the karnataka police act, 1963 - Police and Human Rights Resources

the karnataka police act, 1963 - Police and Human Rights Resources
THE KARNATAKA POLICE ACT, 1963.
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
Statement of Object and Reasons
Sections :
CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
1. Short title, extent and commencement.
2. Definitions.
CHAPTER II
SUPERINTENDENCE, CONTROL AND ORGANISATION OF THE POLICE FORCE
3. One Police Force for the whole State.
4. Superintendence of Police Force to vest in the Government.
5. Constitution of Police Force.
6. Inspector-General and Deputy Inspector-General.
7. Commissioner.
8. Appointment of Superintendents, Additional, Assistant and Deputy Superintendents.
9. Appointment of Superintendents for wireless system and motor transport system or for
any special duty.
10. Principal, Police Training School or college.
11. Deputies and Assistants to the Commissioner.
12. Appointment of subordinate police.
13. Certificates of appointment.
14. Effect of suspension of Police Officer.
15. General powers of Commissioner and Superintendent.
16. Superintendent of Police to be the head of the Police in the District subject to the
general control of the District Magistrate.
17. Power of District Magistrate to require reports from Superintendent.
18. Power of supervision by District Magistrates.
19. Special Police Officers.
20. Appointment of additional Police.
CHAPTER III
REGULATION, CONTROL AND DISCIPLINE OF THE POLICE FORCE.
21. Framing of Rules for administration of the Police.
22. Inspector-General may call for returns.
23. Omitted.
24. Omitted.
25. Omitted.
26. Police Officers to be deemed to be on duty and to be liable to employment in any part
of the State.
27. Under what conditions Police Officer may resign.
28. Police Officer not to engage in trade, etc.
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29. Certificates, arms, etc., to be delivered up by person ceasing to be a Police Officer.
30. Occupation of and liability to vacate premises provided for Police officers.
CHAPTER IV
POLICE REGULATIONS
31. Power to make orders for regulation of traffic and for preservation of order in public
place, etc.
32. Authorisation of erection of barriers on streets.
33. Power to make rules prohibiting disposal of the dead except at places set apart.
34. Power of Commissioner or the Superintendent and of other officers to give direction to
the public.
35. Power to prohibit certain acts for prevention of disorder.
36. Power to prohibit, etc., continuance of music, sound or noise.
37. Licensing use of loudspeakers, etc.
38. Issue of orders for prevention of riot, etc.
39. Issue of orders for maintenance of order at ceremonials, etc.
40. Police to provide against disorder, etc., at places of amusement and public meetings.
41. Discontinuance of use of premises by disorderly persons.
42. Special measures to prevent outbreak of epidemic disease at fair, etc.
43. Destruction of stray dogs.
44. Destruction of suffering or unfit animals.
45. Powers under this Chapter to be exercised by Superintendent subject to the control of
District Magistrate and by Commissioner and District Magistrates subject to the control
of the State Government.
CHAPTER V
SPECIAL MEASURES FOR MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY OF STATE
I. EMPLOYMENT OF ADDITIONAL POLICE, RECOVERY OF COST THEREOF AND OF
RIOT COMPENSATION, ITS ASSESSMENT AND RECOVERY.
46. Employment of additional Police on application of a person.
47. Employment of additional Police at large works and when apprehension regarding
behaviour of employees exists.
48. Recovery of cost of additional Police employed under sections 46 and 47.
49. Employment of additional Police in cases of special danger to public peace.
50. Compensation for injury caused by unlawful assembly how recoverable.
51. District Magistrate to award or to apportion compensation among persons.
52. District Magistrate to discharge functions under orders of Government.
53. Proportionate recovery of the cost of additional Police and compensation for loss
caused by unlawful assembly.
II. DISPERSAL OF GANGS AND REMOVAL OF PERSONS CONVICTED OF CERTAIN
OFFENCES.
54. Dispersal of gangs and bodies of persons.
55. Removal of persons about to commit offences.
56. Removal of persons convicted of certain offences.
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57. Period of operation of orders under sections 54, 55 or 56.
58. Hearing to be given before an order is passed under section 54, 55 or 56.
59. Appeal.
60. Finality of orders.
61. Procedure on failure of person to leave the area and his entry therein after removal.
62. Temporary permission to enter or return to the area from which a person was directed
to remove himself.
63. Powers of Government or of officers specially empowered to extern.
III. CONTROL OF CAMPS, PARADES, ETC., AND USE OF CERTAIN UNIFORMS.
64. Control of camps, parades, etc., and banning use of uniform, etc.
CHAPTER VI
EXECUTIVE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE POLICE
65. Duties of a Police Officer.
66. Power to enter places of public resort.
67. Power to search suspected persons in a street.
68. Duties of Police Officers towards the public.
69. Police to regulate traffic, etc., in streets.
70. Persons bound to conform to reasonable directions of Police.
71. Powers of Police Officer to restrain, remove, etc.
72. Enforcement of orders issued under sections 35, 36 or 38.
73. Duty of Police to see orders issued under sections 42, 54, 55, 56 or 63 are carried out.
74. When Police Officer may arrest without warrant.
75. Police to take charge of unclaimed property.
76. Police Officer may take charge of stray cattle.
77. A Superior Police Officer may himself perform duties imposed on his inferior, etc.
CHAPTER VII
PREVENTION OF GAMING
78. Opening, etc., of certain forms of gaming.
79. Keeping common gaming-house, etc.
80. Gaming in common gaming-house, etc.
81. Entry, search, etc., by police officers in gaming-house.
82. Presumptive proof of keeping or gaming in common gaming-house.
83. On conviction under sections 78, 79 and 80 instruments of gaming may be destroyed.
84. Proof of playing for money not required for conviction.
85. Indemnification of persons concerned who are examined as witnesses.
86. Payment of portion of fine to informer.
87. Gaming in public streets.
88. Power to arrest without warrant persons gaming in public places.
89. Assembling in streets for gaming.
90. Printing, publishing or distributing any news or information.
91. Offences by Companies.
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CHAPTER VIII
OFFENCES AND PUNISHMENTS
92. Punishment of certain street offences and nuisance.
93. Punishment for cruelty to animals.
94. Punishment for wilful trespass.
95. False alarm of fire or damage to fire alarm.
96. Being found under suspicious circumstances between sunset and sunrise.
97. Carrying weapon without authority.
98. Possession of property of which no satisfactory account can be given.
99. Omission by pawnbrokers, etc., to report to the Police the possession or tender of
property suspected to be stolen.
100. Melting, etc., of such property.
101. Taking pledge from a child.
102. Penalty for permitting disorderly conduct at places of public amusements, etc.
103. Penalty for contravention of orders under section 31.
104. Liability of licensee of place of public entertainment for acts of servants.
105. Penalty for not obtaining a licence or for not renewing the licence within the specified
period in respect of public entertainment.
106. Penalty for disobedience to order under section 30.
107. Penalty for contravening rules, etc., under sections 33 or 34.
108. Penalty for contravention of rules or directions under section 35, 38 or 39.
109. Penalty for contravening orders under sections 36 or 37.
110. Penalty for contravening direction under section 40 or order under section 41.
111. Penalty for contravention of a regulation made under section 42.
112. Penalty for contravening directions under section 70.
113. Penalty for contravention of directions under sections 54, 55, 56 or 63.
114. Penalty for entering area from which person has been directed to remove himself.
115. Penalty for failure to surrender in accordance with sub-section (3) of section 62.
116. Penalty for contravention of orders under section 64.
117. Neglect or refusal to serve as Special Police Officer.
118. Penalty for making false statement, etc., and for misconduct of Police Officer.
119. Penalty for failure to deliver up certificate of appointment or of office or other article.
120. Vexatious entry, search, arrest, etc., by a Police Officer.
121. Penalty for vexations delay in forwarding a person arrested.
122. Penalty for opposing or not complying with direction given under section 72.
123. Penalty for causing disaffection, etc.
124. Jurisdiction when offender is a Police Officer above the rank of a constable.
125. Penalty for unauthorised use of police uniform.
126. Prosecution for certain offences against the Act to be in the discretion of the Police.
127. Summary disposal of certain cases.
128. Prosecution for offences under other enactments not affected.
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CHAPTER IX
VILLAGE POLICE
129. Constitution of village police.
130. Administration, control and direction of village police in whom vested.
131. Power to delegate.
132. Village Police in village to be under charge of Police Patel.
133. Duties of Police Patel.
134. Authority over the village servants.
135. Precautions against robbery, etc.
136. Information received regarding commission of cognizable offences.
137. Penalties for neglect of duty and punishment.
138. Liability to criminal prosecution not affected.
139. Information to Officer in charge of police station, when a criminal in the village has
escaped or is not known.
140. Information regarding unnatural or sudden death or corpse found in the village.
141. Police Patel to arrest person whom he believes to have committed a cognizable
offence and forward him to the Police station, etc.
142. Unclaimed property.
143. Provision in case of absence, sudden illness, etc., of Police Patel.
CHAPTER X
STATE RESERVE POLICE FORCE
144. Definitions.
145. Constitution of the State Reserve Police Force.
146. Superintendence, control and administration of Force.
147. Enrolment.
148. Transfers.
149. Certificate of appointment.
150. General powers of Commandant.
151. General duties of members of the State Reserve Police Force.
152. Reserve Police Officer to be deemed to be in charge of police station.
153. Offence in respect of resignation contrary to provisions.
154. Offence in respect of refusal to deliver certificate of appointment, etc.
155. More heinous offences.
156. Less heinous offences.
157. Reserve Police Officer in command to give information of offences committed under
the Act by Reserve Police Officer under his charge.
158. Place of imprisonment and liability to dismissal on imprisonment.
159. Minor punishments.
160. Protection for acts of members of Force.
161. Reserve Police Officer to be a Police Officer.
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CHAPTER XI
MISCELLANEOUS
162. Disposal of fees, rewards, etc.
163. Power of Government to make rules.
164. Method of proving orders and notifications.
165. Rules and orders not invalidated by defect in form or irregularity in procedure.
166. Presumptions in prosecutions for contravention of directions issued under sections 54,
55, 56 or 63.
167. Officers holding charge of, or succeeding to, vacancies competent to exercise powers.
168. Forfeiture of bond entered into by person permitted to enter or return to the area from
which he was directed to remove himself.
169. Protection of magistrate, police officer or public servant.
170. Suits or prosecutions in respect of acts done under colour of duty as aforesaid not to
be entertained without sanction of Government.
171. Licences and permissions to specify conditions, etc., and to be signed.
172. Public notices how to be given.
173. Consent, etc., of a competent authority may be proved by writing under his signature.
174. Signature on notices, etc., may be stamped.
175. Saving in respect of rescission of certain provisions.
176. Saving of games of skill.
177. Persons interested may apply to Government to annul, reverse or alter any order.
178. Repeal and savings.
179. Power to remove difficulties.
SCHEDULE I.
SCHEDULE II.
SCHEDULE III.
SCHEDULE IV.
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STATEMENTS OF OBJECTS AND REASONS
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Act 4 of 1964.- At present in the different Areas of the State there are different laws for
the regulation of police force, the maintenance of public order and allied matters and also for
the prevention of gambling. It is proposed to have one uniform law on these subjects for the
entire State. Hence this Bill.
The following are the important provisions of the Bill, namely:—
(1) provision is made for the appointment of a police officer not below the rank of a
Deputy Inspector-General of Police to be the Commissioner of Police for the City of
Bangalore or any other area specified in a notification;
(2) the administration of the police in a district or part of a district will, under the general
control and direction of the District Magistrate, be vested in the Superintendent of Police;
(3) the Divisional Commissioner is empowered—
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(a) to issue directions with respect to the police force in any district within his division
which the District Magistrate might issue;
(b) to invite the attention of the Inspector-General to defects in the police
administration of his division; and
(c) to call upon the District Magistrate for reports on the state of crime, the distribution
of the police force therein and the arrangements for suppression of crime and disorder and
to issue orders thereon;
(4) the Commissioner, the Superintendent, the Assistant Superintendent, the Deputy
Superintendent, or any magistrate of the first class having jurisdiction in the area, have been
empowered to prohibit the continuance of music, sound or noise, for preventing annoyance,
disturbance, discomfort, or injury or risk to the public or any persons who dwell or occupy
property in the vicinity;
(5) the Superintendent or other authorised officer is empower to license the use of
loudspeakers, etc.;
(6) provision is made for the dispersal from an area, of gangs and bodies of persons,
whose movements are likely to cause danger or alarm; for removal from any area of persons
about to commit certain offences; and for removal from any area of persons convicted of
certain offences;
(7) provisions for the prevention of gambling;
(8) provisions regarding village police and provisions for the constitution,
superintendence, direction and control, etc., of the State Reserve Police Force.
(Published in Karnataka Gazette (Extraordinary) Part IV-2A dated 26th July, 1962, at
page. 481-482.
II
Amending Act 13 of 1965.— [By this Act amendments were made to the Code of
Criminal Procedure to give effect to the separation of judicial and executive functions of the
State. While doing so certain consequential amendments were made to this Act]
III
Amending Act 7 of 1974.—Government of Karnataka have permitted the Bangalore Turf
Club Limited, to introduce the system of “Off-course Betting” through a reciprocal
arrangement with the Royal Western India Turf Club Limited, Bombay, from 19th May, 1973.
Off-course Betting would help to:
(a) eliminate illegal betting;
(b) increase the revenue of the State Government as well as that of the Bangalore Turf
Club;
(c) create employment opportunities and encourage other indirect economic activity; and
(d) develop horse breeding in the State.
2. Betting Tax will be collected by the Government of the State in which the bets are
accepted. The Club will earn revenue by way of Book-makers’ stall fees and commission on
book bets.
3. It is expected that Government will get an additional revenues of Rupees 5 lakhs a
year.
4. Introduction of ‘Off-course Betting’ requires amendment of the Mysore Race Courses
Licensing Act, 1952 and the Mysore Betting Tax Act, 1932.
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5. As the races commenced at Bombay on 18th November 1973 and the State Legislative
Council was not in Session at that time, an Ordinance viz., Karnataka Ordinance No. 9 of
1973 had to be promulgated to meet this contingency.
6. The present Bill seeks to replace the said Ordinance.
Hence the Bill.
(Published in Karnataka Gazette (Extraordinary) Part IV-2A, dated 2nd March, 1974, as
No. 426, at page. 4.)
IV
Amending Act of 18 of 1975.—Orders to be made by the Commissioner of Police and
the District Magistrate under clauses (a) and (b) of sub-section (1) of section 31 of the
Mysore Police Act, 1963 are subject to the control of the Government, but orders under other
clauses are subject to the previous sanction of Government. It is considered sufficient if
orders other than those under clauses (d), (v), (w), (x) and (y) are subject to the control of
Government. It is therefore proposed to amend sub-section (2).
Since it will be necessary to extend under section 92 the provisions relating to street
offences and nuisance permanently to certain places, it is proposed to amend sub-section
(2) of this section.
The other amendments proposed are of a minor nature.—
(Obtained from Notification No. 9902-LA, dated 17th July 1967 (File LAW 56 LGN 72))
V
Amending Act 41 of 1981.—In the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, section
489 spells out clearly that it shall be the duty of every Police Officer to assist the lawful
authority of the Corporation in exercising its powers. However, no similar provision exists in
the other enactments dealing with other local authorities such as Slum Clearance and
Improvement Board, Bangalore Development Authority, Improvement Boards, etc. All these
institutions have to exercise power in demolishing the unauthorised constructions which take
place either within their jurisdiction or on the planned lay-outs or areas declared for Slum
Clearance etc. The Police Department however finds it difficult to help the officers of these
Boards and Authorities by sending police force in the absence of clear provisions in the
enactments to the effect that police shall help these authorities.
There is thus need to incorporate a provision similar to section 489 of the said Act, 1976
in all the relevant enactments governing the other local bodies. As this involves amendment
to a number of enactments, it is considered appropriate to amend only the Karnataka Police
Act, 1963 by incorporating a provision in it, defining the term ‘local authority’ to cover all
types of local bodies and also a provision similar to section 489 of the said Act.
Hence the Bill.
(Published in the Karnataka Gazette (Extraordinary), Part IV-2A, dated 24th June, 1981,
as No. 478, p. 4.)
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Amending Act 14 of 1990.— [By this Act State Civil Services Act, 1978 was enacted and
certain minor consequential amendments were made to this Act]
VII
Amending Act 6 of 1998.—The Hon’ble High Court in the Case No. CCC (Crl) 9\97 has
directed all the concerned departments of State Government to take necessary steps to
preserve and maintain Cubbon Park at Bangalore City, which is having rich cultural and
historical heritage. It has also directed the Horticulture Department to put up prominent
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boards in the Park that the persons who indulged in activities like parking of the vehicles
wherever they like, damaging the trees and plants, plucking flowers and fruits, driving the
vehicles at abnormal speed, littering etc., in contravention of the regulations will be liable to
fine of Rs. 500/-.
Under section 34(d) of the Karnataka Police Act, 1963, the Commissioner of Police,
Superintendent of Police and other Police Officers have power to issue orders from time to
time to keep order in all streets and other places of public resort.
Contravention of any order made under section 34(d) is punishable under section 107
with fine up to Rs. 200/-. In view of the direction of the High Court in the aforesaid case the
maximum limit of fine is required to be enhanced to Rs. 500/-.
Therefore, it is considered necessary to amend the Karnataka Police Act, 1963 to
enhance the maximum amount of fine from Rupees 200/- to Rupees 500/- by amending
section 107 of the said Act.
As the matter was urgent and the Karnataka Legislative Council was not in session the
Karnataka Police (Amendment) Ordinance, 1997 (Karnataka Ordinance 5 of 1997) was
promulgated to achieve the above object.
This Bill seeks to replace the said Ordinance.
(Published in the Karnataka Gazette (Extraordinary), Part IV-2A, dated 19th March, 1998,
as No. 305, p. 2.)
VIII
Amending Act 2 of 2003.- In order to protect the non-smoking public from the hazards
of passive smoking it is considered necessary to prohibit tobacco smoking, to start with at
least in a few selected places, like places of public work or use and in public service
vehicles, where large number of people are present for prolonged periods.
Promotion of smoking through advertisements needs to be discouraged and the health of
the younger generation. Particularly children, also needs to be protected from the ill-effects
of tobacco smoking by prohibiting sale of cigarettes, etc., to persons below 18 years and
sale, distribution or storing of such products within the premises of any Hospital, Health
Institution, Public Office, court, Library, Place of worship, College, School or other Institution.
Hence the Bill.
