Hyderabad Drugs Case: High Court Asks Excise Department To Explain Its Powers And Limitations

The Hyderabad High Court gave a weeka��s time for the excise department to explain if they are competent to handle a case having broader ramifications.

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court sought a response from Excise Department with regard to their competence and limitations to investigate the drugs case.

Telangana Telugu Desam leader Revanth Reddy filed a petition in the High Court seeking an order from the court to handover the investigation to Central agencies.

Reddy argued in his plea that Excise Department was not fully competent to investigate a case that has interstate and international ramifications.

The court heard the caseA�on Tuesday. Rachana Reddy, who represented Revanth, argued that the SIT investigation was not satisfactory. Though the Excise Department has the power to control drugs and narcotics, nowhere in other states or countries did the department prosecute the accused, she argued.

Meanwhile, Sarath, counsel representing the Excise Department, submitted to the court that the department has the power to investigate under NDPS Act.

The court, which heard the arguments of both the parties, directed the Excise Department to file an answer explaining according to which act does the SIT has the power to investigate and to what extent. The court deferred the hearing toA�next Tuesday.

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