IPS officer convicted for pilfering drugs
here Friday convicted an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who
was arrested with 12 kg heroin in January 2009 in Mumbai.
Saji Mohan, a 1995 cadre IPS officer, was convicted for pilfering
Chandigarh: A court
here Monday sentenced a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer
and his aide to 13 years in jail in a case of pilfering seized
The IPS officer, Saji Mohan, 44, who was arrested with 12 kg
heroin in January 2009 in Mumbai's Oshiwara suburb, was also
slapped a fine of Rs.3 lakh by the court.
A 1995 cadre IPS officer and a former Narcotics Control Bureau
(NCB) zonal director in Chandigarh, Saji Mohan was accused of
pilfering contraband, seized from various places in Punjab and
Jammu, with the help of his subordinate Balwinder Singh during his
tenure in the region.
Balwinder Kumar, a constable with the NCB here and in-charge of
the store, was also sentenced to 13 years' rigorous imprisonment
and a fine of Rs.3 lakh.
The duo were booked by Chandigarh police in March 2009, subsequent
to Saji's arrest by the Mumbai police January that year.
Two others, constable Naveen Kumar, Saji Mohan's official security
guard, and a farmer from Jammu and Kashmir, Nasib Chand, were also
sentenced by the court of additional district and sessions judge
While Nasib Chand was awarded 10 years' imprisonment and a fine of
Rs.3 lakh, Naveen was sentenced to six months' imprisonment.
All were booked under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic
Substances (NDPS) Act.
The judgement came nearly four years after they were booked.
Saji Mohan has also been booked in another corruption case by
Chandigarh police for embezzling Rs.13.81 lakh.