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Narcotic Drugs (Control) Act, 2033 (1976)

Narcotic Drugs (Control) Act, 2033 (1976)

Date of Authentications and publication :
2033/6/10 ( 22 sectember 1976)
ACT NO. 24 OF THE YEAR 2033 (1976)
1. Narcotic Drugs (Control) (First Amendment) Act, 2043 2043/7/24
2. Narcotic Drugs (Control) (Second Amendment) Act, 2044 2044/6/9
3. Some Nepal Acts Amendment Act, 2048 2049/1/8
4. Narcotic Drugs (Control) (Forth Amendment) Act, 2049 2050/2/32
5. Some Nepal Acts Amendment Act, 2055 2055/10/7

Chapter 1

Chapter 1 Preliminary
1. Short Title, Extent and Commencement :

(1) This Act may be called the “Narcotic Drugs (Control) Act, 2033 (1976).”
(2) It shall extend throughout Nepal.
(3) It shall come into force immediately.

2. Extra Territorial Application of the Act :

(1) This Act shall also be (apply) to Nepalese citizen or foreigner, who, while residing in a foreign country, conduct transaction of export or import of narcotic drugs from or into Nepal in contravention of this Act or Rules framed or order issued hereunder.
(2) Any person who commits any act mentioned under Sub-section (1) shall be prosecuted and punished according to this Act as if he/she had
committed such act within Nepal.

3. Definition : In this Act, Unless the subject or context otherwise requires :-
(a) “Narcotic Drug” means:
(1) Cannabis/ marijuana
(2) Medicinal cannabis/ marijuana
(3) Opium
(4) Processed opium
(5) Medicinal opium
(6) Plants and leaves of coca, and
(6A) Any substances to be prepared by mixing opium and extract coca, including mixture or salt.
(7) Any natural or synthetic narcotic drug or psychotropic substances and their salts and other substances as may be specified by the Government of Nepal by a notification published in the Nepal Gazette, from time to time,
(b) “Cannabis/ marijuana” means:
(1) Any plant of cannabis/ marijuana genus including hemp and siddha and also includes the leaves and flowers thereof.
(2) Natural resin, gum, and sap obtained from Hashish (chares) and cannabis/ marijuana plants, and,
(3) Any substance containing any of the extract, substance, essence, mixture and beverage containing any of the
substances mentioned above.
(c) “Medicinal cannabis/ marijuana” means the extract or essence of cannabis/ marijuana.
(d) “Opium” means the coagulated juice of the opium poppy.
(e) “Processed opium” means the opium prepared for consumption and also includes the residue left after smoking such opium.
(f) “Medicinal opium” means the opium prepared in any form following  any formula (method) for medicinal purposes.
(g) “Plants and leaves of coca” means the plants and leaves of any plant of the erythroxylon genus as defined in the Single Convention on Narcotic
Drugs, 1961.

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(h) “Preparation” means the solid or liquefied mixture of one or more narcotic drugs to be prepared in the form of dosage.
(i) “Production” means the extraction of cannabis/ marijuana, hemp, Siddha or Hashish (chares) from the cannabis/ marijuana plant or the separation of
leaves from coca plants.
(j) “Manufacture” means all the forms of extraction of narcotic drugs, other than production and this term also includes the processing of narcotic
drugs, transformation of one kind of narcotic drug into another, or the process of preparing narcotic drugs other than for medical purposes.

(j1) “Controlled delivery” (Controlled payment technique) means the drugs technique of allowing traffic of narcotic drugs putting it into the pocket
in the original condition or any thing like that instead of narcotic drugs under the direct supervision of the Narcotic Investigation Authority, with
a view to identifying the final destination and the recipient person involved in the illicit traffic of the narcotic drugs from or through the
Nepal to other countries.

(j2) “Investigating Authority” means personnel at least up to the rank of Assistant sub-inspector of police or at least up to the rank of Kharidar,
designated by the chief of Narcotic Drugs Control Law Enforcement Agency, in course of the investigation of the narcotic drugs control.

(j3) “Treatment Centre” means a treatment centre approved by Government of Nepal for the treatment and rehabilitation of narcotic
drug addicts.