(Obtained from file No. Samvyashaye 34 Shasana 2001)
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[KARNATAKA ACT]1 No. 4 OF 1964
(First published in the 1[Karnataka Gazette11 on the Thirteenth
day of February, 1964.)
THE 1[KARNATAKA]1 POLICE ACT, 1963.
(Received the assent of the President on the Eighteenth day of
January, 1964)
(As Amended by Karnataka Acts 13 of 1965, 7 of 1974, 18 of 1975,
41 of 1981, 14 of 1990, 6 of 1998 and 2 of 2003)
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(As on 1.11.2004)
An Act to provide for a uniform law for the regulation of the Police Force, the maintenance
of public order and other matters in the 1[State of Karnataka]1.
WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for a uniform law for the regulation of the Police Force
in the 1[State of Karnataka]1, for the exercise of powers and performance of functions by the
State Government and by the members of the said force, for the maintenance of public
order, for the prevention of gaming, and for certain other purposes hereinafter appearing;
BE it enacted by the 1[Karnataka]1 State Legislature in the Fourteenth Year of the
Republic of India as follows:—
1.
Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973
CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
1. Short title, extent and commencement.—(1) This Act may be called the 1[Karnataka]1
Police Act, 1963.
(2) It extends to the whole of the 1[State of Karnataka]1.
(3) It shall come into force on such 2[date]2 as the State Government may, by notification
in the Official Gazette, appoint.
1.
2.
Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973
Act came into force w.e.f. 2.4.1965 vide Notification No. HD 21 PEG 65 dt. 1965
2. Definitions.—In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—
(1) “cattle” means cows, bullocks, bulls, calves, buffaloes, elephants, camels, horses,
mares, geldings, ponies, colts, fillies, asses, mules, pigs, rams, ewes, sheep, lambs, goats
and kids;
(2) “City of Bangalore” means the area within the limits of the City of Bangalore as
defined for the time being in the City of Bangalore Municipal Corporation Act, 1949 (Mysore
Act LXIX of 1949) and includes such other areas adjacent to such limits 1[x x x]1 as the
Government may from time to time by notification in the Official Gazette specify;
(3) “common gaming-house” means a building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel or
place in which any instruments of gaming are kept or used for the profit or gain of the person
owning, occupying, or keeping such building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel or place,
or of the person using such building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel or place, whether
he has a right to use the same or not, such profit or gain being either by way of a charge for
the use of the instruments of gaming or of the building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel
or place, or otherwise howsoever or as subscription or other payment for the use of facilities
along with the use of the instruments of gaming or of the building, room, tent, enclosure,
vehicle, vessel or place for purposes of gaming;
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Explanation.—In this clause “person” includes a company, association, club or other
body of persons whether incorporated or not.
(4) the expression “competent authority” when used with reference to the exercise or
performance of any power, duty or function under the provisions of this Act, means,—
(a) in relation to the City of Bangalore and other areas for which a Commissioner of
Police is appointed under section 7, the Commissioner;
(b) in relation to the areas other than those referred to in clause (a), the District
Magistrate or the Superintendent or the Additional Superintendent, or, the Assistant or
Deputy Superintendent when specially empowered in that behalf by the Government;
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[(5) ‘district’ means any area which the Government may by notification specify to be a
district for the purpose of this Act and where no such-area has been so specified, a territorial
division constituting the district for the purposes of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973, but
does not include the City of Bangalore or any area specified under sub-section (1) of section
7;]1
1. Substituted by Act 18 of 1975 w.e.f. 15.5.1975
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[(6) x x x]1
1.Omitted by Act 18 of 1995 w.e.f. 15.5.1975
(7) “gaming” does not include a lottery but includes all forms of wagering or betting in
connection with any game of chance, except wagering or betting on a horse-race 1[run on
any race course within or outside the State]1, when such wagering or betting takes place,—
1.
Inserted by Act 7 of 1974 w.e.f. 29.11.1973
(i) on the day on which such race is run; and
[(ii) in an enclosure set apart for the purpose in a race course by the licensee of such
race course under the terms of the licence issued under section 4 of the Mysore Race
Courses Licensing Act, 1952 (Mysore Act VIII of 1952); and]1
1. Substituted by Act 7 of 1974 w.e.f. 29.11.1973
(iii) between any person being present in such enclosure, on the one hand and such
licensee or other person licensed by such licensee in terms of the aforesaid licence on the
other in such manner and by such contrivance as may be permitted by such licence.
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Explanation.—In this clause,—
(i) ‘wagering or betting,’ includes the collection or soliciting of bets, the receipt or
distribution of winnings or prizes, in money or otherwise, in respect of any act which is
intended to aid or facilitate wagering or betting or such collection, soliciting, receipt or
distribution;
(ii) ‘game of chance’ includes a game of chance and skill combined and a pretended
game of chance or of chance and skill combined, but does not include any athletic game or
sport;
(8) “Government” means the State Government;
(9) “Head Constable” means an officer of and above the rank of a Constable and a
“Constable” means a Police Officer of the lowest grade;
(10) “Inspector-General”, “Commissioner”, “Deputy Inspector-General”, “Deputy
Commissioner”, “Assistant Commissioner”, “Superintendent”, “Additional Superintendent”,
“Assistant Superintendent”, and “Deputy Superintendent” mean respectively, the InspectorGeneral of Police, a Commissioner of Police, a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, a
Deputy Commissioner of Police, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, a Superintendent of
Police, an Additional Superintendent of Police, an Assistant Superintendent of Police and a
Deputy Superintendent of Police appointed or deemed to be appointed under this Act;
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(11) “instruments of gaming” includes any article used or intended to be used as a
subject, or means of gaming, any document used or intended to be used as a register or
record or evidence of any gaming, the proceeds of any gaming and any winnings or prizes in
money or otherwise distributed or intended to be distributed in respect of any gaming;
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[(11-A) ‘local authority’ means a corporation established or continued under the
Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976 (Karnataka Act 14 of 1977), a municipal
council, or a notified area committee or a sanitary board established or deemed to have
been established or continued under the Karnataka Municipalities Act, 1964 (Karnataka Act
22 of 1964) or under any other law, the Bangalore Development Authority constituted under
the Bangalore Development Authority Act, 1976 (Karnataka Act 12 of 1976), the City
Improvement Board, Mysore constituted under the City of Mysore Improvement Act, 1903
(Mysore Act 3 of 1903), an Improvement Board constituted under the Karnataka
Improvement Boards Act, 1976 (Karnataka Act 11 of 1976), a planning authority constituted
under the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961 (Karnataka Act 11 of 1963), the
Karnataka Slum Clearance Board constituted under the Karnataka Slum Area (Improvement
and Clearance) Act, 1973 (Karnataka Act 33 of 1974) and such other authority as the State
Government may from time to time by notification declare.]1
1.Clause (11A) Inserted by Act 41 of 1981 w.e.f. 6.6.1981
(12) “municipality” means a municipality constituted or deemed to be constituted under
any law relating to municipalities for the time being in force in the 1[State of Karnataka]1 or
any part thereof;
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Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973
(13) “place” includes a building, a tent, a booth or other erection, whether permanent or
temporary, or any area whether enclosed or open;
(14) “place of public amusement” means any place, where music, singing, dancing, or
any diversion, or game, or the means of carrying on the same is provided and to which the
public are admitted and includes a race course, circus, theatre, music hall, billiard room,
bagatelle room, gymnasium, fencing school, swimming pool or dancing hall;
(15) “place of public entertainment” means any place to which the public are admitted and
where any kind of food or drink is supplied for consumption on the premises by any person
owning or having an interest in or managing such place and includes a refreshment room,
eating house, coffee house, liquor house, boarding house, lodging house, hotel, tavern, or a
shop where wine, beer, spirit, arrack, toddy, ganja, or other kind of liquor or intoxicant or any
kind of food or drink is supplied to the public for consumption in or near such shop;
(16) “police officer” means any member of the police force appointed or deemed to be
appointed under this Act and includes a special or an additional police officer appointed
under section 19 or 20;
(17) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules;
(18) “public place” includes the foreshore, the precincts of every public building or
monument, and all places accessible to the public for drawing water, washing or bathing or
for the purpose of recreation;
(19) “rules” means rules made under this Act;
(20) “street” includes any highway, bridge, way over a causeway, viaduct, arch, quay or
wharf or any road, lane, footway, square, court, alley or passage accessible to the public,
whether a thoroughfare or not;
(21) “Subordinate Police” means members of the Police Force of and below the rank of
Inspector;
(22) “Superior Police” means members of the Police Force above the rank of Inspector;
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(23) “vehicle” means any carriage, cart, van, dray, truck, hand-cart or other conveyance of
any description and includes a bicycle, tricycle, a rickshaw, an automatic car, a vessel or an
aeroplane.
(24) Words and expressions not defined in this Act and which are defined in the Code of
Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Central Act V of 1898), shall have the same meaning as in that
Code.
CHAPTER II
SUPERINTENDENCE, CONTROL AND ORGANISATION OF THE POLICE FORCE
3. One Police Force for the whole State.—There shall be one Police Force 1[including
the State Reserve Police Force established under section 145]1 for the whole of the State:
State Provided that the members of the Police Forces constituted under any of the Acts
mentioned in Schedule I, immediately before coming into force of this Act, shall be deemed
to be the members of the said Police Force.
1. Inserted by Act 18 of 1975 w.e.f. 15.5.1975
4. Superintendence of Police Force to vest in the Government.—The
superintendence of the Police Force throughout the State vests in and is exercisable by the
Government and any control, direction or supervision exercisable by any officer over any
member of the Police Force shall be exercisable subject to such superintendence.
5. Constitution of Police Force.—Subject to 1[x x x]1 the provisions of this Act,—
(a) the Police Force shall consist of such number in the several ranks and have such
organisation and such powers, functions and duties as the Government may by general or
special order determine;
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[(b) and proviso x x x]1
1.
Omitted by Act 14 of 1990 w.e.f. 2.4.1992
6. Inspector-General and Deputy Inspector-General.—(1) For the direction and
supervision of the Police Force, the Government shall appoint an Inspector-General of
Police who shall subject to the control of the State Government exercise such powers and
perform such functions and duties and shall have such responsibilities and such authority as
may be provided by or under this Act.
(2) (a) The Government may appoint such number of Deputy Inspectors-General as it
may deem fit.
(b) The Government may direct that any of the powers, functions, duties and
responsibilities and authority of the Inspector-General may be exercised, performed or
discharged, by a Deputy Inspector-General.
(c) The Government may also by a general or special order direct that the Deputy
Inspector-General shall assist and aid the Inspector-General in the performance, exercise
and discharge of his powers, functions, duties, responsibilities and authority in such manner
and to such extent as may be specified in the order.
7. Commissioner.—(1) The Government may appoint a Police Officer not below the rank
of a Deputy Inspector-General of Police to be the Commissioner of Police for the City of
Bangalore or any other area specified in a notification issued by the Government in this
behalf and published in the official Gazette.
(2) The Commissioner shall exercise such powers, perform such functions and duties and
shall have such responsibilities and authority as are provided by or under this Act or as may
otherwise be directed by the Government by a general or special order:
Provided that the Government may direct that any of the powers, functions, duties,
responsibilities or authority exercisable or to be performed or discharged by the
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Commissioner shall be exercised, performed or discharged subject to the control of the
Inspector-General:
Provided also that in any area for which a Commissioner is appointed and is empowered
to exercise any power or perform any function or duty under this Act, the District Magistrate
shall not exercise the same power or perform the same function or duty notwithstanding the
fact that such area forms part of a District within the territorial jurisdiction of the District
Magistrate:
Provided further that the area for which a Commissioner has been appointed, under this
section shall not, unless otherwise provided by or under this Act, be under the charge of a
Superintendent for any of the purposes of this Act, notwithstanding the fact that such, area
forms part of a district within the territorial jurisdiction for which a Superintendent may have
been appointed.
8. Appointment of Superintendent, Additional, Assistant and Deputy
Superintendents.—(1) The Government may appoint for each district or for a part of a
district or for one or more districts a Superintendent and one or more Additional
Superintendents and such Assistant and Deputy Superintendents of Police, as it may think
expedient.
(2) The Government may, by a general or special order, empower an Additional
Superintendent to exercise and perform in the district for which he is appointed or in any
parts thereof, all or any of the powers, functions or duties to be exercised or performed by a
Superintendent under this Act or under any law for the time being in force.
(3) The Superintendent may, with the previous sanction of the Government, delegate any
of the powers and functions conferred on him by or under this Act to an Assistant or Deputy
Superintendent.
9. Appointment of Superintendents for wireless system and motor transport
system or for any special duty.—The Government may appoint for the whole of the 1[State
of Karnataka]1 or any part thereof one or more Superintendents of Police as it may think fit,—
(1) for the police wireless system;
(2) for the police Motor Transport system; or
(3) for the Railway Police; or
(4) for the performance of such specific duties as the Government may from time to time
determine in this behalf,
and the Superintendent so appointed shall exercise such powers and perform such functions
as the Government may from time to time assign to him provided that such powers and
functions shall be exercised or performed subject to the control of the Inspector-General.
1. Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973
10. Principal, Police Training School or College.—The Government may appoint any
Police Officer not below the rank of a Superintendent to be the Principal of a Police Training
School, or College, and may assign to him such powers, functions and duties as it may think
fit.
11. Deputies and Assistants to the Commissioner.—(1) The Government may appoint
one or more Deputy Commissioners not below the rank of a Superintendent and one or
more Assistant Commissioners of Police not below the rank of an Assistant Superintendent
or Deputy Superintendent in the City of Bangalore or in any area in which a Commissioner
has been appointed under sub-section (1) of section 7.
(2) Every such Deputy or Assistant Commissioner shall, under the orders of the
Commissioner, exercise and perform any of the powers, functions and duties of the
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Commissioner to be exercised or performed by him under the provisions of this Act or any
other law for the time being in force, in accordance with the general or special orders of the
Government made in this behalf:
Provided that the powers to be exercised by the Commissioner of making, altering or
rescinding rules under section 31 shall not be exercisable by a Deputy or Assistant
Commissioner.
12. Appointment of subordinate police.—Subject to such rules as the Government may
from time to time make, the appointment of Police Officers of and below the rank of
Inspectors shall be made by the prescribed authority.
13. Certificates of appointment.—(1) Every Police Officer of and below the grade of
Inspector shall, on appointment receive a certificate in the form provided in Schedule I. The
certificate shall be issued under the seal of such officer as the Government may by general
or special order direct.
(2) A certificate of appointment shall become null and void whenever the person named
therein ceases to belong to the Police Force or shall remain inoperative during the period
within which such person is suspended from such force.
14. Effect of suspension of Police Officer.—The powers, functions and privileges
vested in a Police Officer shall remain suspended whilst such Police Officer is under
suspension from office:
Provided that notwithstanding such suspension such person shall not cease to be a
Police Officer and shall continue to be subject to the control of the same authorities to which
he would have been, if he was not under suspension.
15. General powers of Commissioner and Superintendent.—The Commissioner,
subject to the orders of the Inspector-General of Police and the Superintendent, subject to
the orders of the Inspector-General and the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, shall within
their respective spheres of authority, direct and regulate all matters of arms, drill, exercise,
observation of persons and events, mutual relations, distribution of duties, study of laws,
orders and modes of proceedings and all matters of executive detail or the fulfilment of their
duties by the Police Force under him.
16. Superintendent of Police to be the head of the Police in the district, subject to
the general control of the District Magistrate.—(1) The Superintendent of Police shall be
the head of the police in the district or part of the district for which he is appointed as
Superintendent.
(2) The administration of the Police in a district or part of a district by the Superintendent
of Police shall be subject to the general control of the District Magistrate of the District.
(3) In exercising such control, the District Magistrate shall be governed by such rules and
orders as the Government may make in this behalf.
17. Power of District Magistrate to require reports from Superintendent.—The
District Magistrate may require from the Superintendent reports, either particular or general,
on any matter connected with the crimes, habitual offenders, the prevention of disorder, the
regulation of assemblies and amusements, the distribution of the Police Force, the conduct
and character of any Police Officer subordinate to the Superintendent, the utilization of
auxiliary means and all other matters in furtherance of his control of the Police Force and the
maintenance of order.
18. Power of supervision by District Magistrates.—If the District Magistrate observes
any marked incompetence or unfitness for the locality or for his particular duties, in any
Police Officer subordinate to the Superintendent, he may require the Superintendent to
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substitute another officer for any officer whom he has power to transfer and the
Superintendent shall be bound to comply with the requisition:
Provided that if the Police Officer concerned is an officer of the grade not below that of an
Inspector, the District Magistrate may report his conduct to the Inspector-General. The
Inspector-General may, thereafter, determine the action to be taken and pass such orders as
he thinks fit, and shall communicate such action or order to the District Magistrate.
19. Special Police Officers.—(1) Whenever it shall appear on an application of any
Police Officer not below the rank of Sub-Inspector, that any unlawful assembly or riot or
disturbance of the peace has taken place or may be reasonably apprehended in any place
and that the Police force ordinarily employed in the place is not sufficient for its preservation
and for the protection of the inhabitants and the security of property in the place, the
Commissioner, the Superintendent or any First Class Magistrate, or any other Magistrate
specially empowered in this behalf by Government, may by a written order signed by himself
and sealed with his own seal appoint any able-bodied male person, whom he considers fit
and who is between the ages of eighteen and fifty and resident in any neighbourhood to be a
Special Police Officer to assist the Police Force, during such time and within such limits as
the Commissioner, the Superintendent or Magistrate shall deem necessary.
(2) Every Special Police Officer so appointed shall on appointment,—
(a) receive a certificate in a form approved by the Government in this behalf.
(b) have the same powers, privileges and immunities and be liable to the same duties
and responsibilities and subject to the same authorities as an ordinary Police Officer.
20. Appointment of additional Police.—(1) Additional Police Officers of such rank or
grade for such time and on such pay as the authority specified by or under the provisions of
this Act in that behalf may determine may be employed or deputed for the purpose stated in
such provisions.
(2) Every additional Police Officer appointed, shall on appointment,—
(a) receive a certificate in a form approved by the Government in this behalf;
(b) be vested with all or such of the powers, privileges and duties of a Police Officer,
as are specially mentioned in the certificate; and
(c) be subject to the orders of the Commissioner or the Superintendent, as the case
may be.
(3) The employment or deputation of such additional Police Officer may be made at the
request of any person requiring such Police and the cost of such employment shall be
recovered in such manner as is provided by or under this Act or under any other law for the
time being in force.
