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Section 44 – Prevention of Money Laundering Act,2002

Prevention of Money Laundering Act,2002

Section 44. Offences triable by Special Courts

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure,1973 (2 of 1974),

(a) the scheduled offence and the offence punishable under section 4 shall be triable only by the Special Court constituted for the area in which the offence has been committed:

Provided that the Special Court, trying a scheduled offence before the commencement of this Act, shall contribute to try such scheduled offence; or

(b) a Special Court may, 1[***] upon a complaint made by an authority authorised in this behalf under this Act take cognizance of the offence for which the accused is committed to it for trial.

(2) Nothing contained in this section shall be deemed to affect the special powers of the High Court regarding bail under section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure,1973 (2 of 1974) and the High Court may exercise such powers including the power under clause (b) of sub-section (1) of that section as if the reference to “Magistrate” in that section includes also a reference to a “Special Court” designated under section 43.


1. The words “upon perusal of police report of the facts which constitute an offence under thsis Act or” Omitted by Act No. 20 of 2005 w.e.f. 21-5-2005.

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