it unbelievable, any person would keep such a huge quantity in open condition. The view was not at all possible, having regard to the evidence on record. ASG, Sri Aman Lekhi placed reliance on Damodarprasad Chandrikaprasad v. State of Maharashtra, (1972) 1 SCC 107 to support his contention, Appellate Courts have full powers to review the evidence upon which acquittal is found. Damodarprasad Chandrikaprasad supports the case. Jeet Ram not only had direct physical control over charas, he also had the knowledge of its presence and character.”

Hon’ble Justice R. Subhash Reddy, Jeet Ram v. The Narcotics Control Bureau, Chandigarh, [Criminal Appeal No. 688 of 2013].