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Officers Designated U/s 53 NDPS Act Can Exercise All Investigative Powers Under CrPC Including Power to File Charge-Sheet: SC

The Supreme Court has observed that all the investigative powers vested in an officer in charge of a police station under the CrPC, including the power to file a charge-sheet, are vested in the officers designated under section 53 of the NDPS Act when dealing with an offence under the NDPS Act. The court (2:1), while answering the reference in Tofan Singh vs. State of Tamil Nadu, overruled the contrary view expressed in Raj Kumar Karwal v. Union of India (1990) 2 SCC 409, in this regard.

Asia Law Offices advised a major transnational strategic collaboration between its client, UAE-Based Pharmax Pharmaceuticals, and Swiss pharma major Acino Pharmaceuticals.

ALO represented Pharmax in the structuring and closure of entire transaction documents of the significant collaboration.

The collaboration framework extends to licensing, manufacturing, and supply of Acino formulations within the gastroenterology and the cardiovascular space throughout the Middle East and Africa.