In the Lok Sabha, a bill was submitted to fix a drafting error in the. Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic. Substances Act, which rendered a critical clause dealing with the penalty of individuals who finance illicit trafficking ineffective.
The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment).
Section 27 A refers to a blank list. Following that, the Tripura High Court requested the Centre to change the law.
Premachandran and Bhratruhari Mahtab, a member of the. BJD, warned the administration against amending a criminal legislation with retroactive effect from 2014.
2014 to improve medical access to narcotic drugs by removing state restrictions to shipping and licensing “essential narcotic drugs,” the anomaly emerged.
The phrase “illicit traffic” was defined in sub-clauses I to (v) of clause (viiia) of. Section 2 of the Act prior to the 2014 change.
“The Narcotic Substances and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment). Act, 2014, renamed this clause (viiib) after inserting a new clause (viiia) in section 2.
The revision, she added, does not introduce any new offenses, but it does include a legislative declaration that any reference to clause (viiia) always refers to the matching renumbered provision in clause (viiib).
The amendment also tries to correct this inconsistency by amending section. 27A of the Act in order to carry out the statute’s legislative intent, which has always been to read clause (viiib) in section. 27A, and has already been there, according to Ms Sitharaman.
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