Reformation is to be considered when a drug-accused is young and lacking antecedents in any drug offences, the Bombay High Court recently observed while granting bail to a duo arrested in June following a police raid on a private bungalow in Igatpuri.
It was this judgment that Aryan Khan’s lead counsel, Amit Desai, and Satish Maneshinde, cited in their request while applying for bail before the special NDPS judge.
According to Justice Bharati Dangre, the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) imposes deterrent sentences on those who traffic in significant quantities, and addicts, but young people arrested for the first time “deserve one opportunity by restoring their freedom,”
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