CHAPTER III
REGULATION, CONTROL AND DISCIPLINE OF THE POLICE FORCE
21. Framing of rules for administration of the Police.—Subject to the orders of the
Government, the Inspector-General may make rules or orders not inconsistent with this Act
or with any other enactment for the time being in force,—
(a) regulating the inspection of the Police Force by his subordinates;
(b) determining the description and quantity of arms, accoutrements, clothing and other
necessaries to be furnished to the Police;
(c) prescribing the places of residence of members of the Police Force;
(d) for the institution, management and regulation of any Police fund for any purpose
connected with Police administration;
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(e) regulating, subject to the provisions of section 16, the distribution, movements and
location of the Police;
(f) assigning duties to Police Officers of all ranks and grades and prescribing,—
(i) the manner in which, and
(ii) the conditions subject to which,
they shall exercise and perform their respective powers and duties;
(g) regulating the collection and communication by the Police of intelligence and
information;
(h) generally, for the purpose of rendering the Police efficient and preventing abuse or
neglect of their duties;
(i) prescribing the books and registers to be maintained and the returns to be submitted
by the several Police Officers.
22. Inspector-General may call for returns.—The Inspector-General may, subject to the
rules and orders of the Government, call for such returns, reports and statements on
subjects connected with the suppression of crime, the maintenance of order and
performance of their duties as his subordinates may be able to furnish to him. The InspectorGeneral shall communicate to the District Magistrate any general orders issued by him for
the purpose aforesaid or in consequence of the information furnished to him and also any
orders, which the Government may direct.
1
[23. x x x
24. x x x
25. x x x]1
1. Omitted by Act 14 of 1990 w.e.f. 2.4.1992
26. Police Officers to be deemed to be on duty and to be liable to employment in
any part of the State.—(1) Every Police Officer, not on leave or under suspension, shall for
all purposes of this Act, be deemed to be always on duty and any Police Officer or any
member or body of Police Officers allocated for duty in one part of the State may, if the
Government or the Inspector-General so directs at any time, be employed on police duty in
any other part of the State, for so long as the services of the same may be there required.
(2) Timely intimation shall, except in cases of extreme urgency, be given to the
Commissioner, the District Magistrate and the Deputy Inspector-General by the InspectorGeneral of any proposed direction to any number or body of Police Officers under subsection (1) and except, where secrecy is necessary, the reasons for such direction shall be
explained; whereupon the officers aforesaid and their subordinates shall give all reasonable
furtherance to such direction.
27. Under what conditions Police Officer may resign.—(1) Except with the written
permission of the Commissioner, the Deputy Inspector-General or of some other Police
Officer empowered by the Inspector-General in this behalf, no Police Officer of or below the
rank of Inspector shall resign his office or withdraw himself from the duties thereof:
Provided that subject to the provisions of sub-section (2) no such permission shall be
granted to any such Police Officer until he has fully discharged any debt due by him as such
Police Officer to Government or to any Police Fund.
(2) If any such Police Officer produces a certificate signed by the prescribed Medical
Officer in the district declaring him to be unfit by reason of disease, or mental or physical
incapacity for further service in the Police, the necessary written permission to resign shall
forthwith be granted to him on his discharging or giving satisfactory security for the payment
of any debt due by him as such Police Officer to the Government or to any Police Fund.
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(3) If any such Police Officer, as aforesaid, resigns or withdraws himself from the duties of
his office in contravention of this section, he shall be liable on the order of the InspectorGeneral of Police or of the Commissioner to forfeit all arrears of pay then due to him. This
forfeiture shall be in addition to the penalty to which the said officer is liable under section
118 of this Act, or any other law in force.
28. Police Officer not to engage in trade, etc.—(1) Without the permission of the
Commissioner, or the Inspector-General or Deputy Inspector-General or of Government, as
the case may be, no Police Officer shall engage in trade or be in any way concerned either
as principal or as agent in any dealing in land or in any commercial transaction whatever or
bid for property sold by order of a criminal court, or have money transactions with any other
Police Officer.
(2) No Police Officer shall, unless with the written permission of the Inspector-General, hold
any office or practice in any profession or engage in any employment whatever other than his
office or duties as such Police Officer.
Explanation.—The prohibitions in sub-sections (1) and (2) shall apply when a Police
Officer is on leave or under suspension as well as when he is on duty.
29. Certificate, arms, etc., to be delivered up by person ceasing to be a Police
Officer.—(1) Every person who for any reason ceases to be a Police Officer shall forthwith
deliver up to the officer empowered by the Commissioner or the Deputy Inspector-General,
or the Principal of the Police Training School, or College, or the Superintendent, to whom
such Police Officer is subordinate, to receive the same, his certificate of appointment or of
office and the arms, accoutrements clothing and other necessaries which have been
furnished to him for the performance of duties and functions connected with his office.
(2) Any Magistrate, and, for special reasons, which shall be recorded in writing at the
time, the Commissioner or the Deputy Inspector-General, or the Principal of the Police
Training School, or College, any Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, or Deputy
Superintendent may issue a warrant to search for and seize, wherever they may be found,
any certificate, arms, accoutrements, clothing or other necessaries not so delivered up.
Every warrant issued shall be executed in accordance with the provisions of the Code of
Criminal Procedure, 1898, by a Police Officer, or if the Magistrate, the Commissioner, the
Deputy Inspector-General, the Principal of the Police Training School, or College, the
Superintendent, or the Assistant Superintendent, or Deputy Superintendent, issuing the
warrant so directs, by any other person.
(3) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to apply to any article, which, under the orders
of the Inspector-General, or the Commissioner, as the case may be, has become the
property of the person to whom the same was furnished.
30. Occupation of and liability to vacate premises provided for Police Officers.—(1)
Any Police Officer occupying any premises provided by the Government for his residence,—
(a) shall occupy the same subject to such conditions and terms as may, generally or in
special cases, be specified by the Government, and
(b) shall, notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force,
vacate the same on his ceasing to be a Police Officer, or whenever the Government in this
behalf thinks it necessary and expedient to require him to do so.
(2) If any person who is bound or required under sub-section (1), to vacate any premises
fails to do so, the Government or any officer authorised by it in this behalf may order such
person to vacate the premises and may direct any Police Officer with such assistance as
may be necessary to enter upon the premises and remove therefrom any person found
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therein and to take possession of the premises and deliver the same to any person specified
in the direction.
CHAPTER IV
POLICE REGULATIONS
31. Power to make orders for regulation of traffic and for preservation of order in
public places, etc.—(1) The Commissioner and the District Magistrate, in areas under their
respective charges or any part thereof, may make, alter or rescind orders not inconsistent
with this Act, for,—
(a) licensing and controlling persons offering themselves for employment at quays,
wharves and landing places, bus stands and outside railway stations, for the carriage of
passengers’ baggages, and fixing and providing for the enforcement of a scale of charges
for the labour of such persons so employed;
(b) regulating the conditions under which vehicles may remain standing in streets and
public places, and the use of streets as halting places for vehicles or cattle;
(c) prescribing the number and position of lights to be used on vehicles in streets and
the hours between which such lights shall be used;
(d) licensing, controlling or prohibiting the display of any pictures, advertisements,
news boards, or public notices upon a vessel or boat in territorial waters or on inland
waterways other than national waterways;
(e) prescribing certain hours of the day during which animals shall not be driven along
the streets or along certain specified streets, except subject to such regulations as he may
prescribe in that behalf;
(f) regulating the leading, driving, conducting or conveying of any elephant or wild or
dangerous animal through or in any street or public place;
(g) regulating and controlling the manner and mode of conveying timber, scaffold
poles, ladders, iron girders, beams or bars, boilers or other unwieldy articles through the
streets, and the route and hours for such conveyance;
(h) licensing, controlling or, in order to prevent obstruction, inconvenience, annoyance,
risk, danger or damage to the residents or passengers in the vicinity, prohibiting the carrying
in streets and public places of gunpowder or any other explosive substance;
(i) prohibiting, except along certain specified streets and during specified hours and
subject to such regulations as he may prescribe in that behalf, the exposure or movement in
any street of persons or animals suffering from contagious or infectious diseases and the
carcasses of animals or parts thereof and the corpses of persons deceased;
(j) prescribing certain hours of the day during which ordure or offensive matter or
objects shall not be taken from or into houses or buildings in certain streets or conveyed
through such streets except subject to such rules as he may make in that behalf;
(k) setting apart places for the slaughtering of animals, the cleaning of carcases or
hides, the deposit of noxious or offensive matter and for obeying calls of nature;
(l) in cases of existing or apprehended epidemic or infectious diseases of men or
animals or birds, the cleanliness and disinfections of premises by the occupier thereof and
residents therein and the segregation and management of the persons or animals deceased
or supposed to be deceased, as may have been directed or approved by the Government
with a view to prevent the disease or to check the spreading thereof;
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(m) directing the closing or disuse, wholly or for certain purposes, or limiting to certain
purposes only the use of any source, supply or receptacle of water, and providing against
pollution of the same or of the water therein;
(n) licensing, controlling or, in order to prevent obstruction, inconvenience, annoyance,
risk, danger or damage to the residents or passengers in the vicinity, prohibiting the playing
of music, the beating of drums, tom-toms or other instruments and blowing or sounding of
horns or other noisy instruments in or near streets or public places;
(o) regulating the conduct of and behaviour or action of persons, constituting
assemblies and processions on or along the streets and prescribing in the case of
processions, the routes by which, the order in which and the times at which the same may
pass;
(p) prohibiting the hanging or placing of any cord or pole across a street or part
thereof, or the making of a projection or structure so as to obstruct the traffic or the free
access of light and air;
(q) prohibiting, except under such reasonable rules as he may make, the placing of
building materials or other articles or the fastening or detention of any horse or other animals
in any street or public place;
(r) licensing, controlling or, in order to prevent obstruction, inconvenience, annoyance,
risk, danger or damage to the residents or passengers in the vicinity, prohibiting,—
(i) the illumination of streets and public places and the exteriors of buildings
abutting thereon by persons other than servants of Government or Municipal Officers duly
authorised in that behalf;
(ii) the blasting of rock or making excavations in or near streets or public places;
(iii) the using of a loudspeaker in or near any public place or in any place of public
entertainment;
(s) closing certain streets or places temporarily in cases of danger from ruinous
buildings or other cause, with such exceptions as shall appear reasonable;
(t) guarding against injury to person and property in the construction, repair and
demolition of buildings, platforms and other structures from which danger may arise to
passengers, neighbours or the public;
(u) prohibiting the setting fire to or burning any straw or other matter, or lighting a
bonfire or wantonly discharging a fire-arm or air gun, or letting off, or throwing a fire-work, or
sending up a fire balloon or rocket in or upon or within fifty feet of a street or building or the
putting up of any post or other thing on the side of or across a street for the purpose of
affixing thereto lamps or other contrivances for illumination, except subject to such
reasonable rules, as he may make in that behalf;
(v) regulating the hours during which and the manner in which any place for the
disposal of the dead, any Dharmashala, or village-gate or other place of public resort may be
used so as to secure the equal and appropriate application of its advantages and
accommodation and to maintain orderly conduct amongst those who resort thereto;
(w) (i)
licensing or controlling places of public amusement or entertainment;
(ii) prohibiting the keeping of places of public amusement or entertainment or
assembly, in order to prevent obstruction, inconvenience, annoyance, risk, danger or
damage to the residents or passengers in the vicinity;
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(iii) regulating the means of entrance and exit at places of public amusement or
entertainment or assembly and providing for the maintenance of public safety and the
prevention of disturbance thereat;
(x) (i)
licensing or controlling with such exceptions as may be specified, the musical,
dancing, mimetic, or theatrical or other performances for public amusement, including melas
and tamashas;
(ii) regulating in the interest of public order, decency or morality or in the interest
of general public, the employment of artists, and the conduct of the artists and the audience
at such performances;
(iii) prior scrutiny of such performance by a Board appointed by the Government
or by an Advisory Committee appointed by the Commissioner or the District Magistrate in
this behalf;
(iv) regulating the hours during which and the places at which such performances
may be given;
(y) regulating or prohibiting the sale of any ticket or pass for admission, by whatever
name called, to a place of public amusement;
(z) prescribing the procedure in accordance with which any licence or permission
sought to be obtained or required under this Act should be applied for, and fixing the fees to
be charged for any such licence or permission:
Provided that any action taken under the orders made under this sub-section or the grant
of a licence under such orders shall be subject to the control and supervision of the
Government.
(2) (i) The power of making, altering or rescinding orders under clauses 1[(a), (b), (c), (e),
(f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l), (m), (n), (o), (p), (q), (r), (s), (t) and (u) and in so far as it relates to
any of the aforesaid matters under clause (z)]1 of sub-section (1) shall be subject to the
control of the Government.
1.
Substituted by Act 18 of 1975 w.e.f. 15.5.1975
(ii) The power of making, altering or rescinding orders under the remaining clauses of
sub-section (1) shall be subject to the previous sanction of the Government.
(3) Every order made under clause (v) of sub-section (1) with respect to the use of a
place for the disposal of the dead shall be framed with due regard to ordinary and
established usages and to the necessities of prompt disposal of the dead in individual cases.
(4) Every order promulgated under the authority of clause (l) of sub-section (1) shall be
forthwith reported to the Government or such authority as the Government may appoint in
this behalf.
(5) Any order made under this section in so far as it relates to public health, convenience
or safety of any locality, shall be subject to the provisions of any law relating to municipalities
or other local authorities in force in such locality and any rule, regulation or bye-law made
under such law.
(6) The power of making, altering or rescinding orders under this section shall be subject
to the condition of the orders being made, altered or rescinded after previous publication, in
accordance with the provisions of section 23 of the 1[Karnataka]1 General clauses Act 1899
and every orders made or alteration or rescission of an order made under this section shall
be published in the Official Gazette and in the locality affected thereby by affixing copies
thereof in conspicuous places near to the building, structure, work or place, as the case may
be, to which the same specifically relates or by proclaiming the same by the beating of
drums or by advertising the same in such local newspapers in English or in the local
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language, as the authority making, altering or rescinding the order rule may deem fit, or by
any two or more of these means or by any other means it may think suitable:
Provided that any such orders may be made, altered or rescinded without previous
publication if the Commissioner or the District Magistrate, as the case may be, is satisfied
that circumstances exist which render it necessary that such orders or alterations therein or
rescission thereof should be brought into force at once.
1. Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973
(7) Notwithstanding anything hereinbefore contained in this section or which may be
contained in any order made thereunder, it shall always be lawful for the competent authority
to refuse a licence for, or to prohibit, the keeping of any place of public amusement or
entertainment by a person of notoriously bad character.
32. Authorisation of erection of barriers on streets.—The Commissioner and the
Superintendent in areas under their respective charges may, wherever in his opinion such
action is necessary, authorise such police officer as he thinks fit, to erect barriers on any
street for the purpose of stopping temporarily vehicles driven on such street and satisfy
himself that the provisions of any law for the time being in force have not been contravened
in respect of any such vehicle or by the driver thereof, or the person in charge of, such
vehicle. The said authority may also make such orders as it deems fit for regulating the use
of such barriers.
33. Power to make rules prohibiting disposal of the dead except at places set
apart.—(1) A competent authority may, from time to time make rules prohibiting the disposal
of the dead whether by cremation, burial or otherwise at places other than those set apart for
such purpose:
Provided that no such rules shall be made in respect of any such town or place in which
places have not been so set apart:
Provided further that the competent authority or any officer authorised by it in this behalf
may, on an application made to it or him by any person, and after consultation with the
Health Officer of the area concerned or other prescribed officer of the Department of Public
Health, grant to such person permission to dispose of the corpse of any deceased person at
any place other than a place so set apart, if in its or his opinion such disposal is not likely to
cause obstruction to traffic or disturbance of the public peace or is not objectionable for any
other reason.
(2) Any rules made under sub-section (1) shall specify the places set apart for the
disposal of the dead of different communities or sections of communities.
(3) All such rules shall be subject to the condition of previous publication for a period of
not less than two months and shall be made after consultation with the Health Officer of the
area concerned or other prescribed officer of the Department of Public Health.
Explanation.—For the purpose of this section, a place set apart for the disposal of the
dead means a place set apart for such purpose under any custom, usage or law for the time
being in force.
34. Power of Commissioner or the Superintendent and of other officers to give
direction to the public.—In areas under their respective charges, the Commissioner and,
subject to his orders, every Police Officer not inferior in rank to a Sub-Inspector, and the
Superintendent and, subject to his orders, any Police Officer not lower than such rank as
may be specified by the Government in that behalf, may, from time to time, as occasion may
arise, but not so as to contravene any order made under section 31 give all such orders
either orally or in writing as may be necessary to,—
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(a) direct the conduct of, and behaviour or action of persons constituting processions or
assemblies on or along the streets;
(b) prescribe the routes by which and the times at which any such processions may or
may not pass;
(c) prevent obstructions on the occasion of all processions and assemblies and in the
neighborhood of all places of worship during the time of worship and in all cases when any
street or public place or place of public resort may be thronged or liable to be obstructed;
(d) keep order on and in all streets, quay, wharves and at and within public bathing,
washing and landing places, fairs, temples and all other places of public resort;
(e) regulate and control the playing of music or singing, or the beating of drums, tom-toms
and other instruments and the blowing or sounding of horns or other noisy instruments in or
near any street or public place;
(f) regulate and control the use of loudspeaker in or near any public place or in any place
of public entertainment;
(g) make reasonable orders subordinate to and in furtherance of any order made by a
competent authority under sections 31, 33, 35 to 39, 41 and 43 of this Act.
35. Power to prohibit certain acts for prevention of disorder.—(1) The Commissioner
and the District Magistrate in areas under their respective charges may, whenever and for
such time as he shall consider necessary for the preservation of public peace or public
safety, by a notification publicly promulgated or addressed to individuals prohibit at any city,
town, village or place or in the vicinity of any such city, town, village or place,—
(a) the carrying of arms, cudgels, swords, spears, bludgeons, guns, knives, sticks, or
lathis, or any other article which is capable of being used for causing physical violence,
(b) the carrying of any corrosive substance or of explosives,
(c) the carrying, collection and preparation of stones or other missiles or instruments
or means of casting or impelling missiles,
(d) the exhibition of persons or the corpses or figures or effigies thereof,
(e) the public utterance of cries, singing of songs, playing of music, delivery of
harangues, the use of gestures or mimetic representations, and the preparation, exhibition or
dissemination of pictures, symbols, placards or any other object or thing, which may in the
opinion of such authority offend against decency or morality or affect public order or
undermine the security of, or tend to overthrow, the State or incite to the commission of an
offence.
