SC upholds acquittal of 7 allegedly smuggling arms from Pak

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New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) The Supreme Court has upheld the acquittal of seven persons booked under TADA by Jaisalmer police in Rajasthan for alleged smuggling of arms and ammunition from Pakistan to Punjab for using the same for the formation of Khalistan.

A bench comprising Justices S B Sinha and Harjit Singh Bedi dismissed the appeal of the state of Rajasthan against TADA court judgement dated December 2, 2000 aquitting all the accused for want of evidence. Main accused Ajit Singh alias Jeeta and Abdul Aziz were arrested on August 14, 1991 at Pakistan-Jaisalmer border after their jonga jeep was intercepted by the police.

The other accused are Noordeen, Mehardeen, Nihal, Sumar and Rasool.

The apex court in its judgement noted ''We reiterate that there is not even a suggestion in the evidence that the money that had been allegedly handed over to some of the accused, was payment for the jonga or the camels used for smuggling arms from Pakistan to be used in Punjab. We found that this provision would be applicable only if it is proved that the arms and ammunitions recovered from the accused had been used in the manner laid down in Sec 3. We, on the contrary, have found that there is no evidence to show a recovery of weapons or that any of the accused (other than ajit singh) had any knowledge as to the ultimate destination and use of the weapons that had been brought in.'' Ajit Singh was, however, sentenced to six months simple imprisonment for the offence under the passport rules, 1950 by the trial court.

UNI

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