Entry, Search, Seizure and Investigation
197. Authorized Officers to have free access to premises,
equipment, stocks and accounts of dealers in excisable goods.-
officer duly empowered by the Commissioner in this behalf shall have access,
at all reasonable times, to any premises registered under these rules and
to any place where excisable goods are grown, processed or stored, sold
or manufactured or to any place where composition of match heads or salt
petre for manufacture of matches are made, processed or stored, for carrying
out such scrutiny, verification and checks subject to such conditions and
limitations as may be specified in the instructions issued by the Commissioner
from time to time.
198. Penalty for obstruction or giving false or misleading
information.- If any person, by himself or by any person in his
(1) voluntarily obstructs, or offers any resistance to,
or impedes, or otherwise interferes with; or
(2) refuses or fails to give or wilfully gives false or
misleading information to the officer duly appointed under rule 197, who
is acting in accordance with his duty thereunder,
such person shall be liable to a penalty which may extend
to one thousand rupees.
199. Power to detain person and examine goods.-
Any officer duly empowered by the Commissioner may stop and detain any
person found carrying or removing any excisable goods for the transport
of which a permit or other transport document is required by these rules,
and may examine the goods and may require the production of a permit or
other document authorising the removal thereof.
(2) If a permit or other prescribed document is produced
agreeing with the goods in all respects, the officer may endorse thereon
the time and place of his examination thereof.
200. Power to stop and search vessels, carts, etc.,
and to seize goods which appear to be contraband.-
who is in Central Excise uniform, or who possesses a card showing his identity,
may, if duly empowered by the Commissioner, require any person who is in
immediate possession, control or use of any vessel, cart, or other means
of conveyance, to stop such vessel, cart, or other means of conveyance,
and search it, for excisable goods, saltpetre or composition for match-heads
for the manufacture of matches, and may seize and remove or detain any
such goods or articles in respect of which it appears to him that duty
should have, but has not, been levied, or that any contravention of the
provisions of the Act or these rules has occurred.
(2) If any such person fails to comply with such requirement,
such officer may use any reasonable means to compel compliance, and the
said person shall be punishable with a penalty which may extend to two
201. Power to enter and search.- The Central
Government may empower any officer of any department under its control
(1) enter and search at any time by day or by night any
land, building, enclosed place, premises, vessel, conveyance or other place
upon or in which he has reason to believe that excisable goods, saltpetre
or composition for match-heads for the manufacture of matches are processed,
sorted, stored, manufactured, or carried in contravention of the provision
of the Act or these Rules; and
(2) in case of resistance break open any door and remove
any other obstacle to his entry upon or into and search of such land, building,
enclosed place, premises, vessel, conveyance or other place.
202. Power to require access to place, vessel
or conveyance for inspection or examination of goods.- (1) Any officer
duly empowered under rule 200 or rule 201, as the case may be, may require
any person who has the immediate possession, control or use of any land,
building, enclosed place, premises, vessel, conveyance or other place which
he desires to search under these rules, or of any excisable goods, composition
for match-heads or saltpetre, for the manufacture of matches, processed,
sorted, stored, manufactured or carried thereupon or therein to open or
allow access to inspect or examine such place or conveyance, or to open,
unload, unpack or allow the inspection or examination of such articles.
(2) If such person fails to comply with any such requirement,
such officer may cause anything to be done which he may deem necessary
in order to exercise his powers, under these rules in a proper manner,
and the cost incurred in this behalf, unless paid to such officer, shall
be recoverable from the said person as an arrear of land revenue.
Police to take charge of articles seized.-
All officers in charge of police stations shall take charge of and keep
in safe custody, pending the orders of the Magistrate or of the adjudicating
Central Excise Officer, all things seized under the Act or these Rules
which may be delivered to them, and shall allow any officer who may accompany
such goods to the police station, or who may be deputed for the purpose
by his superior officer, to affix his seal to such things or to take samples
of and from them. All samples so taken shall also be sealed with the seal
of the officer-in-charge of the police station.
204. Issue of summons.- Every summons
issued under the Act shall be in writing, in duplicate, and shall state
the purpose for which it is issued, and shall be signed by the officer
issuing it and shall also bear his official seal, if he has any.
of things seized.- (1) The
owner or person having the charge of any animal seized and detained shall
provide from day-to-day tor its keep while detained, and, if he fails so
to do, such animal may be sold by public auction, and the expenses
(if any) incurred on account of it defrayed from the proceeds of the sale.
(2) The surplus proceeds of a sale under this rule shall,
if not claimed by the owner of the animal seized within a period of three
months, be forfeited, to the Central Government.
(3) Anything seized by a Central Excise Officer may, pending
the orders of the adjudicating Central Excise Officer, be released to the
owner on taking a bond from him in the proper Form, with such security
as the Commissioner may require
207. Charge by whom to be preferred.- A charge
of an offence under section 9 of the Act shall not be made except by an
officer not inferior in rank to an Inspector.
208. Customs Officers to exercise the same powers as
Central Excise Officers.- Every officer customs duly empowered
by the Commissioner shall have use, and exercise all such and the like
powers and authorities for the search, examination, seizure, detention,
removal and prosecution of any vessel, cart, or other means of conveyance,
or any horse or other animal, or any goods liable to confiscation under
the Act or these rules as are, or may be, conferred on the like Officer