(2) If any person goes armed with any such article or carries any corrosive substance or
explosive or missile in contravention of such prohibition, he shall be liable to be disarmed or
the corrosive substance or explosive or missile shall be liable to be seized from him by any
Police Officer, and the article, corrosive substance, explosive or missile so seized shall be
forfeited to Government.
(3) The authority empowered under sub-section (1), may also by order in writing prohibit
any assembly or procession whenever and, for so long as it considers such prohibition to be
necessary, for the preservation of the public order:
Provided that no such prohibition shall remain in force for more than fifteen days without
the sanction of the Government.
(4) The authority empowered under sub-section (1) may also by public notice temporarily
reserve for any public purpose any street or public place and prohibit persons from entering
the area so reserved, except under such conditions as may be prescribed by such authority.
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36. Power to prohibit, etc., continuance of music, sound or noise.—(1) If the
Commissioner, the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent or Deputy Superintendent or
any magistrate of the first class having jurisdiction in any area to which the Government has,
by notification in the official Gazette extended the provisions of this section, is satisfied from
the report of an officer in charge of a police station or other information received by him that
it is necessary to do so in order to prevent annoyance, disturbance, discomfort or injury or
risk to the public or to any persons who dwell or occupy property in the vicinity, he may by a
written order issue such directions as he may consider necessary to any person for
preventing, prohibiting controlling or regulating,—
(a) the incidence or continuance in or upon any premises of,—
(i) any vocal or instrumental music,
(ii) sounds caused by the playing, beating, clashing, blowing or use in any manner
whatsoever of any instrument, appliance or apparatus or contrivance which is capable of
producing or reproducing sound, or
(b) the carrying on, in or upon, any premises of any trade, avocation or operation
resulting in or attended with noise.
(2) The authority empowered under sub-section (1) may, either on its own motion or on
the application of any person aggrieved by an order made under sub-section (1), either
rescind, modify or alter any such order:
Provided that before any such application is disposed of, the said authority shall afford
the applicant an opportunity of appearing before it either in person or by legal practitioner
and showing cause against the order and shall, if it rejects any such application either wholly
or in part record its reasons for such rejection.
37. Licensing use of loudspeakers, etc.—(1) Subject to the provisions of section 36
and of any orders made under section 31, no person shall use or operate,—
(i) in or upon any premises any loudspeaker or other apparatus for amplifying any
musical or other sound, at such pitch or volume as to be audible beyond fifty feet from such
premises;
(ii) in any open space any loudspeaker or other apparatus for amplifying any musical
or other sound, at such pitch or volume as to be audible beyond two hundred feet from the
place at which the musical or other sound is produced or reproduced, except under and in
accordance with the conditions of a licence granted by the Superintendent or in such local
area by such other officer as the State Government, may, by notification in the official
Gazette specify in this behalf.
(2) The provisions of sub-section (1) shall be applicable to such area from such date as
the Government may by notification in the official Gazette specify. On the application of subsection (1) to any area, no local authority shall, notwithstanding anything contained in any
other law, be competent to grant a licence for the use of loudspeakers or other apparatus for
amplifying any musical or other sound.
38. Issue of orders for prevention of riot, etc.—(1) In order to prevent or suppress any
riot or grave disturbance of peace, the Commissioner or in his absence and subject to his
control the Deputy Commissioner of Police and the Superintendent, within the areas under
their respective charges, may temporarily close, or take possession of any building or place,
and may exclude all or any persons therefrom, or may allow access thereto to such persons
only and on such terms as he shall deem expedient. All persons concerned shall be bound
to conduct themselves in accordance with such orders as the authority making orders may
make and notify in exercise of the authority hereby vested in it.
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(2) If the lawful occupier of such building or place suffers substantial loss or injury by
reason of the action taken under sub-section (1), he shall be entitled, on application made to
the authority concerned within one month from the date of such action, to receive reasonable
compensation for such loss or injury, unless such action was in the opinion of such authority
rendered necessary either by the use to which such building or place was put or intended to
be put or by the misconduct of persons having access thereto.
(3) In the event of any dispute in any case under sub-section (2), as to the amount (if any)
to be paid, and as to the person to whom it is to be paid such dispute shall be decided by the
judicial officer exercising powers and performing the functions of a Magistrate of the First
Class.
39. Issue of orders for maintenance of order at ceremonials, etc.—(1) In any case of
an actual or intended religious or ceremonial or corporate display or exhibition or organised
assemblage in any street or public place, as to which or the conduct of or participation in
which it shall appear to a competent authority that a dispute or contention exists which is
likely to lead to grave disturbance of the peace, such authority may give such orders as to
the conduct of the persons concerned towards each other and towards the public as it shall
deem necessary and reasonable under the circumstances regard being had to the apparent
legal rights and to any established practice of the parties and of the persons interested.
Every such order shall be published in the town or place wherein it is to operate and all
persons concerned shall be bound to conform to the same.
(2) Any order under sub-section (1) shall be subject to a decree, injunction or order made
by a court having jurisdiction, and shall be recalled or altered on its being made to appear to
the authority making the order that such order is inconsistent with a judgment, decree,
injunction or order of such Court, on the complaint, suit or an application of any person
interested, as to the rights and duties of any person affected by the order aforesaid.
40. Police to provide against disorder, etc., at places of amusement and public
meetings.—(1) For the purpose of preventing serious disorder or breach of the law or
manifest and imminent danger to the persons assembled at any public place of amusement
or at an assembly or meeting to which the public are invited or which is open to the public,
the senior Police Officer of highest rank superior to that of constable, present at such place
of amusement or such assembly or meeting may, subject to such rules and orders as may
have been lawfully made, give such reasonable directions as to the mode of admission of
the public to, and for securing the peaceful and lawful conduct of the proceedings and the
maintenance of the public safety at such place of amusement or such assembly or meeting,
as he thinks necessary and all persons shall be bound to conform to every such reasonable
direction.
(2) The Police shall have free access to every such place of amusement, assembly or
meeting for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of sub-section (1) and to any
direction made thereunder.
41. Discontinuance of use of premises by disorderly persons.—On complaint being
made to the Commissioner, District Magistrate or Sub-Divisional Magistrate that any house
in a city, town or village in his jurisdiction to which the Government has by notification in the
official Gazette extended this section, is used as a common lodging house or place of resort
for disorderly persons of any description, to the annoyance of the inhabitants of the vicinity,
the said Commissioner or Magistrate may summon the owner or tenant of the house to
answer the complaint and on being satisfied that the house is so used may order the owner
or tenant of the house so used, within a reasonable period, which shall be set forth in the
order, to discontinue such use of it.
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42. Special measures to prevent outbreak of epidemic disease at fair, etc.—(1)
Whenever it shall appear to the Commissioner or District Magistrate that any place in the
areas under their respective charges, at which, on account of pilgrimage, fair, or other such
occurrence, large bodies of persons have assembled or are likely to assemble is visited or
will probably be visited with an outbreak of any epidemic disease, he may take such special
measures and may, by public notice, and after consultation with the Health Officer of the
area concerned or other prescribed officer of the Department of Public Health, prescribe
such regulations to be observed by the residents of the said place and by persons present
thereat or repairing thereto or returning therefrom, as he shall deem necessary to prevent
the outbreak of such disease or the spread thereof.
(2) It shall be lawful for the District Magistrate on the requisition of the Commissioner or
Superintendent to assess and levy such reasonable fees on persons falling under the
provisions of sub-section (1) as will provide for the expenses of the arrangements for
sanitation and the preservation of order at and about the place of assemblage.
(3) When the place of assemblage is within the limits of an area under the jurisdiction of a
municipal body such sums as shall be necessary for the purpose aforesaid may be
recovered from the municipal body.
43. Destruction of stray dogs.—(1) The Commissioner and the Superintendent in areas
under their respective charges may, from time to time by public notice, and after consultation
with the Health Officer of the area concerned or other prescribed officer of the Department of
Public Health, proclaim that any stray dogs found during such period as may be specified in
the said notice, wandering in the streets or in any public place may be destroyed, and any
dog so found within such period may be destroyed accordingly.
(2) The authority empowered under sub-section (1) may, by public notice, require that
every dog, while in any street or public place and not led by some person, shall be muzzled
in such a manner as effectually to prevent it from biting, while not obstructing its breathing or
drinking and the Police may, so long as such notice remains in force, destroy, or take
possession of and detain, any dog found loose without muzzle in any street or place beyond
the premises of the owner thereof:
Provided that any dog so found wearing a collar on which an apparently genuine name
and address of an owner is inscribed, shall not, unless it is rabid, be forthwith destroyed, but
information of the detention thereof shall forthwith be sent by post or otherwise to such
owner.
(3) Any dog which has been detained under sub-section (2) for a period of three clear
days without the owner providing a muzzle and paying all expenses connected with such
detention, may be destroyed or sold with the sanction and under the orders of the competent
authority.
(4) The proceeds of the sale of any dog under sub-section (3) shall be applied, as far as
may be, in discharge of the expenses incurred in connection with its detention, and the
balance, if any, shall form part of the Consolidated Fund of the State.
(5) Any expenses incurred in connection with the destruction or detention of any dog
under this section shall, subject to the provisions of sub-section (4), be recoverable from the
owner thereof upon a warrant issued by the competent authority as if it were a warrant
issued under section 386 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898.
44. Destruction of suffering or unfit animals.—(1) Any Police Officer, who, in any
street or public place other than a place of worship, finds any animal other than a bull or cow
so diseased, or so severely injured, and in such a physical condition that in his opinion it
cannot without cruelty be removed, shall if the owner is absent or refuses to consent to the
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destruction of the animal, at once summon the Veterinary Officer in charge of the area in
which the animal is found, and, if the Veterinary Officer certifies that the animal is mortally
injured or so severely injured, or so diseased, or in such a physical condition that it is cruel to
keep it alive, the Police Officer, may without the consent of the owner, destroy the animal or
cause it to be destroyed:
Provided that if in the opinion of the Veterinary Officer the animal can be removed from
the place where it is found without causing it great suffering and if the owner or person in
charge of the animal or in their absence any other person on the spot is willing and offers to
remove the animal to a Veterinary Hospital or Pinjrapole within such time as the Veterinary
Officer considers reasonable, the Veterinary Officer shall allow the animal to be removed by
such owner, person in charge of the animal, or such other person; and if the owner or person
in charge of the animal or such other person is unwilling or fails so to remove the animal, the
Veterinary Officer may direct the Police Officer to remove the animal before it is destroyed
from the place where it is found to such other place as he may think fit:
Provided further that when the animal is destroyed in any street or public place it shall, as
far as possible, be screened from the public gaze while it is being destroyed:
Provided also that before destroying or causing to be destroyed any diseased animal in
any place, the Health Officer of the area concerned or other prescribed officer of the
Department of Public Health shall be consulted.
(2) The Government may appoint such persons as it thinks fit to be Veterinary Officers
and may declare the areas of which they shall be in charge for the purposes of this Act.
45. Powers under this Chapter to be exercised by Superintendent subject to the
control of District Magistrate and by Commissioner and District Magistrate subject to
the control of the State Government.—Every power conferred by this Chapter on a
Superintendent not specially empowered by the Government to exercise that power or any
officer subordinate to him shall be exercised by him subject to the orders of the District
Magistrate and all rules, regulations and orders made under this Chapter shall if made by the
Commissioner or the District Magistrate be governed by such rules and orders as the
Government may from time to time make in this behalf and if made by the Superintendent
specially empowered in that behalf, shall be subject to the provisions of section 16.
CHAPTER V
SPECIAL MEASURES FOR MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC
ORDER AND SAFETY OF STATE
I. EMPLOYMENT OF ADDITIONAL POLICE, RECOVERY OF COST THEREOF AND OF
RIOT COMPENSATION, ITS ASSESSMENT AND RECOVERY.
46. Employment of additional Police on application of a person.—(1) The
Commissioner or the Superintendent may, on the application of any person, depute any
additional number of Police to keep the peace, to preserve order or to enforce any of the
provisions of this or any other Act in respect of any particular class or classes of offences or
to perform any other Police duties at any place in the area under his charge.
(2) Such additional Police shall be employed at the cost of the person making the
application but shall be subject to the orders of the Police authorities and shall be employed
for such period as the appointing authority thinks fit.
(3) If the person upon whose application such additional police are employed shall at any
time make a written requisition to the appointing authority to which the application for the
employment of additional Police was made, for the withdrawal of the said Police, he shall be
relieved from the cost thereof at the expiration of such period not exceeding one month from
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the date of the delivery of such requisition, as the Government or the appointing authority as
the case may be, shall determine.
47. Employment of additional Police at large works and when apprehension
regarding behaviour of employees exists.—(1) Whenever it appears to the Government
or a competent authority that,—
(a)
any large work which is being carried on or any public amusement which is being
conducted is likely to impede the traffic or to attract a large number of people, or
(b)
that the behaviour or a reasonable apprehension of the behaviour of the persons
employed on any railway, canal, or other public work, or in or upon any manufactory or other
commercial concern under construction or in operation at any place necessitates the
employment of additional Police at such place,
the Government or the competent authority may depute such additional police to the said
place as it shall think fit and keep the said Police employed at such place for so long as such
necessity shall appear to it to continue.
(2) Such additional Police shall be employed at the cost of the person by whom the work,
amusement, manufactory or concern is being constructed, conducted or carried on and the
said person shall pay the costs therefor at such rates and at such times as the Government
or the competent authority, as the case may be, shall from time to time, require.
48. Recovery of cost of additional Police employed under sections 46 and 47.—In
case of any dispute under section 46 or 47, the decision of the District Magistrate shall be
conclusive as to the amount to be paid and as to the person by whom it is to be paid and the
sum so ascertained may, on the requisition of the District Magistrate be recovered by the
Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue District as if it were an arrear of land revenue due by
the person found to be answerable therefor.
49. Employment of additional Police in cases of special danger to public peace.—
(1) If in the opinion of the Government any area is in a disturbed or dangerous condition or in
which the conduct of the inhabitants or of any particular section of the inhabitants renders it
expedient temporarily to employ additional Police, it may by notification, in the official
Gazette, specify,—
(a) the area (hereinafter called “the disturbance area”) in which the additional Police is
to be employed,
(b) the period for which the additional Police is to be employed:
Provided that the period fixed under clause (b) may be extended by the Government from
time to time, if in its opinion, it is necessary to do so in the general interest of the public. The
cost of the additional Police shall be a tax imposed under this section and shall be recovered
in the manner prescribed in the succeeding sub-sections.
(2) The decision of the Government under clauses (a) and (b) of sub-section (1) shall be
final.
(3) On the issue of such notification, the Government may require,—
(a) in any disturbance area which is within the jurisdiction of a municipal body, the
municipal body, the Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue District or any other
authority,
(b) in any disturbance area which is outside the area specified in clause (a), the
Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue District or any other authority,
to recover, whether in whole or in part, the cost of such additional Police generally from all
persons who are inhabitants of the disturbance area or specially from any particular section
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or sections, or class or classes of such persons, and in such proportion as the Government
may direct:
Provided that where the municipal body is directed to recover such cost, an additional
sum not exceeding three per cent of the amount of such cost shall also be recoverable.
(4) (i) The Government may require the municipal body to recover such cost and the
additional sum by an addition to the general or property tax which shall be imposed and
levied in all or such of the municipal divisions, sub-divisions or sections thereof, as the
Government may direct. Every addition to the general or property tax imposed under this
sub-section shall be recovered by the municipal body from each person liable therefor, in the
same manner as the general or property tax due from him.
The provisions of the relevant municipal Act shall apply to any such addition as if it were
part of the general or property tax levied under the said Act. Such addition shall be a charge
along with the general or property tax, on the properties, in such municipal divisions or subdivisions or sections.
(ii) The Government may also require the municipal body to recover such cost and the
additional sum from each person liable therefor under sub-section (3) in such manner as the
Government may direct.
(iii) Where the municipal body makes default in imposing and levying any such tax or in
making such recovery, the Government may direct the Deputy Commissioner of the
Revenue District to impose and levy such tax or to make such recovery.
(5) Every amount recoverable by the Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue District or
other authority under this section shall be recoverable as if it were an arrear of land revenue
due by the person liable therefor.
(6) It shall be lawful for the Government by order to exempt any person from liability to
bear any portion of the cost of such additional Police.
(7) It shall be lawful for the Government to extend the period for the payment of the cost
imposed under this section, for the term not exceeding five years beyond the period for
which such additional Police are actually employed.
(8) Out of the total amount recovered by the municipal body under sub-section (4) or (5)
whether before or after the coming into force of this Act, the amount of the cost shall be paid
to the Government and the balance, if any, shall be credited to the Municipal Fund
constituted under the relevant municipal Act. Such amount of cost shall be paid to the
Government every three months.
Explanation.—In this section, the expression “inhabitants” when used with reference to
any area includes persons who themselves or by their agents or servants occupy or hold
land or other immovable property within such area and landlords who themselves or by their
agents or servants collect rent from holders or occupiers of land in such area
notwithstanding that they do not actually reside therein.
50. Compensation for injury caused by unlawful assembly how recoverable.—(1)
When any loss or damage is caused to any property, or when death results or grievous hurt
is caused to any person or persons, by anything done in the prosecution of the common
object of an unlawful assembly, the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette,
specify,—
(a) the area (hereinafter called “the disturbance area”) in which in its opinion such
unlawful assembly was held; and
(b) the date on which or the period during which such unlawful assembly was held.
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(2) The decision of the Government under clauses (a) and (b) of sub-section (1) shall be
final.
(3) On the issue of a notification under sub-section (1), the District Magistrate may, after
such inquiry as he deems necessary, determine the amount of the compensation which, in
his opinion should be paid to any person or persons in respect of the loss or damage or
death or grievous hurt aforesaid. The amount of compensation shall be a tax imposed under
this section and shall be recovered in the manner prescribed in the succeeding sub-sections.
(4) The District Magistrate may require,—
(a) in any disturbance area, which is within the jurisdiction of a municipal body, the
municipal body, the Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue District or any other
authority;
(b) in any disturbance area which is outside the area specified in clause (a), the Deputy
Commissioner of the Revenue District or any other authority,
to recover the amount (hereinafter called “the compensation amount”) as determined under
sub-section (3) either in whole or in part, and where the municipal body is required to
recover such amount, an additional sum not exceeding three per cent of the compensation
amount (hereinafter referred to as “the municipal recovery cost”) generally from all persons
who were inhabitants of the disturbance area or specially from any particular section or
sections, or class or classes of such persons in the said area, and in such proportion as the
District Magistrate may direct.
