NDPS Suspension of Sentence (Bail): Further incarceration would be violative of the right of the applicant-appellant enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution of India :

NDPS Suspension of Sentence (Bail): Further incarceration would be violative of the right of the applicant-appellant enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution of India

Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 ; Section 37 – At the stage of examining an application for bail in the context of the Section 37 of the Act, the Court is not required to record a finding that the accused person is not guilty. The Court is also not expected to weigh the evidence for arriving at a finding as to whether the accused has committed an offence under the NDPS Act or not. The entire exercise that the Court is expected to undertake at this stage is for the limited purpose of releasing him on bail. Thus, the focus is on the availability of reasonable grounds for believing that the accused is not guilty of the offences that he has been charged with and he is unlikely to commit an offence under the Act while on bail. (Para 15)

The Supreme Court observed that the expression “reasonable grounds” used in Section 37(1)(b) under NDPS Act would mean credible, plausible grounds for the Court to believe that the accused person…

Conviction – Recovery of 20 kgs ‘charas’ – Narcotic powder/charas seized from possession of accused never produced before trial Court as material exhibit – Seizure panchnama not drawn at the spot where contraband recovered from car but drawn at Shamlaji Circuit House 12 km. Away – Private Car not a public conveyance, hence, search of private Car requires search-warrant even if search carried out on highway – Conviction reversed

Conviction - Recovery of 20 kgs 'charas' - Narcotic powder/charas seized from possession of accused never produced before trial Court as material exhibit - Seizure panchnama not drawn at the spot where contraband recovered from car but drawn at Shamlaji Circuit House 12 km. Away - Private Car not a public conveyance, hence, search of private Car requires search-warrant even if search carried out on highway - Conviction reversed