(j4) “Addiction” means the act of consumption of narcotic drugs in more than the dosage and quantity even under the prescription of recognized
medical practitioner or without the prescription of such medical practitioner.

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(k) “Drugs Control Officer” means the officer appointed or designated by Government of Nepal pursuant to Section 21.
(L) “Prescribed” or “As Prescribed” means prescribed or ∇ as prescribed in the Rules framed or orders issued under this Act.

Chapter 2

Chapter 2 Prohibition and Control
4. Prohibited Acts : No person shall:

(a) Cultivate, produce, prepare, purchase, sell, distribute, export or import, conduct any trafficking, store, or consume cannabis/
marijuana,

(b) Cultivate opium or coca or produce opium or coca leaves or other narcotic drugs,
(c) Manufacture or prepare narcotic drugs,
(d) Sell or distribute narcotic drugs,
(e) Export or import narcotic drugs,
(f) Purchase, store, possess, or conduct any trafficking narcotic drugs,
(g) Consume narcotic drugs other than cannabis/ marijuana. Provided that:
(1) Government of Nepal may frame Rules regulating the  production of hashish (chares) from wild cannabis/ marijuana plants growing in the western hilly region of the Nepal and the collection, storage, sale and purchase of such hashish (chares) for a specified period, and no act done by any person in accordance with the license obtained under

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such Rules shall be deemed to constitute an offence under this Section.

(1A) Chemical substance to be used for preparation of narcotic drugs from among the medicines defined in the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 may be exported, imported, stored, conducted trafficking, sold, distributed and used only in the quantity as prescribed by the Chief
Narcotic Drugs Control Officer.
(2) The procedure of the license issued under Clause (1) of this Proviso and format and condition of such license, license issuing Authority, fee to be
charged for such license and any other measure to be taken for the control and management of the activities under such license shall be as prescribed.
∇Explanation : For the purpose of Clause (b),(c),(d),(e) and (f) of this section the “narcotic drugs” shall not mean the cannabis/ marijuana.

5. Non-applicability of Prohibitions: Notwithstanding anything contained in other Sections of this Act, consumption of narcotic drugs by persons falling
under the following categories in the following circumstances shall not be deemed to have been prohibited:-
(a) Purchase and consumption of narcotic drug by any person in the recommended dose from any licensed shop on the recommendation of any recognized medical practitioner for the purpose of medical treatment.
(b) Consumption of narcotic drugs by persons belonging to the prescribed categories in prescribed doses.

5A. Note to be made on the prescription Paper of the Medical Practitioner : If a person comes to purchase narcotic drugs with the prescription of a
recognized medical practitioner the licensed shop keeper shall make a note of the

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sale on the prescription paper of the medical practitioner after narcotic drugs is sold to such person.

5B. Responsibility of the Medical Practitioner: While prescribing narcotic drugs, the medical practitioner shall not prescribe it to those who do not need it or

prescribe more than what the requirement is even to those to whom it is required. 6. Prohibition not to be applied to Government of Nepal : Nothing contained in
this Act shall be deemed to have prevented Government of Nepal or any institution working under the full and complete supervision and control of
Government of Nepal after obtaining a special license, from cultivating, preparation, producing, manufacturing, exporting or importing narcotic drugs for
purposes of medicine or scientific research or from selling narcotic drugs to any person on the recommendation of a recognized medical practitioner.

7. Authority Empowered to Issue Warrants : The Narcotic Drugs Control Officer may issue warrants for the arrest and search of any person if he/she has
reason to believe that such person has committed or is about to commit any offence punishable under this Act. The Narcotic Control Officer may issue orders
for conducting a search of any building, land, vehicle or any other place if he/she has reason to believe that any person connected with the offence has been hiding
in such building, land, vehicle or other place or that any narcotic drug has been kept therein.

