Power to Register FIR and Cognizance of Cognizable Offences u/ CrPC & Special Statutes – Time to Re-visit the Law

The article is in light of a Supreme Court judgment pronounced on 28th Aug, 2020 regarding power of Police to arrest, register FIR and investigate the cognizable offence mentioned under Chapter IV of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. The author has also discussed the similar stand taken by the Supreme Court with respect to Cognizable offences mentioned under various other special statues.