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The central issue in this petition under Article 32 of the Constitution concerns constitutional validity of Section 3(1) of Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act, 1974 (for short, COFEPOSA) to the extent it empowers the competent authority to make an order of detention against any person with a view to preventing him from acting in any manner prejudicial to the conservation or augmentation of foreign exchange. The first petitioner Dropti Devi is the mother of second petitioner Raj Kumar Aggarwal. In respect of second petitioner an order of detention has been passed on September 23, 2009 by Smt. Rasheda Hussain, Joint Secretary to the Government of India, specially empowered under Section 3(1) of the COFEPOSA (as amended)


In view of the above, the leave to make additional prayer for quashing the detention order dated September 23, 2009 by means of criminal miscellaneous application does not deserve to be granted and is rejected.