8. Power to Enter, Search, Seize and Arrest Without a Warrant : (1) If there is reason to believe that any offence punishable under this Act is being committed
in any building, land, vehicle or other place and that the offender may escape or that evidence of the offense may disappear, the Narcotic Drugs Control Officer or
a police personnel at least up to the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police may, after making a record to that effect, take any of the following actions at any
time:-
(a) To enter into such building, land, vehicle or any other place,

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(b) To break the gate or resort to other necessary actions if any obstruction is caused to such entry,
(c) To seize all narcotic drugs and other materials connected with the offence, and any other document which may serve as evidence,
(d) To detain and to search any person and if necessary, arrest him/her if there is a reason to suspect that such a person has
committed an offence.
(2) Entry into or search of any building, land, vehicle or any other place under Sub-section (1) shall be conducted, if time so allows, in the presence of a
∂member of the concerned Municipality or Village Development Committee or any local gentleman or an employee of any government office.

Provided that, if there is proper ground of non-availability of a member of Municipality or Village Development Committee or Ward Committee or
gentlemen of that locality or presence of employees of other government offices for preparing the report, even of attempts were made to that effect, the report
may be prepared in the presence of at least two Narcotic Drug Investigation Officers or in the presence of two personnel at least to the rank of Assistant
sub-inspector of police.

8A. The Particulars of Financial Transaction may be Demanded : (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the prevailing laws, if there is reliable
ground that any person, organisation-institution, firm, company or international organisation has carried out illegal transaction of narcotic drugs, the Narcotic
Drugs Control Officer may ask for the particulars of the account of such person, firm, organisation – institution, company or international organisation, kept in
any bank or financial institutions.
(2) In case the amount mentioned in the particular obtained pursuant to Sub-section (1), is seen to be used in the illegal transaction of narcotic drugs,

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the judicial authority may give order to the concerned bank or financial institution for freezing such amount.

9. Report of Arrest and Seizure to be submitted : – When an arrest is made of any person or search is undertaken of any person, building, land, vehicle or any
other place, or if any narcotic drug or other material is seized under this Act, the Narcotic Drugs Control Officer shall submit a report thereon to his/her
immediate superior within twenty four hours of such arrest, search or seizure.

9A. Secrecy to be maintained : In case a demand is made by the case filing party for maintaining secrecy of the name of the person or documents involved in a
case relating to narcotic drugs, the judicial authority shall have to keep secret such document or the name of person up to the period as per demand.

10. Arrested person and seized goods to be produced before the Judicial Authority : Any person arrested or goods seized by the Narcotic Drugs Control
Officer under this Act shall be produced before ♥ the Judicial Authority within twenty four hours of such arrest or seizure excluding the period of journey from
the place of arrest to such Authority.

10A. Anything may be taped or censored : If there is an order from Investigating Authority or Judicial Authority the Narcotic Drugs Control Officer, in course of
investigation of narcotic drugs, may tape the electronic devices like telephone, telex, fax of the person related to narcotic drugs, may receive copy, or may take
photograph and may censor any sorts of documents to be received from post like letter, parcel document.

11. The Narcotic Drugs Control Officer may issue an order to destroy Narcotic Drugs : The Narcotic Drugs Control Officer may issue an order to destroy the
following Narcotic Drugs:-
(a) Cannabis/ marijuana, opium or coca which is being cultivated in any land in contravention of this Act,

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(b) The wildly grown cannabis/ marijuana, opium and coca on areas other than those exempted under Section 4.
(c) Any narcotic drugs which are found unclaimed, and
(d) The Narcotic Drugs related to such offences regarding which no case could be filed in a court of law under this Act.

11A. Narcotic Drugs to be destroyed after being the time extended from the court in the narcotic drug case : After the narcotic drug is raided from any
person, Narcotic Drugs Control Officer shall, after taking up to three grams of narcotic drugs from each packet as sample in the presence of Assistant SubInspector
of police and an employee assigned by the judicial authority, send for examination, the investigating authority of the narcotic case shall keep the
sample of the narcotic drug to find out the nature of the narcotic drug, and after the case is filed in the court for extending the time, the court shall keep upto
three grams of narcotic drugs from each pocket for sample and shall in the presence of representative of the concerned district court, representative of the
district administration office and the representative of local Municipality or Village Development Committee, within fifteen days from the date of filing of
the case in the court for the extension of time.

