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not exceeding six months; and the arms or other such instrument as aforesaid shall be confiscated.

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Magistrate empower IX. It shall be lawful for a magistrate, by warrant, to

ed to search houses, &c., and to seize cause search to be made in any bouse or other place in which

there may be reasonable grounds for suspecting that any arms or other such instrument as aforesaid, kept contrary to the proclamation, may be found ; and any such armis or

instrument may be seized and confiscated. Government may X, Nothing in Sections VII, VIII, and IX of this Act

grant exemption to certain persons.

sball extend to any person who may be exempted by the authority of the Executive Government from the prohibi

tion contained in such proclamation. Interpretation.

XI. The word “ magistrate" in this Act shall include any person lawfully exercising the powers of a magistrate, and any assistant to a magistrate or deputy magistrate, specially authorized by the Executive Government to exercise the powers vested in a magistrate by this Act.

A. D. 1857. ACT XXV.

An Act to render Officers and Soldiers in the Native

Army liable to forfeiture of property for Mutiny, and to provide for the adjudication and recovery of forfeitures of property in certain cases.

Passed on the 8th August 1857. WHEREAS it is expedient to rende r officers and soldiers in the Native Army, who shall be convicted of mutiny, subject to the forfeiture of all their property, and to provide for the adjudication and recovery of forfeitures in certain cases ; it is enacted as follows:

Preamblo.

I. Repealed by Act V. of 1859.

Adjudication of for II. If any person who shall have committed treason or

feiture in case of death or escape of any offence for which, by this Act, or Act XI. of 1857, or Act offender before con. XIV. of 1857, Act XVI. of 1857, his property is declared

feited.

der at the time of

to be forfeited, shall have been killed, or shall have died, or

viction of an offence

for which property shall have escaped out of the territories of the East India Com is liable to be forpany, before he shall have been convicted of the offence, or cannot after diligent search be found, any court or other authority which might have tried such offender if he could have been brought to trial, shall, upon the application of the magistrate or other officer authorized by Government to make such application, hold an enquiry; and on proof that the person charged with having committed the offence was guilty thereof, and that he is dead, or has escaped out of the territories of the East India Company, or cannot after diligent search be found, shall adjudge that all the property of such offender shall be forfeited to Government. III. The forfeiture, whether upon conviction of such an Forfeiture to extend

to all property posoffence as aforesaid, or upon an adjudication of forfeiture

sessed by the offen. under this Act, shall extend to all property and effects of

the commission of or to which the offender shall have been possessed or en the offence. titled, either at the time of committing the offence, or at the time of the conviction or of the adjudication of for-feiture, or at any intermediate time; and no sale, alienation, or other disposition of such property, made subsequently to the commission of the offence, or made at any time with the fraudulent intention of preventing a forfeiture, shall have any effect against the right of Government to the forfeiture. Provided that nothing in this section contained shall affect Proviso. any transferree of any negotiable security, who shall prove that he acquired the same in good faith and with due caution for valuable consideration. IV. All immovable property of the offender, which shall Forfeiture of land

when an alienation be alienated after the passing of this Act and before the

been made commission of any offence specified in Section II, shall be without a valuable

consideration. forfeited in the same manner as if no such alienation had been made, unless the alienation be made in good faith and Alienation made and for valuable consideration, or unless the same shall haye

registered

months before combeen made and registered more than three months before

mission of offence. the commission of the offence. V. The court, or other authority by which the offender Court to find date of

offence committed, shall be convicted or the forfeiture shall be adjudged, may specify in the conviction or adjudication the day on which the offence was committed, if it can be ascertained.

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Conviction or adjudi. VI. In any proceeding concerning property alleged to

cation to be proof have been forfeited, the conviction shall be conclusive eviof what matters.

dence that the offence was committed, and if the day be specified in such conviction) that the offence was committed on that day; if the day be not specified, the conviction shall be prima facie evidence that the offence was committed on the day mentioned in the charge. In any such proceeding, an adjudication of forfeiture under this Act shall be prima facie evidence of the commission of the offence, and (if the day be specified in the adjudication) that the offence was committed on that day; if the day be not specified, the adjudication shall be prima facie evidence that the offence was commit ed on the day mentioned in the charge. Any adjudication under this Act shall be filed with and may be proved in the same manner as the records of the principal court of criminal jurisdiction of the district.

Procedure for the re VII. After the conviction or adjudication, the collector

covery of forfeited. property.

