Section 32B Drugs And Costmetics Act, Sec 32B of DCA
[32B. Compounding of certain offences. — (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, (2 of 1974) any offence punishable under clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 13, section 28 and section 28A of this Act (whether committed by a company or any officer thereof), not being an offence punishable with imprisonment only, or with imprisonment and also with fine, may, either before or after the institution of any prosecution, be compounded by the Central Government or by any State Government or any officer authorised in this behalf by the Central Government or a State Government, on payment for credit to that Government of such sum as that Government may, by rules made in this behalf, specify:
Provided that such sum shall not, in any case, exceed the maximum amount of the fine which may be imposed under this Act for the offence so compounded: Provided further that in cases of subsequent offences, the same shall not be compoundable.
(2) When the accused has been committed for trial or when he has been convicted and an appeal is pending, no composition for the offence shall be allowed without, the leave of the court to which he is committed or, as the case may be, before which the appeal is to be heard.
(3) Where an offence is compounded under sub-section (1), no proceeding or further proceeding, as the case may be, shall be taken against the offender in respect of the offence so compounded and the offender, if in custody, shall be released forthwith.]