11B The records of destroying of narcotic drugs to be maintained : The concerned authority shall, while destroying narcotic drugs under Section 11 and
11A, maintain record of the types and quantity of narcotic drugs.

11C. Government of Nepal may make available the Narcotic Drugs for Preparing Medicine : Notwithstanding anything contained in other provisions
of this Act, Government of Nepal may, if it deems necessary, for cannabis/ marijuana the purpose of preparing medicine, make available in the required
quantity of cannabis/ marijuana and opium out of the narcotic drugs confiscated or seized under this Act to any agency which is engaged in the production of
medicine.

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11D. May be submitted as evidence : (1) The documents collected in abroad, in course of investigation of narcotic drugs, may be presented before the
judicial authority as evidence.
(2) The investigating authority may, in course of investigation of the narcotic drugs, present video tape, cassette tape and any other types of photos
before the judicial authority as evidence.

12. Onus of Proof : In case any narcotic drug is found to be in possession of any person or if any evidence is found that cannabis/ marijuana, opium or coca is
being cultivated or had been cultivated in any farm of a person or if any substance that has been partly processed for the manufacture or production of
any narcotic drug or any residue left after such production is found to be in possession of any person, such person shall have to furnish proof to the effect
that he/she has obtained or possessed such substance under this Act or the Rules framed or orders issued hereunder. If he/she fails to do so, he shall, unless
otherwise established, be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under this Act.
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Chapter 3

Chapter 3 Penalties

14. Penalties :

(1) The person, acting in violation of the prohibitions laid down in Clause (a) of Section (4), shall be punished according to the gravity of offence as follows:-
(a) Anyone who consumes cannabis/ marijuana shall be punished with an imprisonment for a term up to one month or with a fine unto two thousand rupees.
Provided that, in case of a person who is in the responsibility of a person or institution who have made bond for doing treatment upto one month in the treatment centre, the judicial authority may

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not punish such person, on the condition of submitting the reports of treatment fortnightly from the treatment centre.
(b) Anyone who cultivates unto twenty five cannabis/ marijuana plants shall be punished with an imprisonment for a term unto three months or with a fine unto three thousand rupees.
(c) Anyone who cultivates more than twenty five cannabis/ marijuana plants shall be punished with an imprisonment for a term of three year or with a fine from five thousand to twenty five thousand rupees.
(d) Anyone who produces, prepares, purchases, sells and distributes, exports or imports, traffics and stores, cannabis/ marijuana shall be punished as follows:-
(1) with an imprisonment for a term upto three months or with a fine upto rupees three thousand, if it is upto fifty grams.
(2) With an imprisonment for a term from one month to one year and with a fine from one thousand to five thousand rupees, if it is within fifty grams to five hundred grams.
(3) With an imprisonment for a term from six months to two years and with a fine from rupees two thousands to ten thousands, if it is within five hundred grams to two kilograms.
(4) With an imprisonment for a term from one year to three years and with a fine from rupees five thousands to twenty five thousands, if it is within two kilograms to ten kilograms.
(5) With an imprisonment for a term from two years to ten years and with a fine from fifteen thousands to rupees one hundred thousand, if it is ten kilograms or more than this.

