Stringent condition under Section 37 of NDPS Act bars grant of bail to a habitual offender: P&H HC

The Punjab & Haryana High Court (P&H HC), in an anticipatory bail application by a person against whom a FIR was registered under Sections 21(c), 22(c) & 25 of the NDPS Act, 1985, took note of the fact that there was another FIR registered against the same person in a similar offence. Therefore, the P&H HC, noting that there are multiple FIRs against the applicant, held that stringent conditions for grant of bail under Section 37 of the NDPS Act, which are in addition to those prescribed under the Cr.P.C., 1973, are not meted with and no bail can be granted.