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Section 27A of the NDPS Act

the Tripura High Court, in a significant verdict, discovered an oversight in drafting the 2014 amendments to the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.

What is Section 27A?

  • The NDPS had unintentionally rendered a key provision of the Act, Section 27A which provides for punishment of those financing illicit trafficking, inoperable.
  • This section has been consistently evoked since a year after the alleged suicide of a notable Bollywood actor after drugs intoxication.

What is the provision?

  • The NDPS Act, 1985 is the principal legislation through which the state regulates the operations of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
  • It provides a stringent framework for punishing offenses related to illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances through imprisonments and forfeiture of property.
  • Section 27A of the NDPS Act, 1985, prescribes the punishment for financing illicit traffic and harboring offenders.
  • The court may, for reasons to be recorded in the judgment, impose a fine exceeding two lakh rupees.”
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