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Rhea Chakraborty Arrest: Understanding The NDPS Under Which She Has Been Arrested

After month-long jostle and intense scrutiny – largely from various factions of the media, Bollywood Actor Rhea Chakraborty along with nine other people have been booked and charged under the different sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) under the act by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).

So what exactly is the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act?

The NDPS Act, was rolled out in India in 1985, and this is the primary legislation which deals with drugs and their trafficking. This act was passed as India looked to comply with the obligations as a signatory of various international conventions on different narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances so that the law can prevent its use as well as illicit trafficking.

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This law has provisions to punish manufacturing, sale, possession, consumption, as well as use and transport of banned drugs.

It needs to be understood here that punishment under the Act can vary depending upon the sections the accused is charged under. This Act has provisions for the court to grant immunity from prosecution to an addict who might be involved in a small quantity of drugs only after they voluntarily offer to undergo medical test treatment for deaddiction under section 64A.

Also, the Act allocated maximum punishment of the death penalty under section 31A for different offences which involves commercial quantities of a drug once the accused has been convicted before as well.

What are the sections applied in the case against Rhea Chakraborty?

All the ten accused in the case have been booked under Sections 8 (c) read with section 20 (b) (ii), 22, 27A, 28, 29 and 30 of the NDPS Act. So, people who allegedly use and possess cannabis as well as other psychotropic substances. Also, this includes financing illicit traffic as well as harbouring offenders and abetment and criminal conspiracy which attempts to preparing to commit an offence.