Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985 - Punishment for offence for which no punishment is provided

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32. Punishment for offence for which no punishment is provided.

     Whoever contravenes any provision of this Act or any rule or order made, or any condition of any licence, permit or authorisation issued thereunder for which no punishment is separately provided in this Chapter, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both.

32A. No suspension, remission or commutation in any sentence awarded under this Act.  Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), or any other law for the time being in force but subject to the provisions of section 33, no sentence awarded under this Act (other than section 27) shall be suspended or remitted or commuted.

33. Application of section 360 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and of the Probation of Offenders Act, 1958. Nothing contained in section 360 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974) or in the Probation  of Offenders  Act, 1958  (20 of 1958)  shall apply to a person convicted of an  offence under  this Act unless such person is under eighteen  years of age or that the offence for which such person is convicted is punishable under section 26 or section 27.

34. Security for abstaining from commission of offence.

      (1) Whenever any  person is  convicted of  an offence punishable under any provision of  Chapter IV  and the  court convicting  him is of opinion that it is necessary  to require such person to execute a bond for abstaining from the commission of any  offence under  this Act,  the court may,  at the  time of passing sentence on such person, order him to execute a bond for a sum proportionate to his means, with or without sureties,  for abstaining from commission of any offence under Chapter IV during such  period not exceeding three years as it thinks fit to fix.

      (2) The bond shall be in such form as may be prescribed by the Central Government and the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974),  shall, in so far as they are applicable, apply to  all matters connected with such bond as if it were a bond to keep the peace ordered to be executed under section 106 of that Code.

      (3) If the conviction is set aside on appeal or otherwise, the bond so executed shall become void.

      (4) An order under this section may also be made by an appellate court or by the High Court or Sessions Judge when exercising the powers of revision.

35. Presumption of culpable mental state.

   (1) In any prosecution for an offence under this Act which requires a culpable mental state of the accused, the court shall presume the existence of such mental state but it shall be a defence for the accused to prove the fact that he had no such mental state with respect to the act charged as an offence in that prosecution.

    Explanation.-In this section "culpable mental state" includes intention motive,  knowledge of  a fact  and belief  in, or  reason to believe, a fact.


1.   Ins. by Act 2 of 1989, s. 9 (w.e.f. 29-5-1989).

2.   Ins. by s. 10, ibid. (w.e.f. 29-5-1989).


    (2) For the purpose of this section, a fact is said to be proved only when the court believes it to exist beyond a reasonable doubt and not merely when its existence is  established by  a preponderance of probability.

1*[36. Constitution of Special Court.

       (1) The Government may, for the purpose of providing speedy trial of the offences under this Act, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute as many Specified in the notification.

       (2) A Special Court shall consist of a single Judge who shall be appointed by the Government with the concurrence of the Chief Justice of the High Court.

    Explanation.-- In this  sub-section, "High  Court" means the High Court of the State in which the Sessions Judge or the  Additional Sessions Judge of a Special Court was working immediately before his appointment as such Judge.

       (3) A person shall not be qualified for appointment as a Judge of a Special Court unless he is, immediately before such appointment, a Sessions Judge or an Additional Sessions Judge.

 36A. Offences tribal by Special Courts.

     (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974) –

          (a) all offences under this Act shall be tribal only be the Special Court constituted for the area in which  the offence has been committed or where there are more  Special Courts than  one for such area, by such one of them as may be specified in this behalf by the Government;

          (b) where a person accused of or suspected of the commission of an offence under this Act is forwarded to a Magistrate under sub-section (2A) of section 167 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 2 of 1974), such Magistrate may authorise the detention of such person in such custody as he thinks fit for a period not exceeding fifteen days in the whole where such Magistrate is a Judicial Magistrate and seven days in the whole where such Magistrate is an Executive Magistrate:

      Provided that where such Magistrate considers –

             (i)  when such person is forwarded to him as aforesaid; or

            (ii)  upon or  at  any  time  before  the expiry of  the period of detention authorised by him, that the detention  of such person is unnecessary, he shall order such person to  be forwarded to the Special Court having jurisdiction;

          (c) the Special Court may exercise, in relation to the person forwarded to it under clause (b), the same power which a Magistrate having jurisdiction to try a case may exercise under section 167 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), in relation to an accused person in such case who has been forwarded to him under that section;

          (d) a Special Court may, upon a perusal of  police report of the facts constituting an offence under this Act  or  upon a complaint made by an officer of the Central Government  or a State Government authorised in this behalf, take cognizance of  that offence without the accused being committed to it for trial.

    (2) When trying an offence under this Act, a Special Court may also try an offence other than an offence under this Act,  with  which the accused may, under the Code  of  Criminal  Procedure,  1973  (2 of 1974) be charged at the same trial.

    (3) Nothing contained in this section shall be deemed to affect the special powers of the High Court regarding bail under f section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), and the High Court may exercise such powers including the power under clause (b) of sub-section (1) of that section as if the reference to "Magistrate" in that section included also a reference to a "Special Court" constituted under section 36.

36B. Appeal and revision.

    The High Court may exercise, so for as may be applicable, all the powers conferred by Chapters XXIX and XXX of the Code  of  Criminal  Procedure,  1973 (12 of 1986) on a High Court,  as  if  a  Special Court  within  the  local  limits  of  the jurisdiction of the High Court were a Court of  Session  trying  cases within the local limits of the jurisdiction of the High Court.

 36C. Application of Code to proceedings before a Special Court.

     Save as otherwise provided in this Act, the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (12 of 1974), (including the provisions as to bail and bonds) shall apply to the proceedings before a Special Court and for the purposes of the said provisions the Special Court shall be deemed to be a Court of Session and the person conducting a prosecution before a Special Court, shall be deemed to be a Public Prosecutor.

36D. Transitional provisions.

     (1) Any offence committed under this Act on or after the commencement of the narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Act, 1988 (46 of 1988), until a Special  Court is constituted under section 36, shall, notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure,  1973  (12 of 1974), be tried by a Court of Session:

    Provided that offences punishable under sections 26, 27 and 32 may be tried summarily.

     (2) Nothing in sub-section (1) shall be construed to require the transfer to a Special  Court  of  any  proceedings  in relation to an offence taken cognizance of by a Court of  Session  under the said sub-section (1) and the same shall be heard and  disposed of by the Court of Session.

  2*[37. Offences to be cognizable and non-bailable

        (1) Not with standing anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974),

                (a) every offence punishable under this Act shall be  cognizable;

                (b) no  person accused of an offence punishable for a term released on bail or on his own bond unless – 

                      (i) the Public Prosecutor has been given an  opportunity to oppose the application for such release, and

                     (ii) where the Public Prosecutor opposes the application  the  court is satisfied that there are  reasonable grounds for believing that he is not guilty of such  offence and that he is not likely to commit any offence while on bail.

         (2) The limitations on granting of bail  specified  in clause (b) of sub-section (1) are in addition to the limitations under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (12 of 1974),  or any other law for the time being in force on granting of bail.]

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