In a big relief to a man awarded 30 years in jail by a Mauritius court for possession of drugs, the Bombay High Court has ordered his release after observing that he can only be sentenced to 10 years as he possessed small quantity of the contraband.
A Division Bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel was hearing a petition filed by Prem Kishor Raj who was arrested in May 1996 by Mauritius police for possessing drugs.
Raj was found guilty for possession of 371.3 gm of heroin and sentenced to 30 years in jail which was later reduced to 23 years. As per the agreement between India and Mauritius, Raj was repatriated to India in 2008. However, his repatriation documents showed that he was convicted on January 1, 1999.
He filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking that he should be given relief as per the Indian law and released early. The agreement between the two nations permits the convict to take benefit of the law prevailing in the parent country.