Rhea Chakraborty case: It is mostly users, not dealers, who are arrested under narcotic law


The arrest of actor Rhea Chakraborty has a lot of political undertones, apart from Bollywood rivalries – and TRP-driven TV channels – adding to the mix, but the history of the Narcotic Drugs & Pyschotropic Substances (NDPS) Act under which she has been charged is also one of significant abuse.

Till 2013, a policy brief by Vidhi Legal points out, Maharashtra used to have an average of 1,766 cases under NDPS every year. In 2014, however, this shot up dramatically, to 14,622 .en.

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