(e) Anyone who consumes opium, coca or any other narcotic drugs made therefrom shall be punished with an imprisonment for a term
of upto one year or with a fine upto ten thousand rupees.
Provided that, in case of a person who is in the responsibility of a person or institution, who have made bond for doing treatment upto three months, in the treatment centre, the judicial authority may not punish such person on the condition of submitting the information of treatment fortnightly from the
treatment centre.
(f) Anyone who cultivates opium poppy or coca bush shall be punished as follows:
(1) With an imprisonment for a term of one year to three years or with a fine of five thousand rupees to twenty five thousand rupees, in case of the cultivation of twenty five plants.
(2) With an imprisonment for a term from three years to ten years and with a fine from twenty five thousand rupees to two hundred thousand rupees in case of cultivation of more than twenty five plants.
(g) Anyone who commits any other prohibited acts other than consumption of opium, coca, or any other narcotic drugs made therefrom and cultivation of such plants shall be punished as follows:
(1) With an imprisonment for a term from five years to ten years and with a fine from five thousand rupees to twenty five thousand rupees for anyone doing transaction upto twenty five grams.
(2) With an imprisonment for a term from ten years to fifteen years and with a fine from seventy thousand rupees to two  hundred thousand rupees for anyone doing transaction from twenty five grams to hundred grams.
(3) With an imprisonment for a term from fifteen years to life imprisonment and with a fine from five hundred thousand rupees to twenty five hundred thousand for anyone doing transaction of any quantity more than one hundred grams.
(h) Anyone who addicts any natural or synthetic narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and their salt and other substances, as specified by Government of Nepal by a notification published in the Nepal Gazette, from time to time, shall be punished with an imprisonment for a term upto two months and with a fine upto
two thousand rupees or both.
Provided that, in case of a person who is in the responsibility of any person or institution who have made bond for doing treatment upto three months in the treatment centre, the judicial authority may not punish such person on the condition of submitting the information of treatment forthrightly from the
treatment centre.
(i) with an imprisonment for a term from two years to ten years and with a fine from one hundred thousand rupees to twenty hundred
thousand rupees for anyone who commits any other prohibited acts other than those mentioned in Clause (h) above.

Explanation : For the purpose of this section the term “gravity of offence” shall mean the gravity of offence which shall be determined on the basis of the nature of the narcotic drugs and its quantity, store, purchase and sell, objective of the traffic in or export-import, the organization or gang of the accused, weapons
used by the accused or use of force, involvement of minor made in the offence, transaction done through the medium of institution like education, social and cultural organisation and the transaction made at the basis of abuse of post by a person holding a public position.

15. Punishment for Permitting Prohibited Acts in ones Building, Land or Vehicle: In case the owner of any building, land or vehicle or the person in
possession thereof willfully permits any act to be committed in any building, land or vehicle as is prohibited under Section 4, he/she shall be punished with
an imprisonment for a term which may extend from six months to five years or with a fine upto ten thousand rupees. If the owner of the building, land or
vehicle has committed such offence or has permitted to commit such offence, such building, land or vehicle may be liable to confiscation.

16. Punishment for Repeated Offence : In case any person who had been punished once under this Act again commits any other offence mentioned
hereunder, he/she shall be punished for each subsequent offence, in addition to the prescribed punishment, with an imprisonment for a term which may extend
upto five years and with a fine upto one hundred thousand rupees.

17. Punishment for conspiracy, attempt, abetment and accomplice in an offence : In case any person conspires or attempts to commit any offence
punishable under this Act, or abets others to commit such offence or is an accomplice in such offence, he/she shall be liable to such punishment which shall
be half of the punishment due to the actual offender.

17A. Punishment for those doing transaction of other substances as if it was narcotic drug : Any person or gang carrying out the acts of transaction
including sell distribution, export, import, store, production of other substances giving belief as if it was narcotic drug, shall be liable to such punishment which
shall be half of the punishment due to the actual offender.

17B. Punishment for those not providing the particulars or documents related to narcotic drugs : In course of collection of particulars of narcotic drugs, if any
particular or document is not provided by any person, organisation-institution or association, demanded by the Narcotic Drugs Control Officer or

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investigating authority such person, organisation-institution or association shall be liable to such punishment which shall be half of the punishment due to the
actual offender.

18. Confiscation of Materials Connected with the Offence : All narcotic drugs  connected with any offence punishable under this Act and all materials and
equipment used in the manufacture or production of such narcotic drugs shall be confiscated and any vehicle used for the transportation of such narcotic
drugs, other than railway train and aeroplane, shall also be confiscated. Provided that, no vehicle shall be confiscated if the owner of the vehicle
is able to prove that he/she was not aware of the fact that his/her vehicle would be or had been used for committing such offence.

