STATE OF PUNJAB …APPELLANT VERSUS RAKESH KUMAR …RESPONDENT

whether – the “manufactured drugs” – the   present   respondents –   should   be   tried   for   the   violation   of provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 but not under sec.22 of NDPS Act. ?

Apex court held – No – While suspending the sentence pending appeal, the High court made unnecessary observation which was against settled law and as such set aside the order of High Court and held that  we are unable to agree on the conclusion reached by the High Court for reasons stated further. First, we note that Section 80 of the N.D.P.S Act, clearly lays down that application of the Drugs   and   Cosmetics   Act   is   not   barred,   and   provisions   of N.D.P.S.   Act   can   be   applicable   in   addition   to   that   of   the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. The statute further clarifies   that   the   provisions   of   the   N.D.P.S   Act   are   not   in derogation of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. – Additionally, it is the prerogative of the State to prosecute the offender in accordance with law. In the present case, since the action of the accused­Respondents amounted to a  prima­facie violation of Section 8 of the N.D.P.S Act, they were charged under Section 22 of the N.D.P.S Act.