(5) (i) The District Magistrate may require the municipal body concerned to recover the
compensation amount and the municipal recovery cost by an addition to the general or
property tax which shall be imposed and levied in the disturbance area. Every addition to the
general or property tax imposed under this sub-section shall be recovered by the municipal
body concerned from each person liable therefor in the same manner as the general or
property tax due from him. The provisions of the relevant municipal Act shall apply to any
such addition as if it were part of the general or property tax levied under the relevant
municipal Act. Such addition shall be a charge along with the general or property tax on the
properties in the area aforesaid.
(ii) The District Magistrate may also require the municipal body concerned to recover
the compensation amount and the municipal recovery cost from each person liable therefor
under sub-section (4) in such manner as he may direct.
(6) Where a municipal body makes a default in imposing and levying any such tax or in
making any such recovery, the Government may direct the Deputy Commissioner of the
Revenue District to impose and levy such tax or to make such recovery.
(7) Every amount recoverable by the Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue District or
other authority under this section, shall be recoverable as if it were an arrear of land
revenue.
(8) Out of the total amount recovered by the municipal body under sub-section (5) or (6),
the proportionate amount of the municipal recovery cost shall be deducted from and the
amount not exceeding the compensation amount determined by the District Magistrate under
sub-section (3), shall be paid to him for the payment of compensation to the persons entitled
thereto, and the balance, if any, shall be credited to the Municipal Fund constituted under the
relevant municipal Act. Such amount shall be paid to the District Magistrate, every three
months.
(9) It shall be lawful for the District Magistrate, by order to exempt any person from liability
to pay any portion of the compensation amount.
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(10) The Government may, (a) on its own motion, or (b) on an application made by a
person within a period of thirty days from the date of the order of a District Magistrate,
granting or refusing to grant an exemption thereunder, set aside or modify such order.
Explanation.—In this section the expression “inhabitants” when used with reference to
any disturbance area includes persons who themselves or by their agents or servants
occupy or hold land or other immovable property within such area and landlords who
themselves or by their agents or servants collect rent from holders or occupiers of land in
such area, notwithstanding that they do not actually reside therein.
51. District Magistrate to award or to apportion compensation among persons.—(1)
It shall be lawful for the District Magistrate to award or apportion all or any moneys
recovered as compensation under sub-sections (3) to (8) of section 50, to any person or
among all or any persons whom he considers entitled to compensation in respect of the loss
or damage or death or grievous hurt aforesaid.
(2) No compensation shall be awarded under this section except upon a claim made
within forty-five days from the date of the notification issued by the Government under subsection (1) of section 50 and unless the District Magistrate is satisfied that the person
claiming compensation or where such claim is made in respect of the death of any person,
that person also has himself been free from blame in connection with the occurrences which
led to the loss, damage, death or grievous hurt as aforesaid.
(3) The compensation payable to any person under section 50 in respect of death or
grievous hurt shall not in any way be capable of being assigned or charged or be liable to
attachment or to pass to any person other than the person entitled to it by operation of law,
nor shall any claim be set off against the same.
(4) Every direction and order made by the District Magistrate under this or the preceding
section shall be subject to revision by the Government, but save as aforesaid shall be final.
(5) No civil suit shall be maintainable against the Government or any officer of the
Government in respect of any loss or injury for which compensation has been granted under
this section.
52. District Magistrate to discharge functions under orders of Government.—The
District Magistrate shall discharge his functions under sections 50 and 51 subject to any
general or special orders of the Government in this behalf.
53. Proportionate recovery of the cost of additional Police and compensation for
loss caused by unlawful assembly.—(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any law in
force relating to house rent and accommodation control, where under the provisions of
section 49 or 50, the municipal body or the Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue District, as
the case may be, is required to recover the cost of the additional Police, including the
additional sum referred to in sub-section (4) of section 49 (hereinafter called “the additional
cost”) or the compensation amount and the municipal recovery cost (hereinafter called the
“riot tax”) by an addition to the general or property tax, the landlord from whom any portion of
the additional cost or the riot tax is recovered, in respect of any premises shall be entitled to
recover seventy-five per cent of such portion from the tenant in the occupation of the
premises during the period fixed under sub-section (1) of section 49 or on the date or during
the greater part of the period specified under clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 50, as
the case may be, in the manner specified in sub-section (2).
(2) The amount referred to in sub-section (1) and to be recovered from a tenant referred
to therein shall bear the same proportion as the rent payable by him in respect of the
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premises in his occupation bears to the total amount of rent recoverable for the whole
premises if let, and the same shall be recoverable in not less than four equal instalments.
II. DISPERSAL OF GANGS AND REMOVAL OF PERSONS CONVICTED
OF CERTAIN OFFENCES.
54. Dispersal of gangs and bodies of persons.—Whenever it shall appear in the City of
Bangalore and other areas for which a Commissioner is appointed under section 7 to the
Commissioner, and in a district to the District Magistrate, the Magistrate or the
Superintendent specially empowered by the Government in this behalf, that the movement
by encampment of any gang or body of persons in the area in his charge is causing or is
calculated to cause danger or alarm or reasonable suspicion that unlawful designs are
entertained by such gang or body or by members thereof, such officer may, by notification,
addressed to the persons appearing to be the leaders or chief men of such gang or body
and published by beat of drum or otherwise as such officer thinks fit, direct the members of
such gang or body so to conduct themselves as shall seem necessary in order to prevent
violence and alarm or to disperse and each of them to remove himself outside the area
within the local limits of his jurisdiction or such area and any district or districts, or any part
thereof, contiguous thereto within such time as such officer shall specify, and not to enter the
area or the areas and such contiguous districts, or part thereof, as the case may be, or
return to the place from which each of them was directed to remove himself.
55. Removal of persons about to commit offences.—Whenever it shall appear in the
City of Bangalore and other areas for which a Commissioner has been appointed under
section 7 to the Commissioner, and in other area or areas to which the Government may, by
notification in the official Gazette, extend the provision of this section, to the District
Magistrate, or the Sub-Divisional Magistrate having jurisdiction and specially empowered by
the Government in that behalf,—
(a) that the movements or acts of any person are causing or calculated to cause alarm,
danger or harm to person or property, or
(b) that there are reasonable grounds for believing that such person is engaged or is
about to be engaged in the commission of an offence involving force or violence or an
offence punishable under Chapter XII, XVI or XVII of the Indian Penal Code, or in the
abetment of any such offence, and when in the opinion of such officer witnesses are
not willing to come forward to give evidence in public against such person by reason of
apprehension on their part as regards the safety of their person or property, or
(c) that an outbreak of epidemic disease is likely to result from the continued residence of
an immigrant,
the said officer may, by an order in writing duly served on him, or by beat of drum or
otherwise as he thinks fit, direct such person or immigrant so to conduct himself as shall
seem necessary in order to prevent violence and alarm or the outbreak or spread of such
disease or to remove himself outside the area within the local limits of his jurisdiction or such
area and any district or districts or any part thereof contiguous thereto by such route and
within such time as the said officer may specify and not to enter, or return to the said place
from which he was directed to remove himself.
[56. Removal of persons convicted of certain offences.—If a person has been
convicted at any time either before or after the commencement of this Act,—
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(a) of an offence under Chapter XII, XVI or XVII of the Indian Penal Code (Central Act 45
of 1860); or
(b) of an offence under section 6 of 13 of the Mysore Mines Act, 1906 (Mysore Act 4 of
1906); or
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(c) of an offence under section 86 of the Karnataka Forest Act, 1963 (Karnataka Act 5 of
1964); or
(d) twice of an offence under section 19 of the Mysore Prohibition of Beggary Act, 1944
(Mysore Act 33 of 1944) or any other corresponding law in force in any area of the
State; or
(e) twice of an offence under the Suppression of Immoral Traffic in Women and Girls Act,
1956 (Central Act 104 of 1956); or
(f) twice of an offence under the Untouchability (Offences) Act, 1955 (Central Act 22 of
1955); or
(g) thrice of an offence within a period of three years under section 78, 79 or 80 of this
Act; or
(h) thrice of an offence within a period of three years under sections 32, 34, 37 or 38A of
the Karnataka Excise Act 1965, (Karnataka Act 21 of 1966),
the Commissioner, the District Magistrate, or any Sub-divisional Magistrate specially
empowered by the Government in this behalf, if he has reason to believe that such person is
likely again to engage himself in the commission of an offence similar to that for which he
was convicted, may direct such person to remove himself outside the area within the local
limits of his jurisdiction or such area or any district or districts or any part thereof contiguous
thereto, by such route and within such time as the said officer may specify and not to enter
or return to the place from which he was directed to remove himself.
Explanation.—For the purpose of this section “an offence similar to that for which a
person was convicted” shall mean,—
(i) in the case of a person convicted of an offence mentioned in clause (a), an offence
falling under any of the Chapters of the Indian Penal Code mentioned in that clause; and
(ii) in the case of person convicted of an offence mentioned in clauses (e) and (f), an
offence falling under the provisions of the Acts mentioned respectively in the said clauses.]1
1. Section 56 Substituted by Act 18 of 1975 w.e.f. 15.5.1975
57. Period of operation of orders under section 54, 55 or 56.—A direction made under
section 54, 55 or 56 not to enter any particular area or such area and any district or districts
or any part thereof, contiguous thereto shall be for such period as may be specified therein
and shall in no case exceed a period of two years from the date on which it was made.
58. Hearing to be given before an order is passed under section 54, 55 or 56.—(1)
Before an order under section 54, 55 or 56 is passed against any person, the officer acting
under any of the said sections or any officer above the rank of an Inspector authorised by
that officer shall inform the person in writing of the general nature of the material allegations
against him and give him a reasonable opportunity of tendering an explanation regarding
them. If such person makes an application for the examination of any witness, produced by
him, the authority or officer concerned shall grant such application and examine such
witness, unless for reasons to be recorded in writing the authority or officer is of opinion that
such application is made for the purpose of vexation or delay. Any written statement put in
by such person shall be filed with the record of the case. Such person shall be entitled to
appear before the officer proceeding under this section by a legal practitioner for the
purposes of tendering his explanation and examining the witnesses produced by him.
(2) The authority or officer proceeding under sub-section (1) may, for the purpose of
securing the attendance of any person against whom any order is proposed to be made
under section 54, 55 or 56 require such person to appear before him and to furnish a
security bond with or without sureties for such attendance during the inquiry. If the person
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fails to furnish the security bond as required or fails to appear before the officer or authority
during the inquiry, it shall be lawful to the officer or authority to proceed with the inquiry and
thereupon such order as was proposed to be passed against him may be passed.
59. Appeal.—Any person aggrieved by an order made under section 54, 55 or 56 may
appeal to the Government within thirty days from the date of such order.
60. Finality of orders.—Any order passed under section 54, 55 or 56 or by the
Government under section 59 shall not be called in question in any court except on the
ground that the authority making the order or any officer authorised by it had not followed the
procedure laid down in sub-section (1) of section 58 or that there was no material before the
authority concerned upon which it could have based its order or on the ground that the said
authority was not of opinion that witnesses were unwilling to come forward to give evidence
in public against the person in respect of whom an order was made under section 55.
61. Procedure on failure of person to leave the area and his entry therein after
removal.—If a person to whom a direction has been issued under section 54, 55 or 56 to
remove himself from an area,—
(i) fails to remove himself as directed;
(ii) having so removed himself, except with the permission in writing of the authority
making the order enters the area within the period specified in the order,
the authority concerned may cause him to be arrested and removed in police custody to
such place outside the area as the said authority may in each case direct.
62. Temporary permission to enter or return to the area from which a person was
directed to remove himself.—(1) The Government may, by order, permit any person in
respect of whom an order has been made under section 54, 55 or 56 to enter or return for a
temporary period to the area or such area and any district or districts or any part thereof,
contiguous thereto from which he was directed to remove himself subject to such conditions
as it may by general or special order specify and which such person accepts, and may, at
any time, revoke any such permission.
(2) In permitting a person under sub-section (1) to enter or return to the area or such area
and any district or districts or any part thereof, contiguous thereto from which he was
directed to remove himself, the Government may require him to enter into a bond with or
without surety for the observance of the conditions imposed.
(3) Any person permitted under sub-section (1) to enter or return to the area or such area
and any district or districts or any part thereof contiguous thereto, from which he was
directed to remove himself, shall surrender himself at the time and place and to the authority
specified in the order or in the order revoking the said order, as the case may be.
63. Powers of Government or of officers specially empowered to extern.—(1) The
Government or any officer specially empowered by the Government in that behalf, may, in
like circumstances and in like manner, exercise the powers exercisable, in the City of
Bangalore by the Commissioner and in a district by the District Magistrate, Sub-divisional
Magistrate or Superintendent of Police specially empowered by the Government in that
behalf, as the case may be, under section 54, 55 or 56 with this modification that it shall be
lawful for the Government or the officer specially empowered to direct the members of such
gang or body or persons or immigrants or persons convicted, as the case may be, to remove
themselves from and not to enter or return to, any local area, or any such area and any
districts or part thereof, whether contiguous thereto or not.
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(2) The provisions of sections 57, 58, 59, 60, 61 and 62 shall mutatis mutandis apply to
the exercise of any powers under this section, as they apply to the exercise of any powers
under section 54, 55 or 56.
III. CONTROL OF CAMPS, PARADES, ETC., AND USE OF CERTAIN UNIFORMS
64. Control of camps, parades, etc., and banning use of uniforms, etc.—(1) If the
Government is satisfied that it is necessary in the interest of the maintenance of public order
so to do, it may by general or special order prohibit or restrict throughout the 1[State of
Karnataka]1 or any part thereof all meetings and assemblies of persons for the purpose of
training or drilling themselves or being trained or drilled to the use of arms, or for the purpose
of practising military exercises, movements or evolutions, or for the purpose aforesaid of
attending or holding or taking any part in any camp, parade or procession.
1.Adapted by the Kakrnataka Adaptations of Laws Order 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973
(2) If the Government is satisfied that the wearing in public by any member of the body or
association or organisation to be specified in the order to be issued hereunder of any dress
or article of apparel resembling any uniform or part of uniform required to be worn by a
member of the Armed Forces of the Union or by a member of the Police Force or of any
force constituted under any law for the time being in force, would be likely to prejudice the
security of the State or the maintenance of public order, the Government may, by general or
special order, prohibit or restrict the wearing, or display in public, of any such dress or article
of apparel by any member of such body or association or organisation.
(3) Every general or special order under sub-sections (1) and (2) shall be published in the
manner prescribed for the publication of a public notice under section 172.
Explanation.—For the purposes of sub-section (2), a dress or an article of apparel shall
be deemed to be worn or displayed in public, if it is worn or displayed in any place to which
the public have access.
CHAPTER VI
EXECUTIVE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE POLICE
65. Duties of a Police Officer.—It shall be the duty of every Police Officer,—
(a) promptly to serve every summons and obey and execute every warrant or other order
lawfully issued to him by competent authority, and to endeavour by all lawful means to give
effect to the lawful commands of his superior;
(b) to the best of his ability to obtain intelligence concerning
cognizable offences or designs to commit such offences;
the commission of
(c) to lay such information and to take such other steps, consistent with law and with the
orders of his superiors, as shall be best calculated to bring offenders to justice;
(d) to prevent the commission of offences;
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1. Clause (da) inserted by Act 18 of 1975 w.e.f. 15.5.1975
(e) to prevent to the best of his ability the commission of public nuisances;
(f) to apprehend without unreasonable delay all persons whom he is legally authorised to
apprehend and for whose apprehension there is sufficient reason;
(g) to aid another Police Officer when called on by him or in case of need in the discharge
of his duty, in such ways as would be lawful and reasonable on the part of the officer aided;
(h) to discharge such duties as are imposed upon him by any law for the time being in
force.
[(i) to communicate without delay to the appropriate officer of a local authority any
information which he receives, of the design to commit or of the commission of any offence
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under the relevant law constituting such local authority or under any rule, bye-law or
regulation made under such law;
(j) to assist any officer or servant of a local authority or any person to whom the powers of
such officer or servant has been lawfully delegated, reasonably demanding his aid for the
lawful exercise of any power vesting in such officer or servant of the local authority, or such
person, under the relevant law constituting such local authority or under any rule, bye-law or
regulation made under such law.]1
1. Clause (i) Inserted by Act 41 of 1981 w.e.f. 6.6.1981
66. Power to enter places of public resort.—Every Police Officer may, subject to the
rules and orders made by the Government or by a person lawfully authorised, enter for any
of the purposes referred to in section 65 without a warrant and inspect any place of public
resort which he has reason to believe is used as a shop for the sale of liquor or intoxicating
drugs or a place of resort of loose and disorderly characters.
67. Power to search suspected persons in a street.—When in a street or a place of
public resort a person has possession or apparent possession of any article which a Police
Officer in good faith suspects to be stolen property, such Police Officer may search or
examine the same and may require an account thereof, and, should the account given by
the possessor be manifestly false or suspicious, may seize such article and report the facts
to a 1[Judicial Magistrate]1, who shall thereon proceed according to sections 523 and 525 of
the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, or any other law in force.
1. Substituted by Act 13 of 1965 w.e.f . 1.10.1965
68. Duties of Police Officers towards the public.—It shall be the duty of every Police
Officer,—
(a) to afford every assistance within his power to disabled or helpless persons in the
streets, and to take charge of intoxicated persons and of lunatics at large who appear
dangerous or incapable of taking care of themselves;
(b) to take prompt measures to procure necessary help for any person under arrest or in
custody, who is wounded or sick and whilst guarding or conducting any such person, to have
due regard to his condition;
(c) to arrange for the proper sustenance and shelter of every person who is under arrest
or in custody;
(d) in conducting searches, to refrain from needless rudeness and the causing of
unnecessary annoyance;
(e) in dealing with women and children to act with strict regard to decency and with
reasonable gentleness;
(f) to use his best endeavors to prevent any loss or damage by fire;
(g) to use his best endeavor to avert any accident or danger to the public.
69. Police to regulate traffic, etc., in streets.—It shall be the duty of a Police Officer,—
(a) to regulate and control the traffic in the streets, to prevent obstructions therein and, to
the best of his ability, to prevent infraction of any rule or order made under this Act, or any
other law in force for observance by the public in or near the streets;
(b) to keep order in the streets and at and within public bathing, washing and landing
places, fairs, bazaars, temples and all other places of public resort and in the neighborhood
of places of public worship during the time of public worship;
(c) to regulate resort to public bathing, washing and landing places, to prevent
overcrowding thereat and in public ferry, boats and, to the best of his ability, to prevent the
infraction of any rule or order lawfully made for observance by the public at any such place
or on any such boat.
