CHENNAI: In a landmark judgement by the Special Judge of the Additional Special Court two narcotic smugglers including a Sri Lankan national were sentenced to undergo imprisonment for a period of 14 years and pay Rs.1.4 lakhs as fine.
During July 2012, Sri Krishnan and Srichaval, were arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials in Chennai for smuggling 3.735 kg of heroin along with foreign currency concealed in churidhar materials from a textile shop at Mannady, Chennai.
Both the accused had reportedly used various fake names and ids to smuggle narcotics across international borders.
The case was taken up for hearing on Friday (January 29, 2016) by the Special Judge of the Additional Special Court setup under National Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS).
The judge considering the gravity of the offence committed against the society at large by smuggling narcotics, ordered that both the accused are sentenced to undergo 14 years rigorous imprisonment and to pay a fine of Rs.1.4 lakhs and if they failed to pay the penalty the imprisonment would be extended one year further.