Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday announced in the Legislative Council that the government will soon come up with a state amendment to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act to fix the loopholes in it and curb drug-related cases in Maharashtra.
Over the past few days, Opposition leaders, including the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council, Ambadas Danve, have raised the issue of widespread drug use across the state. The capital city of Mumbai is considered to be a hub of narcotics demand. In the past few years, the NCB has registered two major cases – the Cordelia drug bust case and the Sushant Singh Rajput case – which are connected to Mumbai. Both the NCB and the Anti Narcotics Cell of the Mumbai Police have been involved in several drug busts lately.
While replying during the debate on the last day of the Council, Fadnavis said the issue of drugs in the state is serious and there is a need for strict action as their use is rampant in elite class parties.