63. Procedure in making confiscations.
(1) In the trial of offences under this Act, whether the accused is convicted or acquitted or discharged, the court shall decide whether any article or thing seized under this Act is liable to confiscation under Section 60 or Section 61, or Section 62 and, if it decides that the article is so liable, it may order confiscation accordingly.
(2) Where any article or thing seized under this Act appears to be liable to confiscation under Section 60 or Section 61 or Section 62, but the person who committed the offence in connection therewith is not known or cannot be found, the court may inquire into and decide such liability, and may order confiscation accordingly;
Provided that no order or confiscation of an article or thing shall be made until the expiry of one month from the date of seizure, or without hearing any person who may claim any right thereto and the evidence, if any, which he produces in respect of his claim:
Provided further that if any such article or thing, other than a narcotic drug, psychotropic substance, 1[controlled substance] the opium poppy, coca plant or cannabis plant is liable to speedy and natural decay, or if the court is of opinion that its sale would be for the benefit of its owner, if may at any time direct it to be sold; and the provision of this sub-section shall, as nearly as may be practicable, apply to the net proceeds of the sale.
1. Inserted by Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Act, 2001, w.e.f. 2-10-2001 vide SO 957 (E), dt. 27-9-2001.
2. Sub-s (3) Omitted by Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Act, 2001, w.e.f. 2-10-2001 vide SO 957 (E), dt. 27-9-2001.