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70. Persons bound to conform to reasonable directions of Police.—All persons shall
be bound to conform to the reasonable directions of a Police Officer given in fulfillment of
any of his duties under this Act.
71. Powers of Police Officer to restrain, remove, etc.—A Police Officer may restrain or
remove any person resisting or refusing or omitting to conform to any direction referred to in
section 70 and may either take such person before a 1[Judicial Magistrate]1 or, in trivial
cases, may release him when the occasion is past.
1. Substituted by Act 13 of 1965 w.e.f 1.10.1965
72. Enforcement of orders issued under section 35, 36 or 38.—Whenever a
notification has been duly issued under section 35 or an order has been made under section
36 or 38 it shall be lawful for any Magistrate in a district or Police Officer to require any
person acting or about to act contrary thereto to desist or to abstain from so doing, and, in
case of refusal or disobedience, to arrest the person offending. Such 1[Executive Magistrate]1
or Police Officer may also seize any object or thing used or about to be used in
contravention of such notification, or order as aforesaid and the thing seized shall be
disposed of according to the order of any District Magistrate having jurisdiction at the place.
1. Substituted by Act 13 of 1965 w.e.f 1.10.1965
73. Duty of Police to see orders issued under sections 42, 54, 55, 56 or 63 are
carried out.—It shall be the duty of the police to see that every regulation and direction
made by an authority under sections 42, 54, 55, 56 or 63 is duly obeyed, to warn persons
who from ignorance fail to obey the same and to arrest any person who wilfully disobeys the
same.
74. When Police Officer may arrest without warrant.—A Police Officer may arrest
without warrant any person committing in his presence in any street or public place any noncognizable offence punishable under this Act, or under any rule made thereunder and for
which no express provision has been made elsewhere, or under any other law for the time
being in force, if such person,—
(i) after being warned by a Police Officer persists in committing such offence, or
(ii) refuses to accompany the Police Officer to a police station on being required so to do.
75. Police to take charge of unclaimed property.—1[(1)]1 The police shall take
temporary charge,—
(a) of all unclaimed property found by or made over to them; and
(b) of all property found lying in any public street, if the owner or person in charge of such
property on being directed to remove the same, refuses or omits to do so.
1. Re-numbered by Act 18 of 1975 w.e.f 15.5.1975
[(2) The taking of temporary charge of any property under sub-section (1) shall be
forthwith reported to a Judicial Magistrate and the procedure laid down in sections 457, 458
and 459 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973, shall be applicable in respect of the
disposal of such property as if it were property seized by a Police Officer under the said
Code.]1
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1. Sub-section (2) Inserted by Act 18 of 1975 w.e.f 15.5.1975
76. Police Officer may take charge of stray cattle.—A Police Officer may take charge
of any animal which may be found straying in a street and may take or send the same to the
nearest cattle pound and the owner and other person concerned shall thereon become
subject to the provisions of the Cattle Trespass Act in force.
77. A superior Police Officer may himself perform duties imposed on his inferior,
etc.—A Police Officer of rank superior to that of a constable may perform any duty assigned
by law or by a lawful order to any officer subordinate to him; and in case of any duty imposed
on such subordinate, a superior where it shall appear to him necessary may aid,
supplement, supersede or prevent any action of such subordinate by his own action or that
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of any person lawfully acting under his command or authority, whenever the same shall
appear necessary or expedient for giving more complete or convenient effect to the law or
for avoiding an infringement thereof.
CHAPTER VII
PREVENTION OF GAMING
78. Opening, etc., of certain forms of gaming.—(1) Whoever,—
(a) being the owner or occupier or having the use of any building, room, tent,
enclosure, vehicle, vessel or place, opens, keeps or uses the same for the purpose
of gaming,—
(i) on a horse-race, or
(ii) on the market price of cotton, bullion or other commodity or on the digits of
the number used in stating such price, or
(iii) on the amount or variation in the market price of any such commodity or on
the digits of the number used in stating the amount of such variation, or
(iv)on the market price of any stock or share or on the digits of the number used
in stating such price, or
(v) on the number of registration or on the digits of the number of registration of
any motor vehicle using a public place, or
(vi)on any transaction or scheme of wagering or betting in which the receipt or
distribution of winnings or prizes in money or otherwise is made to depend on
chance; or
(b) being the owner or occupier of any such building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle,
vessel or place knowingly or wilfully permits the same to be opened, occupied, kept
or used by any other person for the purpose of gaming on any of the objects
aforesaid, or
(c) has the care or management of, or in any manner assists in, conducting the
business of, any such building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel or place
opened, occupied, kept or used for the purpose of gaming on any of the objects
aforesaid, or
(d) advances or furnishes money for the purpose of gaming on any of the objects
aforesaid with persons frequenting any such building, room, tent, enclosure,
vehicle, vessel or place,
shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment which may extend to one year, or with
fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both:
Provided that in the absence of special reasons to be recorded in writing, the punishment
to be imposed on an offender on conviction for an offence under this sub-section shall be
imprisonment for not less than one month or fine of not less than five hundred rupees or
both.
(2) Whoever is found in any building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel or place
referred to in sub-section (1), gaming on any of the objects specified in that sub-section, or
present, for the purpose of gaming on any such object shall, on conviction, be punished with
imprisonment which may extend to one month or with fine which may extend to five hundred
rupees or with both.
Any person found in any such building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel or place
during any gaming therein on any of the objects specified in sub-section (1) shall be
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presumed, until the contrary is proved, to have been there for the purpose of gaming on
such object.
(3) Whoever is found gaming on any of the objects specified in sub-section (1) in any
public street or thoroughfare or in any place to which the public have or are permitted to
have access shall, on conviction be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three
months or with fine which may extend to three hundred rupees, or with both.
79. Keeping common gaming house, etc.—Any person who,—
(a) opens, keeps or uses any building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel, or place for
the purpose of a common gaming-house;
(b) being the owner or occupier of any such building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle,
vessel, or place knowingly or wilfully permits the same to be opened, occupied, kept
or used by any other person for the purpose aforesaid;
(c) has the care or management of, or in any manner assists in conducting the business
of, any such building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel, or place opened,
occupied, kept or used for the purpose aforesaid; or
(d) advances or furnishes money for the purpose of gaming with persons frequenting any
such building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel, or place,
shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment which may extend to one year and with
fine:
Provided that,—
(a) for a first offence, such imprisonment shall not be less than three months and fine
shall not be less than five hundred rupees;
(b) for a second offence, such imprisonment shall not be less than six months and fine
shall not be less than five hundred rupees; and
(c) for a third or subsequent offence, such imprisonment shall not be less than nine
months and fine shall not be less than one thousand rupees.
80. Gaming in common gaming-house, etc.—Whoever is found in any common
gaming-house gaming or present for the purpose of gaming shall, on conviction, be
punished with imprisonment which may extend to one year and with fine:
Provided that,—
(a) for a first offence such imprisonment shall not be less than one month and fine shall
not be less than two hundred rupees;
(b) for a second offence such imprisonment shall not be less three months and fine shall
not be less than two hundred rupees; and
(c) for a third or subsequent offence such imprisonment shall not be less than six months
and fine shall not be less than five hundred rupees.
81. Entry, search, etc., by Police Officers in gaming-house.—It shall be lawful for a
Police Officer,—
(i) in the City of Bangalore not below the rank of a Sub-Inspector and either empowered
by general order in writing or authorised in each case by special warrant issued by the
District Magistrate or Sub-Divisional Magistrate, or Commissioner of Police or
Superintendent of Police; or Deputy Commissioner of Police, Assistant Superintendent of
Police or Deputy Superintendent of Police or Assistant Commissioner of Police, and
(ii) elsewhere not below the rank of a Sub-Inspector of Police 1[and either empowered by
general order in writing or authorised in each case by special warrant issued]1 by a District
Magistrate or Sub-Divisional Magistrate, or by a Magistrate specially empowered by the
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State Government in this behalf or by a Superintendent of Police or by an Assistant or
Deputy Superintendent of Police,—
1. Substituted by Act 18 of 1975 w.e.f 15.5.1975
(a) to enter, with the assistance of such persons as may be found necessary, by night
or by day, and by force, if necessary, any building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel or
place, which he has reason to suspect is used as a common gaming-house or for the
purpose of gaming on any of the objects referred to in sub-section (1) of section 78;
(b) to search all parts of the building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel or place
which he shall have so entered, when he shall have reason to suspect that any instruments
of gaming are concealed therein, and also the persons whom he shall find therein, whether
such persons are then actually gaming or not;
(c) to take into custody and bring before a Magistrate all such persons;
(d) to seize all instruments of gaming and all moneys and securities for money and
articles of value which are reasonably suspected to have been used or intended to be used
for the purpose of gaming, and which are found therein:
Provided that no officer shall be authorised by special warrant unless the Commissioner
or Deputy Commissioner or Assistant Commissioner of Police or Magistrate or
Superintendent, Assistant or Deputy Superintendent of Police concerned is satisfied, upon
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[a written complaint or report made to him]1 and upon making such inquiry as he may think
necessary, that there are good grounds to suspect the said building, room, tent, enclosure,
vehicle, vessel, or place to be used as a common gaming-house.
82. Presumptive proof of keeping or gaming in common gaming-house.—(1) When
any instrument of gaming has been seized in any building, room, tent, enclosure, vehicle,
vessel or place entered or searched under section 81 or on a person found therein, and in
the case of any other thing so seized, if the court is satisfied that the police officer who
entered such building, room, tent, or place, enclosure, vehicle, vessel, had reasonable
grounds for suspecting that the thing so seized was an instrument of gaming, the seizure of
such instrument or thing shall be evidence, until the contrary is proved, that such building,
room, tent, enclosure, vehicle, vessel or place is used as a common gaming-house and the
persons found therein were then present for the purpose of gaming, although no gaming was
actually seen by the police officer or by any person acting under the authority of either of
them.
(2) Any person found in any common gaming-house during any gaming therein shall be
presumed until the contrary is proved, to have been there for the purpose of gaming.
83. On conviction under sections 78, 79 and 80 instruments of gaming may be
destroyed.—On conviction of any person under sections 78, 79 or 80 the convicting
Magistrate may order all the instruments of gaming found in the building, room, tent,
enclosure, vehicle, vessel or place or on the persons of those who were found therein, to be
forthwith destroyed or forfeited to the Government, and may also order all or any of the
securities for money and other articles seized, not being instruments of gaming, to be sold
and the proceeds thereof, with all moneys seized therein, to be forfeited to the Government.
84. Proof of playing for money not required for conviction.—It shall not be necessary,
in order to convict a person of an offence under sub-section (2) or sub-section (3) of section
78 or under section 80 to prove that any person found gaming was playing for any money,
wager, bet or stake.
85. Indemnification of persons concerned who are examined as witnesses.—Every
person who shall have been concerned in any gaming contrary to this Act, and who shall be
examined as a witness by or before a Magistrate on the trial of any charge against the
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owner, keeper or occupier or other person under sub-section (1) of section 78 or under
section 79 touching gaming, and who upon such examination shall make true and faithful
discovery to the best of his knowledge of all things as to which he shall be so examined, and
who shall thereupon receive from the said Magistrate a certificate in writing to that effect,
shall be freed from all prosecutions under this Act for anything done before that time in
respect of such gaming.
86. Payment of portion of fine to informer.—The Magistrate trying any case under the
provisions of sections 78, 79 and 80, may award any portion, not exceeding one-half of any
fine which may be levied under any of the said sections, or any part of the proceeds of
articles or money seized and ordered to be forfeited under section 83, among the Police
Officers and other persons who may have given assistance in the detection or investigation
of the offence.
87. Gaming in public streets.—Whoever is found gaming or reasonably suspected to be
gaming in any public street, or thoroughfare, or in any place to which the public have or
permitted to have access or in any race-course shall, on conviction, be punished with
imprisonment which may extend to three months or with fine which may extend to three
hundred rupees, or with both and where such gaming consists of wagering or betting, any
such person so found gaming shall, on conviction, be punishable in the manner and to the
extent referred to in section 80 and all moneys found on such person shall be forfeited to the
Government.
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[Any]1 police officer may seize all things reasonably suspected to be instruments of
gaming found in such public street, thoroughfare, place or race-course or on or about the
person of those whom he shall so arrest, and the Magistrate may, on conviction of the
offender, order such instruments to be forthwith destroyed. When anything has been found
on or about any person and a court is satisfied that the police officer had reasonable
grounds for suspecting that such thing was an instrument of gaming, such circumstance
shall, until the contrary is proved, be evidence that such thing was an instrument of gaming
and that the person on or about whom the thing was found was present for the purpose of
gaming.
1. Substituted by Act 18 of 1975 w.e.f 15.5.1975
88. Power to arrest without warrant persons gaming in public places.—A police
officer may arrest and search without warrant, any person gaming or reasonably suspected
to be gaming in contravention of sub-section (3) of section 78 or section 87.
89. Assembling in streets for gaming.—Whoever,—
(i) assembles with others in a street gathered for the purpose of gaming or;
(ii) joins any such assembly for the purpose of gaming;
shall, on conviction, be punished with fine which may extend to fifty rupees.
90. Printing, publishing or distributing any news or information.—(1) No person shall
print, publish, sell, distribute or in any manner circulate any newspaper, news-sheet or other
document or any news or information with the intention of aiding or facilitating gaming.
(2) Any person who contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) shall, on conviction, be
punished with imprisonment which may extend to six months and with fine.
(3) Any Police Officer may enter and search any place for the purpose of seizing, and
may seize all things reasonably suspected to be used or to be intended to be used, for the
purpose of committing an offence under this section.
(4) Any Police Officer may arrest without warrant any person who contravenes the
provisions of sub-section (1).
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91. Offences by companies.—(1) If the person committing an offence under section 78,
79 or 90 is a company, the company, as well as every person in charge of, and responsible
to the company for the conduct of its business at the time of the commission of the offence
shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and
punished accordingly:
Provided that, nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to
any punishment if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that
he exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where an offence under
section 78, 79, or 90 has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence has
been committed with the consent or connivance of, or that the commission of the offence is
attributable to any neglect on the part of any director, manager, secretary or other officer of
the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall also be deemed to be
guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
(3) For the purposes of sections 78, 79 and 90, a ‘firm’ shall be deemed to be a person.
Explanation.—For the purposes of this section,—
(a) “company” means a body corporate, and includes a firm or other association of
individuals; and
(b) “director” in relation to a firm, means a partner in the firm.
CHAPTER VIII
OFFENCES AND PUNISHMENTS
92. Punishment of certain street offences and nuisance.—(1) In any local area to
which the Government by notification in the official Gazette from time to time extends this
sub-section or any clause thereof, whoever, contrary thereto,—
(a) without lawful excuse drives along, or keeps standing in, any street a vehicle of any
description or drags or pushes in any street, a vehicle of any description other than a
bicycle at any time between half an hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise
without a sufficient light or lights;
(b) without reasonable cause, drives, drags, or pushes any vehicle otherwise than on the
near or left side of the road or passes any vehicle except on the right side of it and at
any speed higher than what may be prescribed by notification by Government;
(c) leaves in any street insufficiently tended or secured any animal or vehicle;
(d) causes obstruction, injury, danger or alarm in any street, or mischief, by any
misbehavior, negligence or ill-usage in the driving, management or care of any animal
or vehicle, or drives any vehicle or animal laden with timber, poles or other unwieldy
articles through a street, contrary to any regulation made in that behalf and published
by a competent authority;
(e) exposes for hire or sale any animal or vehicle, cleans any furniture or vehicle, or
cleans, grooms, trains or breaks in any horse or other animal or makes or repairs any
vehicle or any part of a vehicle in any street (unless when in the case of an accident
repairing on the spot is necessary) or carries on therein any manufacture or operation
so as to be a serious impediment to traffic or a serious annoyance to residents or to
the public;
(f) (i) causes obstruction in any street by allowing any animal or vehicle which has to be
loaded or unloaded or has to take up or set down passengers, to remain or stand
therein longer than may be necessary for such purpose; or by leaving any vehicle
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standing or by fastening any cattle therein, or using any part of a street as a halting
place for vehicles or cattle, or by leaving any box, bale, package or other thing
whatsoever in or upon a street for an unreasonable length of time;
(ii) or causes obstruction by exposing anything for sale or setting out anything for sale
or upon any stall, booth, board, cask, basket or in any other way whatsoever
contrary to any regulation made and published by the Commissioner, or a District
Magistrate;
(g) causes obstruction on any foot-way, or drives, rides or leaves any animal or drives,
drags or pushes any vehicle thereupon;
(h) exhibits, contrary to any regulation made and notified by the Commissioner or a
District Magistrate, as the case may be, any mimetic, musical or other performances of
a nature to attract crowds or carries or places bulky advertisements, pictures, figures,
or emblems in any street whereby an obstruction to passengers or annoyance to the
inhabitants may be occasioned;
(i) uses or operates at any place any apparatus for amplifying any musical or other
sound, such as a megaphone or loudspeaker, any time between ten o’clock in the
night and six o’clock in the morning, whereby any annoyance, disturbance, or
discomfort is caused to the inhabitants in the vicinity;
(j) obeys a call of nature or permits a child to do so or bathes or washes his person in or
near to and within sight of a street or public place (except in some place set apart for
the purpose by order of a competent authority) so as to cause annoyance to the
neighbouring residents or to passers by;
(k) negligently lets loose any horse or other animal, so as to cause danger, injury, alarm
or annoyance to the public, or suffers a ferocious dog to be at large without a muzzle,
or sets on or urges a dog or other animal to attack, worry or put in fear any person or
animal;
(l) bathes or washes in or by the side of a public well, tank, or reservoir, not set apart for
such purpose by order of a competent authority or in or by the side of any pond, pool
aqueduct, part of a river, stream, nalla or other source or means of water supply in
which such bathing or washing is forbidden by order of the competent authority;
(m) defiles or causes to be defiled, the water in any public well, tank, reservoir, pond, pool,
aqueduct or a part of a river, stream, nalla or other source or means of water-supply,
so as to render the same less fit for any purpose for which it is set apart by the order of
the competent authority;
(n) obstructs or incommodes a person bathing at a place set apart for that purpose as
aforesaid, by wilful intrusion or by using such place for any purpose for which it is not
so set apart;
(o) wilfully and indecently exposes his person, uses indecent language or behaves
indecently or riotously or in a disorderly manner in a street or place of public resort, or
in any public office;
(p) is drunk and incapable of taking care of himself in a street or place of public resort;
(q) wilfully pushes, presses, hustles or obstructs any passenger in a street, or disturbs the
public peace or order, by violent movements, menacing gestures, wanton personal
annoyance, screaming, shouting, wilfully frightening horses or cattle, or otherwise;
(r) uses in any street any threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or posts up
or affixes or exhibits any indecent, threatening, abusive or insulting paper or drawing
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with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or whereby a breach of the peace may be
occasioned;
(s) begs importunately for alms, or exposes or exhibits, with the object of exacting charity,
any deformity or disease or any offensive sore or wound in or near to and within sight
of any street;
(t) throws or lays down any dirt, filth, rubbish or any stones or building materials in any
street, or causes any offensive matter to run from any house, factory, dung-heap or the
like into any street
(u) neglects to fence in or duly to protect any well, tank, or other dangerous place or
structure;
(v) without the consent of the owner or occupier, affixes or causes to be affixed any bill,
notice or other paper upon any building, wall or fence, or writes upon or defaces or
marks any such building, wall or fence;
(w) without the consent of the Government or the public authority concerned, affixes or
causes to be affixed any bill, notice or other paper upon any lamp-post, tree, letter-box,
transformer, street or any other property belonging to Government or any public
authority, or writes upon or defaces or marks or causes to be written upon or defaced
or marked, any such lamp-post, tree, letter-box, transformer, street or other property;
(x) spits or throws any dust, ashes, refuse or rubbish in or near to any street, public place
or place of public resort so as to cause annoyance to any passerby;
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(y) [xxx]1 or spits in any court, police station, public office or building occupied by
Government or any public body, in contravention of a notice by a competent authority
in charge of such place and affixed to such court, station, office or building,
1. Omitted by Act 2 of 2003 w.e.f …..
shall be punished with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees, provided that
imprisonment in default of payment of such fine shall not exceed eight days notwithstanding
anything in section 67 of the Indian Penal Code.
