NDPS Act, 1985

The Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 is law that bans individuals from manufacturing, cultivating, possessing, selling, purchasing, storing or consuming narcotics or psychotropic substances. This national law also applies to all Indians living abroad and all ships and aircraft registered in India. It was passed by the government to fulfil India’s commitment to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, Convention on Psychotropic Substance and UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

The Tripura High Court had recently discovered that an oversight in the 2014 amendment law had inadvertently rendered Section 27A of the Act, which penalises those financing illegal drug trafficking, inoperable.


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