“NOTWITHSTANDING anything contained ” Meaning

We very often read the words

“NOTWITHSTANDING anything contained ”

To a great extent we understand it too that it’s “A non obstante Clause, which means, DESPITE THAT, regardless of…. It creates exception and limits the generality of some law or its scope, e.g.

GENERAL PRNCPL:

Anybody can become a complainant… &
First cognizance of every crl case shall be taken by Magistrate in special laws likes NAB ORD, ATA etc. Non obstante clause empowers COURTS to take direct cognizance.

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