[(2) (a) The provisions of sub-section (1) or any clause or clauses thereof may be
extended by the State Government by notification,—
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(i) to such local area as may be specified in such notification; or
(ii) to such local area for such period as may be specified in such notification.
(b) The State Government may at any time rescind any notification issued under subclause (i) or sub-clause (ii) of clause (a):
Provided that the issue of a notification under this clause shall not preclude the issue of
notification from time to time under sub-clause (i) or sub-clause (ii) of clause (a) in respect of
the same local area.]1
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Sub-section (2) Substituted by Act 18 of 1975 w.e.f 2.4.1965
93. Punishment for cruelty to animals.—Whoever cruelly beats, goads, overworks, illtreats, or tortures or causes or procures to be cruelly beaten, goaded, overworked, ill-treated
or tortured any animal shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment which may
extend to one month or with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees, or with both.
94. Punishment for willful trespass.—(1) Whoever without satisfactory excuse willfully
enters or remains in or upon any dwelling house or premises or any land or ground attached
thereto, or on any ground, building, monument or structure belonging to Government or
appropriated to public purposes, or on any vehicle or vessel, shall, on conviction, whether he
causes any actual damage or not, be punished with fine which may extend to twenty rupees.
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(2) Any Police Officer may, on the information of any person in possession or in charge of
any dwelling house, premises, or land or ground attached thereto, or of any ground, building,
monument or structure belonging to Government, arrest without a warrant any person
alleged to have committed therein or thereon any offence punishable under sub-section (1)
of this section.
95. False alarm of fire or damage to fire alarm.—Whoever knowingly gives or causes
to be given a false alarm of fire to the fire brigade or to any officer or fireman thereof whether
by means of a street fire, alarm-statement, message or otherwise, or with intent to give such
false alarm, wilfully breaks the glass of, or otherwise damages a street fire-alarm, shall, on
conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or
with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees, or with both.
96. Being found under suspicious circumstances between sunset and sunrise.—
Whoever is found between sunset and sunrise,—
(a) armed with any dangerous instrument with intent to commit an offence, or
(b) having his face covered, or otherwise disguised with intent to commit an offence, or
(c) in any dwelling house or other building, or boat, without being able satisfactorily to
account for his presence there, or
(d) lying or loitering in any street, yard or other place, being a reputed thief and without
being able to give satisfactory account of himself, or
(e) having in his possession without lawful excuse (the burden of proving which excuse
shall be on such person) any implement of house breaking,
shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three
months.
97. Carrying weapon without authority.—Whoever not being a member of the armed
forces of the Union and acting as such or a Police Officer, goes armed with sword, spear,
bludgeon, gun or other offensive weapon or with any explosive or corrosive substance in any
street or public place unless so authorised by lawful authority, shall be liable to be disarmed
by any Police Officer, and the weapon or substance so seized shall be forfeited to the State
Government, unless redeemed within two months by payment of such fine not exceeding
five hundred rupees as the Commissioner or the District Magistrate in areas under his
respective charges imposes.
98. Possession of property of which no satisfactory account can be given.—
Whoever has in his possession or conveys in any manner, or offers for sale or pawn,
anything which there is reason to believe is stolen property, or property fraudulently
obtained, shall, if he fails to account for such possession or act to the satisfaction of the
Magistrate, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to
three months or with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees or with both.
99. Omission by pawnbroker, etc., to report to the Police the possession or tender
of property suspected to be stolen.—Whoever being a pawnbroker, dealer in second
hand property, or worker in metals or reasonably believed by the Commissioner or the
Superintendent in the area under their respective charges to be such a person, and having
received from a Police Officer a written or printed information that the possession of any
property suspected to have been transferred by any offence mentioned in section 410 of the
Indian Penal Code or by any offence punishable under sections 417, 418, 419 or 420 of the
said Code, is found in possession or thereafter comes into the possession or has an offer
either by way of sale, pawn, exchange or for custody, alteration or otherwise, howsoever
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made to him of property answering the description contained in such information shall,
unless,—
(i) he forthwith gives information to the Commissioner or the Superintendent, as the case
may be, or at a Police Station, of such possession or offer and takes all reasonable
means to ascertain, and to give information as aforesaid of the name and address of
the person from whom the possession or offer was received, or
(ii) the property being, as an article of common wearing apparel or otherwise, incapable of
identification from the written or printed information given, has in no way concealed
after the receipt of such information,
on conviction, be punished with fine which may extend to fifty rupees in respect of each such
article of property so in his possession or offered to him.
100. Melting, etc., of such property.—Whoever, having received such information as is
referred to in section 99, alters, melts, defaces or puts away or causes or suffers to be
altered, melted, defaced or put away without the previous permission of the police, any such
property, shall, on proof that the same was stolen property within the meaning of section 410
of the Indian Penal Code, or property in respect of which an offence punishable under
sections 417, 418, 419 or 420 of the said Code has been committed, be punished with
imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine or with both.
101. Taking pledge from a child.—Whoever takes from any child not appearing to be
above the age of fourteen years any article whatsoever as a pawn, pledge or security for any
sum of money lent, advanced or delivered to such child, or without the knowledge and
consent of the owner of the article, buys from such child any article whatsoever, shall, on
conviction, be punished with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees.
102. Penalty for permitting disorderly conduct at places of public amusements,
etc.—Whoever, being the keeper of any place of public amusement or entertainment,
knowingly permits drunkenness or other disorderly behaviour or any gaming whatever, in
such place shall, on conviction be punished with a fine which may extend to one hundred
rupees.
103. Penalty for contravention of orders under section 31.—Save as provided in
section 105, whoever,(a) contravenes any orders made under section 31 or any of the conditions of a licence
issued under such order, or
(b) abets the commission of any offence under clause (a),
shall, on conviction, be punished,—
(i) if the order under which the said licence was issued was made under clauses(n)
and (o) of sub-section (1) of section 31 with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees;
(ii) if the order contravened was made under clause (y) of sub-section (1) of section
31, with imprisonment which may extend to three months or with fine which may extend to
five hundred rupees or with both;
(iii) if the order contravened or the order under which the said licence was issued was
made under any other clause, with fine which may extend to fifty rupees or in default to
simple imprisonment which may extend to eight days.
104. Liability of licensee of place of public entertainment for acts of servants.—The
holder of a licence granted under this Act in respect of a place of public entertainment shall
be responsible, as well as an actual offender for any offence under section 103 committed
by his servants or other agents acting with his express or implied permission on his behalf,
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as if he himself had committed the same unless he establishes that all due and reasonable
precautions were taken by him to prevent the commission of such an offence.
105. Penalty for not obtaining a licence or for not renewing the licence within the
specified period in respect of public entertainment.—(1) Whoever fails to obtain a
licence under this Act in respect of a place of public entertainment or to renew a licence
granted under this Act in respect of such a place within the prescribed period, shall, on
conviction, be punished with fine which may extend to fifty rupees.
(2) Any court trying such an offence shall, in addition, direct that the person keeping a
place of public entertainment in respect of which an offence has been committed, shall close
such place until he obtains the licence, or a fresh licence, as the case may be, in respect
thereof and thereupon such person shall forthwith comply with such direction.
(3) If a person fails to comply with any direction under sub-section (2), he shall on
conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month or with
fine which may extend to two hundred rupees, or with both.
(4) Without prejudice to any action taken under sub-section (3), on failure of such a
person to comply with the directions of the court, any Police Officer authorised by the
Commissioner or the District Magistrate, as the case may be, by an order in writing, may
take or cause to be taken such steps and use or cause to be used such force as may, in the
opinion of such officer, be reasonably necessary for securing compliance with the court’s
direction.
106. Penalty for disobedience to order under section 30.—Whoever contravenes,
disobeys, opposes, or fails to conform to an order under section 30 requiring him to vacate
any premises, shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment which may extend to
three months or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees or with both.
107. Penalty for contravening rules, etc., under section 33 or 34.—Whoever,—
(a) contravenes any rule made under section 33, or
(b) contravenes, disobeys, opposes or fails to conform to any order given by a Police
Officer under section 34,
shall, on conviction, be punished with fine which may extend to 1[five hundred rupees]1
1. Substituted by Act 6 of 1998 w.e.f. 25.10.1997
108. Penalty for contravention of rules or directions under section 35, 38 or 39,—
Whoever disobeys an order lawfully made under section 35, 38 or 39 or abets the
disobedience thereof, shall, on conviction, be punished,—
(i) if the order disobeyed or of which the disobedience was abetted was made under subsection (1) of section 35, or under section 38 or section 39, with imprisonment for a term
which may extend to one year but shall not, except for reasons to be recorded in writing, be
less than four months and shall also be liable to fine;
(ii) if the said order was made under sub-section (2) of section 35, with imprisonment
which may extend to one month or with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees; and
(iii) if the said order was made under sub-section (3) of section 35, with fine which may
extend to one hundred rupees.
109. Penalty for contravening orders under section 36 or 37.—Whoever contravenes
or disobeys any order or direction made under section 36 or section 37 or any conditions of
a licence granted thereunder or abets the contravention or disobedience thereof shall, on
conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or
with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees or with both.
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110. Penalty for contravening direction under section 40 or order under section
41.—(1) Whoever opposes or fails to conform to any direction given by the Police under
section 40, shall on conviction, be punished with fine which may extend to two hundred
rupees.
(2) Whoever fails to comply with an order made under section 41, shall, on conviction, be
punished with fine which may extend to twenty-five rupees for every day that order continues
to be disobeyed by him.
111. Penalty for contravention of a regulation made under section 42.- Whoever
contravenes or abets the contravention of any regulation made under section 42, shall, on
conviction, be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three months or with fine
which may extend to two hundred rupees or with both.
112. Penalty for contravening directions under section 70.—Whoever opposes or
fails to conform to any direction given by a police officer under section 70 or abets the
opposition or failure to do so, shall, on conviction, be punished with fine which may extend to
fifty rupees.
113. Penalty for contravention of directions under sections 54, 55, 56 or 63.—
Whoever opposes or disobeys or fails to conform to any direction issued under sections 54,
55, 56 or 63 or abets opposition to or disobedience of any such direction shall, on conviction,
be punished with imprisonment which may extend to one year, but shall not, except for
reasons to be recorded in writing, be less than four months, and shall also be liable to fine.
114. Penalty for entering area from which person has been directed to remove
himself.—Notwithstanding anything contained in section 61, any person who, in
contravention of a direction issued to him under sections 54, 55, 56 or 63 enters the area
from which he was directed to remove himself, shall on conviction, be punished with
imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, but shall not, except for reasons to
be recorded in writing be less than six months, and shall also be liable to fine.
115. Penalty for failure to surrender in accordance with sub-section (3) of section
62.—Whoever fails without sufficient cause to surrender in accordance with sub-section (3)
of section 62, shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment which may extend to two
years and shall also be liable to fine.
116. Penalty for contravention of orders under section 64.—(1) Whoever contravenes
any order made under sub-section (1) of section 64, shall, on conviction, be punished with
imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine or with both.
(2) Whoever contravenes any order made under sub-section (2) of section 64, shall, on
conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or
with fine or with both.
117. Neglect or refusal to serve as Special Police Officer.—Any person who having
been appointed a Special Police Officer under section 19, without sufficient cause, neglects
or refuses to serve as such or to obey any lawful order or direction that may be given to him
for the performance of his duties, shall, on conviction, be punished with fine which may
extend to fifty rupees.
118. Penalty for making false statement, etc., and for misconduct of Police
Officer.—(1) (i) Any person who makes a false statement or uses a false document for the
purposes of obtaining employment or release from employment as a Police Officer, or
(ii) any Police Officer who,—
(a) contravenes the provisions of section 28; or
(b) is guilty of cowardice; or
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(c) resigns his office or withdraws himself from the duties thereof in contravention of
section 27; or
(d) is guilty of any wilful breach, or neglect of any provision of law or of any rule or
order which, as such Police Officer, it is his duty to observe or obey, or
(e) is guilty of any violation of duty for which no punishment is expressly provided by
any other law in force,
shall, on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three
months or with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees, or with both.
(2) A Police Officer who, being absent on leave, fails, without reasonable cause, to report
himself for duty on the expiration of such leave, shall, for the purposes of sub-clause (c) of
clause (ii) of sub-section (1) be deemed to withdraw himself from the duties of his office
within the meaning of section 27.
119. Penalty for failure to deliver up certificate of appointment or of office or other
article.—Any Police Officer, who wilfully neglects or refuses to deliver up his certificate of
appointment or of office or any other article, in accordance with the provisions of sub-section
(1) of section 29, shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may
extend to one month, or with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees or with both.
120. Vexatious entry, search, arrest, etc., by a Police Officer.—Any Police Officer
who,—
(a) without lawful authority or reasonable cause enters or searches, or causes to be
entered or searched, any building, room, enclosure, vehicle, vessel, tent or place; or
(b) vexatiously and unnecessarily seizes the property of any person; or
(c) vexatiously and unnecessarily detains, searches or arrests any person; or
(d) offers any unnecessary personal violence to any person in his custody; or
(e) holds out any threat or promise not warranted by law,
shall for every such offence, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which
may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.
121. Penalty for vexatious delay in forwarding a person arrested.—Any Police Officer
who veraciously and unnecessarily delays forwarding any person arrested to a 1[Judicial
Magistrate]1 or to any other authority to whom he is legally bound to forward such person,
shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six
months or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees or with both.
1. Substituted by Act 13 of 1965 w.e.f 1.10.1965
122. Penalty for opposing or not complying with direction given under section 72.—
Whoever opposes or fails forthwith to comply with any reasonable direction given by a
Magistrate or a Police Officer under section 72 or abets opposition thereto or failure to
comply therewith, shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may
extend to one year, but shall not, except for reasons to be recorded in writing, be less than
four months and shall also be liable to fine.
123. Penalty for causing disaffection, etc.—(1) Whoever intentionally causes or
attempts to cause, or does any act which he knows is likely to cause, disaffection towards
the Government established by law in India, among the members of the police force, or
induces or attempts to induce, or does any act which he knows is likely to induce, any
member of the police force to withhold his services or to commit a breach of discipline shall
be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which
may extend to two hundred rupees, or with both.
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Explanation.—Expressions of disapprobation of the measures of the Government with a
view to obtain their alteration by lawful means, or of the disapprobation of the administrative
or other action of the Government, do not constitute an offence under this section unless
they cause or are made for the purpose of causing or likely to cause disaffection.
(2) Nothing shall be deemed to be an offence under this section which is done in good
faith,—
(a) for the purpose of promoting the welfare or interests of any member of the police
force by inducing him to withhold his services in any manner authorised by law; or
(b) by or on behalf of any association formed for the purpose of furthering the interests
of members of the police force as such, where the association has been authorised or
recognised by the Government and the act done is done under any rules or articles of the
association which have been approved by the Government.
(3) No court shall take cognizance of any offence under this section except with the
previous sanction, or on the complaint, of the District Magistrate.
(4) No court inferior to that of a magistrate of the first class shall try any offence under this
section.
(5) Notwithstanding anything contained in Chapter XXII of the Code of Criminal
Procedure, 1898, no offence under this section shall be triable summarily.
124. Jurisdiction when offender is a Police Officer above the rank of a constable.—
Offences against this Act, when the accused person or any one of the accused persons is a
Police Officer above the rank of a constable, shall not be cognizable except by a Magistrate
not lower than a Magistrate of the second class.
125. Penalty for unauthorised use of police uniform.—If any person not being a
member of the police force wears, without the permission of the officer authorised by the
Government in this behalf or by a general or special order for any area in the State, the
uniform of the police force or any dress having the appearance or bearing any of the
distinctive marks of that uniform, he shall, on conviction be punished with fine which may
extend to two hundred rupees.
126. Prosecution for certain offences against the Act to be in the discretion of the
police.—It will not except in obedience to a rule or order made by the Government or by the
competent authority, be incumbent on the Police to prosecute for an offence punishable
under sections 92, 93, 103, 106, 110, 111 or 117 when such offence has not occasioned
serious mischief and has been promptly desisted from on warning given.
127. Summary disposal of certain cases.—(1) A court taking cognizance of an offence
punishable 1[under sub-section (1) of section 92 or]1 under clause (iii) of section 103, for
contravention of an order made under clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 31, may state
upon the summons to be served on the accused person that he may, by a specified date
prior to the hearing of the charge, plead guilty to the charge by registered letter and remit to
the Court such sum, not exceeding twenty-five rupees, as the court may specify.
1. Inserted by Act 18 of 1975 w.e.f 15.5.1975
(2) Where an accused person pleads guilty and remits the sum specified, no further
proceedings in respect of the offence shall be taken against him.
128. Prosecution for offences under other enactments not affected.—Nothing in this
Act shall be construed to prevent any person from being prosecuted and punished under any
other enactment for any offence made punishable by this Act or from being prosecuted and
punished under this Act for an offence punishable under any other enactment:
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Provided that all such cases shall be subject to the provisions of section 403 of the Code
of Criminal Procedure, 1898.
