High court refuses to release lorry used to smuggle PDS rice

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High court refuses to release lorry used to smuggle PDS rice

Kaushik Kannan | TNN | May 18, 2020, 04:42 IST

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Madurai: The Madras high court dismissed the plea to release a lorry that was seized while smuggling PDS rice, observing that every grain of rice is important when there is a shortage during extraordinary situation such as Covid-19 pandemic.

The petitioner, M Ramar, moved the court seeking to release the lorry which was seized by Thiruparankundram police on April 23. The petitioner, who is a transport contractor, submitted that had entered an agreement with the Thiruparankundram Co-operative Credit Society to transport essential commodities from the godown at Thoppur to 19 fair price shops functioning under the society. He submitted that a memo was issued granting permission for transportation of commodities, however, the vehicle was seized along with 15kg of PDS rice. He stated that the driver had taken the rice from ration card holders without his knowledge and was ready to contest the criminal case, and sought to release the lorry on conditions.

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