Drug Haul Case: Lhukhosei Zou sent to judicial custody after he surrendered in court

The Special Court (ND&PS) released Lhukhosei Zou on May 21 on medical grounds. After completion of his surgery, the alleged drug kingpin surrendered before the court.

Special Court (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985), Manipur, remanded alleged drug kingpin Lhukhosei Zou into judicial custody after he surrendered before the court on Friday.

The court released him on medical grounds on May 21. After completion of his surgery, he surrendered before the court.

The Special Court (ND&PS) had dispensed his appearance in the main case in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and as per guidelines of the High Court of Manipur. Since the accused person is in the courtroom, he was handed over to the custody of a special Public Prosecutor (PP) to take necessary steps for escorting the accused to the jail.

The court heard the submissions of the accused and his counsel. After being released on interim bail, Lhukhosei Zou was admitted at the Christian Hospital, Imphal as an outpatient and after an examination of his health condition and following the doctor’s advice, he was admitted to the hospital on June 2. After conducting Cholecystectomy on June 4, Zou was discharged on June 8 from the hospital with an advice for check-up on June 13 and completed bed rest for a month.

However, a special Public Prosecutor (PP) submitted that the check-up and bed rest of the accused person may be taken care of by jail authorities as there are medical officers available in the jail complex.

After the perusal of the submission, the court inclined to remand the accused person into judicial custody as further examination of interim bail on medical grounds was not called for.

Lukhosei Zou, former ADC chairman, Chandel was arrested under the NDPS Act by a team of the Narcotics and Affairs of Border in June 2018 from his Langol Game Village residence with an incriminating 4.6 kilograms of Heroin powder and 2,80,200 numbers of WY tablets which is estimated to be worth around Rs 28 crore.
 
After a year into the trial, the drug lord jumped the bail and was pronounced a proclaimed offender. Subsequently, his bail bonds forfeited after he disappeared in 2019 from JNIMS hospital. He was hospitalized there for gall stones, high blood pressure and Hepatitis B treatment. After Zou disappeared from the hospital, nearly a year later, he surrendered to the ND&PS court claiming that he was abducted from the JNIMS hospital by a Kuki based underground group and taken to Myanmar.
First Published:June 12, 2020, 9:43 p.m.