Staff Reporter

Amendments to Act come to her rescue

Kozhikode: The District Additional Sessions Court sentenced a woman on Monday to rigorous imprisonment for six months for possessing drugs in a case registered here 10 years ago.

However, the judge, A.M. Babu, asked the jail authorities to set Bushra, 34, free, as she had undergone confinement as a remand prisoner for the period of sentence.

The first and second accused, also women, in the case had been earlier sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. They have been lodged at the Kannur Central Jail.

Bushra was the third accused in the case and was charged with keeping in possession brown sugar weighing less than 5 g. She was also acquitted of other charges in the case.

The recent amendments made to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act had helped Bushra, hailing from Bangladesh Colony at West Hill, to get a softer sentence.

The Kasaba police arrested M.K. Vasanthi, 42, Subaida, 42, also from Bangladesh Colony, and Bushra at the Palayam bus station in January 1996. The police team recovered 7.75 g of brown sugar from Vasanthi and 4.75 g each from Subaida and Bushra.

During the course of the trial, Bushra was released on parole. However, she went absconding. The court, on July 27, 1998, sentenced Vasanthi and Subaida.

Bushra was arrested in December 2005. Her trial started after her arrest. The amendments to the Act gave relaxation to the accused since she was in possession of drugs weighing less than 5 g.