18A. Property to be Confiscated : (1) All movable or immovable property earned from doing any act in contravention of Clauses (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) of
Section 4 shall be confiscated.
(2) If the economic resource or the property of the person convicted of any offence under Clauses (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) of Section 4 is not in
proportion of the known earning resource of the convicted person or his/her family such property unless proved otherwise by him/her shall be deemed to
have been earned by the acts in contravention to this Act and shall be confiscated even if it is registered on the name of the members of his/her family
or any other person.
(3) If there are reasonable grounds that anybody has committed offence liable to be confiscating of property, then the judicial authority may withheld
the property of such person, if there is a written request from Narcotic Drugs Control Officer to withheld his/her property.

18B. The informer is to be rewarded : Anyone who informs the Narcotic Drugs Control Officer, of the transaction or use of narcotic drugs which leads to the
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fine, the informer shall be provided twenty percent of the amount of fine as reward. The name of person receiving such reward shall be held secret.

18C Punishment may be remitted : Notwithstanding anything contained in prevailing laws, any person who helps in finding the principal offender and
assists by providing the information and clue about gang in which he/she, him/herself engaged or other gang involved in the transaction of narcotic drug
punishable under this Act, if there is a demand for full or partial remission of punishment in the charge-sheet, the judicial authority also may remit in
punishment accordingly.

18D. The employees to be rewarded : If anybody is punished with an imprisonment and with a fine in the case of narcotic drugs by the judicial authority,
Government of Nepal may reward twenty percent of amount of such fine to the employees involved in the narcotic drugs control and investigation activities.

18E Some amount of fine to be made available to the Treatment Centre : If any person is punished with an imprisonment and with a fine in the narcotic drug
case, the treatment center shall be provided twenty percent amount of such fine. If there are more than one treatment centre the Chief Narcotic Control Officer
shall distribute such amount of fine.

19. Power to withhold prosecution or remit punishment :  If a person is found to have purchased or possessed ♥ cannabis/ marijuana or medicinal opium, without
commercial motive and in small quantity, or has consumed only small dose of such drug and if he/she has committed such offence for the first time, the
Narcotic Drugs Control Officer may, after keeping a record of such person, make him/her sign a bond undertaking not to commit such offence again and
release him/her after recording the reasons for withholding the prosecutions. Even where the prosecution has already been started, the court may, if it deems
the offence to be of petty nature and if the accused has committed such offence for the first time, after keeping a record of such person, make him/her sign a

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bond undertaking not to commit such offence again and release him/her without
awarding any punishment.

19A. No Proceedings are to be Undertaken while Undergoing Treatment : (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in Clauses (a) and (d) of Sub-section (1) of
Section 14, the narcotic drug consumer, while undergoing treatment or  rehabilitation in a treatment or rehabilitation center established or recognized
by Government of Nepal, shall not be subjected to the punishment under this Act.
(2) The concerned officer shall prepare and keep a weekly or monthly report in the format as prescribed by Government of Nepal by asking the details
of the treatment and rehabilitation from the concerned treatment and rehabilitation centre regarding those persons who are undergoing treatments in
the centers as mentioned in Sub-section (1).

20. Special provision as to stocks of narcotic drugs under previous license : If, at the time of commencement of this Act, any stock of narcotic drug is left with
any person holding a license pursuant to Intoxicating substance Act, 1961 and Intoxicating Substance Rules, 1962, he/she shall have to surrender such stock of
narcotic drugs to the Narcotic Drugs Control Officer within the prescribed time limit.

21. Provision regarding to Narcotic Drugs Control Officer and Narcotic Drugs Control Administration : (1) Government of Nepal shall establish a Narcotic
Drugs Control Administration under the ∂Ministry of Home Affairs for carrying out the objectives of this Act and may ♥ appoint or designate a Chief Narcotic
Drugs Control Officer, one or more Narcotic Drugs Control Officers, Deputy Narcotic Drugs Control Officer and other officers as and when necessary.
(2) The Chief Narcotic Drugs Control Officer shall act as a chief of the Narcotic Drugs Control Administration established under Sub-section (1) and

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the Chief Narcotic Drugs Control Officer shall supervise control, direct and coordinate the measures relating to control of narcotic drugs under this Act.
(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in other provisions of this Act, if it is established that any Government employee has taken bribe with a view to
assist a person facilating the sale and use of narcotic drugs, penalty shall be imposed on such employee under the prevailing law and an additional penalty
equivalent to the half of the penalty given to such offender involved in due sale and use of narcotic drugs.

