NARCOTIC DRUGS (CONTROL, ENFORCEMENT AND SANCTIONS) LAW - 1990 (PNDCL 236)

    Section - 27 - Power to Intercept Communication.

    (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, a magistrate or a District Tribunal if he or it considers on an application made to him or it that any communication or postal article is likely to contain any information or substance which is likely to be relevant for the purpose of any investigation into an offence under Part I or Part II or subsection (7) of section 31 or any corresponding foreign law, or for a purpose under this Law, may authorise a police officer-

    (a) to intercept, detain and open any postal article in the course of transmission by post;

    (b) to intercept any message transmitted or received by any telecommunication; or

    (c) to intercept or listen to any conversation by any telecommunication.

    (2) When any person is charged with an offence under Part I or Part II or subsection (7) of section 31, or when any proceedings are taken under Part III any information obtained by a police officer under subsection (1), whether before or after that person is charged, or before or after those proceedings are commenced, shall be admissible at his trial in evidence, or in those proceedings as the case may be.

    (3) An authorisation by a magistrate or District Tribunal under subsection (1) shall be given in writing to a police officer specified in the authorisation.

    (4) A certificate by a magistrate or District Tribunal that the action taken by a police officer in pursuance of subsection (1) had been authorised by him or it under subsection (1) shall be conclusive evidence that it had been so authorised and that certificate shall be admissible in evidence without proof of signature.

    (5) No person shall be under any duty, obligation or liability or be in any manner compelled to disclose in any proceedings the procedure, method, manner or means or any related matter, with regard to anything done under paragraphs (a), (b) or (c) of subsection (1).

    (6) For the purpose of this section-

    "postal article" has the meaning assigned to it in the Posts and Telecommunication Corporation Decree, 1975 (NRCD 311); and

    "telecommunication" has the meaning assigned to it in the Posts and Telecommunication Corporation Decree, 1975 (NRCD 311).