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Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985

 64A. Immunity from prosecution to addicts volunteering for treatment.

            Any addict, who is not charged with any offence punishable under sections 15 to 25 (both inclusive) or section 27A, who voluntarily seeks to undergo medical treatment for de-toxification or de-addiction from a hospital or an institution maintained or recognised by the Government or a local authority and undergoes such treatment shall not be liable to prosecution under section 27 once in his lifetime:

            Provided that the said immunity from prosecution may be withdrawn if the addict does not undergo the complete treatment for detoxification or de-addiction.

65. Presumption as to documents in certain cases, where any document

            (i)  is produced or furnished by any person or has been seized from the custody or control of any person, in either case, under this Act or under any other law, or

            (ii)  has been received from any place outside India (duly authenticated by such authority or person and in such manner as may be prescribed by the Central Government) in the course of investigation of any offence under this Act alleged to have been committed by a person, and such document is tendered in any prosecution under this Act in evidence against him, or against him and any other person who is tried jointly with him, the court shall –

               (a)  presume, unless the contrary is proved, that the signature and every other part of such document which purports to be in the handwriting of any particular person or which the court may reasonably assume to have been signed by, or to be in the handwriting of, any particular person, is in that person#$#s handwriting; and in the case of a document executed or attested, that it was executed or attested by the person by whom it purports to have been so executed or attested;

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1.   Ins. by Act 2 of 1989, s. 17 (w.e.f. 29-5-1989).

2.   Omitted by s. 18, ibid. (w.e.f. 29-5-1989).

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                (b) admit the document in evidence, notwithstanding that it is not duly stamped, if such document is otherwise admissible in evidence;

                (c)  examine any person acquainted with the facts and circumcontrary is proved, the  truth of  the contents of such document.

66.  Power to call for information.

           Any officer referred to in section 42 who is authorised in this behalf by the Central Government or a State Government may, during the course of any enquiry in connection with the contravention of any provision of this Act –

            (a)  call  for information from any person for the purpose of satisfying himself  whether there has been any contravention of the provisions of this Act or any rule or order made thereunder;

            (b)  require any person to produce or deliver any document or thing useful or relevant to the enquiry;

            (c)   examine any person acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case.

67.  Information as to commission of offences.

            No officer acting in exercise of powers vested in him under any provision of this Act or any rule or order made thereunder shall be compelled to say whence he got any information as to the commission of any offence. 

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