‘or other chief officer appointed by Government for the collection of revenue, or any other officer whom the Government may specially appoint, may seize and take possession of the forfeited property : if he require the assistance of a court to enable him to obtain possession of any such property by reason of any dispute respecting the title to the same, or for any other cause, the principal civil court of original jurisdiction of the district in which the property is situate may, upon the production of a certified copy of the conviction or adjudication, hear and determine in a summary manner upon petition any matter in dispute relating to such property. Any order which may be passed by the court shall not be subject to appeal; but the party against whom the same may be given, by any court other than one of Her Majesty's Supreme Courts of Judicature, shall be at liberty to bring a suit to establish his right at

any time within one year from the date of the order. Restoration offorfeited VIII. In case any person whose property shall have

property upon proof that escape was not been so adjudged to be forfeited, shall within one year after for the purpose of the seizure of any part of his property as a forfeiture, erading justice.

surrender himself, and shall upon trial before a competent

cases,

court be acquitted of the offence, his property or the proceeds thereof shall be restored, upon proof, to the satisfaction of the court , that he did not escape or keep out of the way for the purpose of evading justice.

IX. Repealed by Act IX. of 1871.

X. In case it shall appear to a magistrate that there is Power to secure pro. reasonable ground to suppose that any person is guilty of

perty before for

feiture in certain any offence specified in Section II. of this Act, and that any property liable to forfeiture for the offence is likely to be made away with, it shall be lawful for the magistrate to attach such property and secure the same until the trial of the offender, until an enquiry for the purpose of adjudication under this Act shall be had.

XI. The word "magistrate" in this Act shall include Interpretations. any officer competent to commit for trial for any offence specified in Section II. of this Act.

A. D. 1858. ACT III.

An Act to amend the Law relating to the Arrest and Detention of State Prisoners.

Passed on the 23rd January 1858. WHEREAS doubts have been entertained whether state Preamble. prisoners confined under Regulation II. 1819 of the Madras Code, or Regulation XXV. 1827 of the Bombay Code, can be lawfully detained in any fortress, jail, or other place within the local limits of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Courts of Judicature at Madras and Bombay respectively; and it is expedient that such doubts be removed and that the

powers of the said Regulations and of Regulation III. 1818 of the Bengal Code be extended; it is enacted as follows :

I. Repealed by Act XIV. of 1870.

II. The provisions of Regulation III. 1818 of the Bengal Regulations relating Code, and Regulation II. 1819 of the Madras Code, and

confinementofstate Regulation XXV. 1827 of the Bombay Code, as altered by prisoners in the

Three Presidencies, Section I. of this Act, relating to the arrest and confinement to be in force with

to the arrest and

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in Supreme Court of persons as state prisoners, shall be in force within the jurisdiction,

local limits of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Courts of Judi

cature at Calcutta, Madras, and Bombay respectively. Powers for the better

III. All powers for the better custody of state prisoners custody of prisoners, vested which by virtue of Act XXXIV of 1850 are vested in the by Act XXXIV of Governor General in Council, shall be possessed and may be 1850 in the Gover. norGeneralinCoun- exercised by the Governor in Council of Fort St. George cil, may be exercised by the Governors

and the Governor in Council of Bombay respectively for the . in Council of Fort better custody of state prisoners arrested within their re

George and
Bombay respec. spective presidencies.

tively.
Arrest made prior to IV. Any person arrested as a state prisoner before the
the passing of this
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passing of this Act, or now confined as a state prisoner by
the order or under the warrant of the Governor General in
Council, or of the Governor in Council of Fort St. George, or
of the Governor in Council of Bombay respectively, shall be
deemea to have been lawfully arrested and to be lawfully

confined.
Removal of state pri V. The Governor General in Council may order the re-

moval of any state prisoner confined under the provisions of
place of confinement
to another. any of the said regulations as amended and extended by this

Act from any fortress, jail, or place in which he may be
confined within either of the said presidencies, to any other
fortress, jail, or place of confinement within the territories
in the possession and under the Government of the East India
Company.

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A. D. 1858. ACT XXVIII.*

Preamble...

An Act for the maintenance of a Police Force for the Port
of Madras.

Passed on the 31st July 1858.
Whereas it is expedient to make further provision for
the security of the traffic between the shore and the ship-
ping in the port of Madras, by increasing the police force;
and whereas it is just and expedient that the said traffic
should contribute towards the expenses and maintenance of
the said force; it is enacted as follows :

* This Act came into operation from the 1st October 1858. (Vide Notification in Gazette of 1858, Vol. II., p. 581.)

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