Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 26
Spurious liquor, being sold to consumers, is hazardous to public health, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asserted while accentuating the need for unearthing the entire racket. Justice Anil Kshetarpal also made it clear that the Bench was disinclined to grant the concession of pre-arrest bail to an accused in a case alleging preparation of spurious liquor.
The matter came up after Ramesh Kumar filed a petition against the Haryana Government for pre-arrest bail in an FIR registered on June 28 under the provisions of the Punjab Excise Act, the Copyright Act and for cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and other offences at Pehowa police station in Kurukshetra. The prosecution had claimed that fake liquor was being manufactured at an illegal bottling plant.
Appearing before the Bench through videoconferencing, the petitioner’s counsel had contended that he was sought to be indicted as an accused on the statement of another person, which was not admissible in evidence. He said the petitioner and the other person were business rivals.
The state counsel pointed out that the other person was in constant touch with the petitioner and the prosecution had collected the call details record in this regard.