21A. Judicial Authority and Appeal : (1) The court of law as shall be constituted or prescribed by Government of Nepal by publishing a notification in the Nepal
Gazette shall have the authority to hear the cases under this Act except those cases which are related to the offence under Clause (a) of Section 4.
(2) The court of law as mentioned in Sub-section (1) shall, while adjudicating cases under this Act, adopt the procedures and use the authority as
has been laid down in Special Court Act, 2059.
(3) The person who is not satisfied on the decision or the final order of the court under Sub-section (1) may make an appeal to the Appellate Court.

21B. Functions, Powers and Duties of the Investigating Authority : (1) The investigating authority while being deputed in the control of narcotic drugs
shall enjoy the powers equal to that of police pursuant to prevailing laws in course of conducting investigation of narcotic drugs.
(2) While conducting investigation in the transaction of narcotic drugs the investigating authority shall enjoy the powers equal to that of custom officer
pursuant to prevailing Custom Act to search the goods of the person seen doubtful in the transaction of narcotic drugs.
Provided that, before conducting such search, the investigating authority shall have to issue a search warrant to the concerned person.

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(3) The investigating authority shall enjoy the powers equal to that of postal officer pursuant to prevailing Postal Act, to censor any matter to be
received by post which is seen doubtful in course of investigation of narcotic drugs.

21C. The Scientific equipments and weapons may be taken : The authority and employees to be engaged in the investigating function of narcotic drugs and the
employees related to narcotic drug control shall have the powers to carry and use scientific equipment, communication devices and weapons and the material
to be used in that weapon, which are necessary in course of investigation and control activities.
22. Government to be a plaintiff : Government of Nepal shall be the plaintiff in all cases under this Act and all such cases shall be deemed to have been
incorporated in Schedule 1 of the Government Cases Act,2049 (1992)
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22B. No punishment for the works done in good faith : No case shall be instituted or legal action be taken against any government employee in relation to any
function performed or attempted to perform in good faith under this Act.

22C. Provision in relation to extension of time : The judicial authority may grant extension of time upto three months, not exceeding one month at a time, for
keeping the persons in police custody, who have been arrested in course of investigation of narcotic drugs.

23. Provision Regarding Cases Filed Before the Commencement of this Act : Cases Pertaining to narcotic drugs which are already filed or to be filed under
any Nepal law existing before the commencement of this Act shall be disposed of by the same authority as empowered to hear such cases under those law.

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Inserted by the third Amendment.
 At present the Government Cases Act, 2049 (1992)

Inserted by First Amendment and deleted by second amendment.

Inserted by the third Amendment.

Inserted by the third Amendment.
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23A. Prevailing Law is to be Applicable : Notwithstanding anything contained in other provisions of this Act, the production, sale and distribution, exportimport,
store and consumption of medicines made in pharmacutical forms such as tablets, capsules, injections of the name and quantum as prescribed in the
Pharmacopia regarding the natural or synthetic narcotic or psychotropic substances and their salt as prescribed pursuant to Sub-clause (7) of Clause (a)
of Section 3, shall be governed by the Medicine Act, 2035. Provided that, the production sale and distribution, export-import, store  and consumption of the raw materials (raw or chemicalized) of the narcotic or psychotrophic substances shall be governed by this Act.”

24. Power to frame Rules or issue orders : Government of Nepal may frame Rules or issue orders to carry out the objectives of this Act.

25. Repeal : The Intoxicating Substance Act, 2017 (1961) and the Intoxicating Substance Rules, 2019 (1962) are hereby repealed.
Note: The Section 12 of Narcotic Drugs (Control) (First Amendment) Act, 2043 is a follows:
Cases to be Transferred: The cases relating to the offence under Clause (a) of Section 4 which have been filed in any court and is under the proceeding before
the commencement of this Act shall be transferred to the district court whereas  other cases under this Act shall be transferred to the court under Sub-section (1)
of Section 21A.

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Inserted by First Amendment .