An Alcoholic of Sound Mind Cannot Be Detained in De-addiction Centre: ALL HC

The Allahabad High Court has held that if an alcoholic person is in sound mind, he cannot forcibly sent to de-addiction center against his will. 

The court has freed the petitioner from the de-addiction centre and allowed him to go wherever he wants. 

Simultaneously, SSP Meerut has been directed to take legal action against

the Drug Addiction and Rehabilitation Center Muzaffarnagar or who forcibly admitting persons to the centre.

This order has been given by Hon’ble Justice JJ Munir while accepting a habeas corpus petition. 

According to the facts of the case, the Petitioner was admitted to a de-addiction centre. 

A petition for his release was filed, terming it as illegal detention. 

Hearing the petition, the court directed the authorities to produce the Petitioner.

SI Kapil Kumar produced Petitioner from the drug de-addiction centre Muzaffarnagar. 

29-year-old Ankur Kumar told the court that he had been forcibly admitted by his maternal uncle.

They forcibly admitted him to the drug addiction centre against his will. 

While the other side said that the mother has admitted, not the maternal uncle. 

Allahabad High Court has observed that If a person is an alcoholic but otherwise of sound mind,

then nobody has any authority to forcibly admit him to De Addiction and Rehabilitation Centre against his wish.

The court held: Petitioner’s detention is, therefore, found to be absolutely illegal. 

Warning: “Consumption of alcohol is injurious to health”

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