CHAPTER IX
VILLAGE POLICE
129. Constitution of Village Police.—The village Police shall consist of a police patel
and such village police officers of such grades as may be prescribed.
130. Administration, control and direction of village police in whom vested.—The
administration of the village police in each district shall, under the general control and
direction of the Government be exercised by the District Magistrate.
131. Power to delegate.—The District Magistrate may with the sanction of the
Government delegate any of his powers under this Chapter to,—
(i) the Superintendent; and
(ii) any officer of the Revenue Department in the district exercising the powers of a
Magistrate.
Such officer is hereinafter referred to in this Chapter as “the authorised officer”.
132. Village Police in village to be under charge of Police Patel.—(1) Subject to such
rules which may be made by the Government in this behalf, the village police in each village
shall be appointed by the District Magistrate and shall be under the charge of such person
as the District Magistrate shall appoint in writing as the Police Patel.
(2) In any village or place, where the duties cannot be efficiently performed by one police
patel, the District Magistrate may appoint one or more additional Police Patels and place
them in charge of different divisions into which the village or place may be divided for police
purposes.
(3) The District Magistrate may also appoint a Police Patel for more than one village.
133. Duties of Police Patel.—The Police Patel shall, subject to the orders of the District
Magistrate,—
(i) act under the orders of the authorised officer and within whose jurisdiction the
village is situated;
(ii) furnish such authorised officer with any returns or information called for and keep
him informed as to the state of crime and all matters connected with the Village Police;
(iii) afford all police officers every assistance in his power when called upon by them
for assistance in the performance of their duties;
(iv) obey and execute all orders issued to him by a Magistrate or a Police Officer;
(v) collect and communicate to the Police Officer information affecting the public
peace;
(vi) detect and bring offenders in the village to justice;
(vii) arrest persons whom he has reason to believe to have committed cognizable
offences; and
(viii) prevent within the limits of his village, as far as possible, the commission of
offences and public nuisances.
134. Authority over the village servants.—The Police Patel shall have authority to
require all village servants, in whatever capacity ordinarily employed, to aid him in
performing the duties entrusted to him; and it shall be the duty of the village revenue
accountant, whether hereditary or stipendiary, to help the Police Patel in the preparation of
returns and proceedings.
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135. Precautions against robbery, etc.—The Police Patel shall arrange for the
distribution of the village police in the village so as to afford utmost possible security against
robbery, breach of the peace and acts injurious to the public and to the village community
and shall report to the Magistrate or officer in charge of the police station within whose local
jurisdiction the village is situated, all instances of misconduct or neglect committed by any
member of the village police.
136. Information received regarding commission of cognizable offences.—The
Police Patel shall convey to the police officer in charge of a police station within whose local
jurisdiction the village is situated, immediate report of the information which he may receive
respecting the commission within the limits of his village of murders, dacoities, robberies,
thefts, mischiefs by fire and other cognizable offence and shall take necessary measures to
preserve the evidence and protect properties connected with the offence, pending the arrival
of such police officer.
137. Penalties for neglect of duty and punishment.—(1) The District Magistrate or the
authorised officer may for misconduct, neglect of duty, or for any other sufficient cause,
impose on any police patel or member of the village police liable to be called upon for the
performance of police duties, any of the following punishments, namely:—
(i) fine not exceeding one-fourth of the annual emoluments of his office;
(ii) suspension from office for a period not exceeding six months.
(2) Subject to the provisions of Article 311 of the Constitution, the District Magistrate may,
for misconduct, neglect of duty or other sufficient cause, impose on any Police Patel or
member of the village police liable to be called for the performance of police duties the
punishment of removal or dismissal from office.
(3) Any person aggrieved by an order under sub-section (1) or (2), may within sixty days
from the date of receipt of such order, appeal to the prescribed officer and the decision of the
prescribed officer on such appeal shall be final.
138. Liability to criminal prosecution not affected.—Nothing in the last preceding
section shall affect the liability of any Police Patel or other member of the village police to
criminal prosecution for any offence with which he may be charged.
139. Information to Officer in charge of Police Station, when a criminal in the village
has escaped or is not known.—If an offence has been committed within the limits of the
village and the offender has escaped or is not known, the Police Patel shall forward
immediate information to the officer in charge of the police station within whose local
jurisdiction the village is situated.
140. Information regarding unnatural or sudden death or corpse found in the
village.—If any unnatural or sudden death occurs or any corpse be found within the limits of
the village, the Police Patel shall send immediate written information to the officer in charge
of the police station within whose local jurisdiction the village is situated and shall assist such
Police Officer in any inquest, inquiry or investigation which may be held in respect of such
death.
141. Police Patel to arrest person whom he believes to have committed a
cognizable offence, and forward him to the police station, etc.—(1) It shall be lawful for
the Police Patel to arrest any person within the limits of his village, who, he may have reason
to believe has committed an offence for which a Police Officer may arrest without warrant
and to forward such person within twenty-four hours of such arrest, together with all articles
likely to be useful as evidence to the officer in charge of the police station within whose local
jurisdiction the village is situated.
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(2) The Police Patel shall have authority in carrying out any pursuit of alleged criminals to
enter and act within the limits of other villages, provided that in such cases immediate
information shall be sent to the Police Patel of the village so entered who shall afford all
assistance in his power to continue the pursuit.
142. Unclaimed Property.—It shall be lawful for the Police Patel to take charge of all
unclaimed property found within the village limits or made over to him under the provisions of
this Act. He shall forthwith make a report to the District Magistrate or the authorised officer
and act thereafter as he may be directed by the said Magistrate, or officer.
143. Provision in case of absence, sudden illness, etc., of Police Patel.—When the
Police Patel is unable to attend to his duty on account of absence from the village, sudden
illness or other cause, he shall place a competent member of the Village Police in charge of
his office and make an immediate report to the District Magistrate or authorised officer to
whom he is subordinate. The person so placed in charge shall, until receipt of orders to the
contrary, be subject to the rights and liabilities of a Police Patel under this Act.
CHAPTER X
STATE RESERVE POLICE FORCE
144. Definitions.—In this Chapter, unless the context otherwise requires,—
(a) “active duty” means,—
(i) the duty to investigate offences involving a breach of peace or danger to life or
property and to search for and apprehend persons concerned in such offences or who are
so desperate and dangerous as to render their being at large hazardous to the community;
(ii) the duty to take all adequate measures for the extinguishing of fires or to prevent
damage to person or property on the occasion of such occurrences as fires, floods,
earthquakes, enemy action or riots and to restore peace and preserve order on such
occasions;
(iii) such other duty as may be specified to be active duty by the Government or the
Inspector-General in a direction issued under section 151;
(b) ‘Commandant’ and ‘Assistant Commandant’ mean respectively persons appointed to
be those officers by Government under section 146;
(c) ‘follower’ means any person appointed to do the work of a cook, mess servant,
washerman, cobbler, barber, tailor, sweeper or an orderly in connection with the State
Reserve Police Force;
(d) ‘members of the subordinate ranks’ means members of the State Reserve Police of
and below the rank of Subedar Major;
(e) ‘Reserve Police Officer’ means any member of the State Reserve Police Force
established under this Chapter;
(f) ‘superior officer’ means in relation to any Reserve Police Officer, a Reserve Police
Officer of a higher rank than, or of a higher grade in the same class as, or of the same rank
as, but senior to, himself.
145. Constitution of the State Reserve Police Force.—(1) 1[The Government may
establish]1 and maintain an armed reserve police force known as the State Reserve Police
Force, in such manner as may be prescribed.
1.
Substituted by Act 18 of 1975 w.e.f 15.5.1975
(2) The Government or any officer empowered by it in this behalf may,—
(a) divide the State Reserve Police Force into battalions;
(b) sub-divide each battalion into companies and each company into platoons;
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(c) post any battalion, company or platoon at such places as the Government or the
officer empowered by it in this behalf may deem fit.
146. Superintendence, control and administration of Force.—(1) The Government
may appoint for each battalion a Commandant who shall be a person of the rank of a
Superintendent and Assistant Commandments of the rank of Deputy Superintendents.
(2) The Commandant, the Assistant Commandant, and every such other officer so
appointed shall have and may exercise such powers and authority as may be provided by or
under this Act.
(3) Subject to the general or special orders of the Government the Inspector-General of
Police shall appoint the Subedar Majors and Subedars.
147. Enrolment.—(1) Before any person appointed to be a Reserve Police Officer joins
his appointment a declaration in the form in Schedule II shall be read out and, if he so
desires, explained to him in the presence of a Commandant or an Assistant Commandant or
a Police Officer not lower in rank than a Superintendent or a Deputy Commissioner of Police
and shall be signed by him in token of his having undertaken to abide by the conditions
prescribed therein. The declaration shall then be attested by such Commandant, Assistant
Commandant or Police Officer, as the case may be.
(2) No Reserve Police Officer shall resign his appointment except in accordance with the
terms of the declaration signed by him under sub-section (1).
(3) If any Reserve Police Officer resigns in contravention of this section, he shall be liable,
without prejudice to any other penalty imposed by this Act or any other law for the time being
in force, on the order of the Commandant to forfeit all arrears of pay due to him.
148. Transfers.—(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, it shall be competent
for the Government to transfer members of the Police Force appointed under Chapter II, to
the State Reserve Police Force established under this Chapter and vice versa:
Provided that the Government may delegate its power under sub-section (1) in so far as it
relates to the members of the subordinate ranks of the respective Police Force to the
Inspector-General.
(2) On the transfer of a member of the Police Force appointed under Chapter II to the
State Reserve Police Force established under this Chapter, or vice versa, he shall be
deemed to be a member of the Police Force to which he is transferred and in the
performance of his functions, he shall, subject to such orders as the Government may make,
be deemed to be vested with the powers and privileges and be subject to the liabilities, of a
member of such grade in the Police Force to which he has been transferred, as may be
specified in the orders.
149. Certificate of appointment.—(1) A Subedar Major and Subedar shall, on
appointment, receive from the Inspector-General a certificate of appointment containing
particulars of his name, age and his previous service, if any.
(2) Every Reserve Police Officer below the rank of a Subedar shall on appointment
receive a certificate in the form of Schedule III, which shall be issued under the seal of the
Commandant.
(3) Every person who for any reason ceases to be a Reserve Police Officer, shall
forthwith deliver up to an officer empowered by the Commandant to receive the same, his
certificate of appointment and the arms, accoutrements, clothing and other necessaries
which have been furnished to him for the execution of his office.
150. General powers of Commandant.—The Commandant shall, subject to the orders
of the Inspector-General of Police, direct and regulate all matters of arms, drill, exercise,
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mutual relations, distribution of duties, and all the matters of executive detail in the fulfilment
of their duties by the members of the battalion in his charge.
151. General duties of members of the State Reserve Police Force.—(1) Every
Reserve Police Officer shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be always on duty in
the 1[State of Karnataka]1 and any Reserve Police Officer and any member or body of
Reserve Police Officers may, if the Government or the Inspector-General of Police so
directs, be employed on active duty for so long as and wherever the service of the same
may be required.
1.
Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973
(2) Every direction issued under sub-section (1) shall specify that the duty on which any
Reserve Police Officer or any member or body of such officers is directed to be employed
shall be deemed as active duty for the purpose of this Act.
Explanation.—The direction of the Government or of the Inspector-General of Police
whether a Reserve Police Officer is required or is on active duty shall be final.
(3) A Reserve Police Officer employed on active duty under sub-section (1), or when a
member or body of Reserve Police Officers are so employed, the officer in charge of such
member or body shall be responsible for the efficient performance of that duty and all police
officers who but for the employment of one or more reserve police officers or body of reserve
police officers would be responsible for the performance of that duty will, to the best of their
ability, assist and co-operate with the said reserve police officer or officers in charge of a
member or body of reserve police officers.
152. Reserve Police Officer to be deemed to be in charge of Police Station.—(1)
When employed on active duty at any place under sub-section (1) of section 151, the senior
reserve police officer of the highest rank not being lower than that of a Naik present shall be
deemed to be an officer in charge of the police station for the purposes of Chapter IX of the
Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sections 100 and 103 of the Indian Penal Code,
a Reserve Police Officer employed as aforesaid may, when there is reasonable
apprehension of assault on himself or any Reserve Police Officer or of damage or harm to
any property or person which or whom it is his duty to protect, use such force to the wrong
doer or assailant as may be reasonably necessary even though the use of such force may
involve risk of death of the wrong doer or the assailant or any other person assisting such
wrong doer or assailant.
153. Offence in respect of resignation contrary to provisions.—If any reserve police
officer resigns his appointment in contravention of section 147, he shall be punished with
imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine which may extend to one
thousand rupees or with both.
154. Offence in respect of refusal to deliver certificate of appointment, etc.—Any
reserve police officer who wilfully neglects or refuses to deliver up his certificate of
appointment or any other article in accordance with sub-section (3) of section 149, shall be
punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or with fine which
may extend to five hundred rupees or with both.
155. More heinous offences.—Every Reserve Police Officer who,—
(a) begins, excites, causes, or conspires to cause or joins in any mutiny, or being present
at any mutiny, does not use his utmost endeavours to suppress it by force of arms, if
necessary, or knowing, or having reason to believe in, the existence of any mutiny, or
of any intention or conspiracy to mutiny or of any conspiracy against the State does
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not, without delay, give information thereof to his superior officer present at or near the
place, or
(b) uses, or attempts to use criminal force to, or commits an assault on his superior officer,
knowing or having reason to believe him to be such, whether on or off duty; or
(c) shamefully abandons or delivers up any post, guard, building, fortification, or property
which is committed to his charge, or which it is his duty to defend; or
(d) in the presence of any person in arms against whom it is his duty to act, shamefully
casts away his arms or his ammunition or intentionally uses words of any other means
to induce any reserve police officer or any police officer to abstain from acting against
any such person in arms, or to discourage such officer from acting against any such
person in arms or who is otherwise guilty of cowardice or misbehavior in the presence
of any such person in arms; or
(e) directly or indirectly holds correspondence with, or communicates intelligence to, or
assists, or relieves, any person in arms against the State, or any person conspiring
against Government or public security or any person to be arrested, or omits to
discover immediately to his superior officer present, any such correspondence or
communication coming to his knowledge; or
(f) directly or indirectly sells, gives away, or otherwise disposes, or agrees to, or assists
in, the sale, gift or disposal of any arms, ammunition or equipment to any such person
as aforesaid, or knowingly harbors or protects any such person; or
(g) while on active duty,—
(i) disobeys the lawful command of his superior officer; or
(ii) deserts his force or his post; or
(iii) being a sentry, or otherwise detailed to remain alert, sleeps at his post or quits it
without being regularly relieved or without leave; or
(iv) without authority leaves his commanding officer for any purpose whatsoever; or
(v) uses criminal force to, or commits an assault on, any person whom he has not any
reason to believe to be in arms against the State and against whom it is his duty to
act, or without authority breaks into any house or other place for plunder or any
illegal purpose, or wilfully and unnecessarily plunders, destroys or damages any
property of any kind; or
(vi) intentionally causes or spreads a false alarm in action or in camp, garrison or
quarters,
shall, on conviction, be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to
fourteen years and shall also be liable to fine.
Explanation.—A Reserve Police Officer shall be deemed to desert the force if he leaves
his place of duty or posting without the permission of his superior officer and he shall be
deemed to desert his post if he leaves any sentry, beat, point, building, vehicle, or other
place at which or in which he is specifically ordered by his superior officer to perform the
duty assigned to him.
156. Less heinous offences.—Every Reserve Police Officer who,(a) assaults or uses or attempts to use criminal force to any sentry; or
(b) being in command of a guard, piquet or patrol, refuses to receive any prisoner lawfully
made over to his charge, or whether in such command or not, releases any prisoner or
person without proper authority or negligently suffers any prisoner or person to
escape; or
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(c) being in command of a guard, piquet or patrol, permits any person belonging to such
guard, piquet or patrol to engage himself in gambling or other behaviour prejudicial to
good order and discipline; or
(d) being under arrest or in confinement, leaves his arrest or confinement before he is set
at liberty by lawful authority; or
(e) is grossly insubordinate to his superior officer in the execution of his office; or
(f) refuses to superintend or assist in making or carrying out of any construction of any
description ordered to be made either in quarters or in the field; or
(g) assaults or otherwise ill-uses any reserve police officer with reference to whom he is a
superior officer; or
(h) designedly or through neglect damages or loses or fraudulently or without due
authority disposes of his arms, clothes, tools, equipment, ammunition, accoutrements
or other necessaries furnished to him for the execution of his office or any such articles
entrusted to him or to any other person; or
(i) malingers, feigns, or produces disease or infirmity in himself or intentionally delays his
cure or aggravates his disease or infirmity; or
(j) with intent to render himself or any other person unfit for duty, voluntarily causes hurt
to himself or any other person; or
(k) commits extortion or without lawful authority extorts from any person carriage,
porterage or provisions; or
(l) willfully or negligently ill-treats, injures or causes the death of any animal or damages,
loses, or makes away with any animal or vehicle used in the public service,
shall, on conviction, be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to
six months or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees or with both.
157. Reserve Police Officer in command to give information of offences committed
under the Act by Reserve Police Officer under his charge.—A Reserve Police Officer
who, being in command of any guard, piquet, party, patrol or detachment and knowing of the
commission or of a design to commit any offence punishable under the preceding three
sections, by or on the part of any reserve police officer under his command, intentionally
omits or without reasonable excuse, the burden of proving which shall lie on him, fails to give
information of such commission or design to his superior officer shall, on conviction, be
punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine
which may extend to five hundred rupees or with both.
158. Place of imprisonment and liability to dismissal on imprisonment.—(1) Every
person sentenced under this Act to imprisonment may be dismissed from the State Reserve
Police Force, and his pay, allowance and any other moneys due to him, as well as any
medals and decorations received by him shall further be liable to forfeiture.
(2) Every such person shall, if he is so dismissed, be imprisoned in the prescribed prison,
but if he is also not dismissed from the State Reserve Police Force, he may, if the Court so
directs, be confined in the quarter-guard or such other place as the Court may consider
suitable.
159. Minor punishments.—(1) A Commandant, or subject to the control of the
Commandant, an Assistant Commandant or subject to the same control, an officer not below
the rank of Jamadar in independent command of a detachment or an outpost or in temporary
command of Group Headquarters during the absence of the Commandant or Assistant
Commandant may award to any reserve police officer not higher in rank than a Battalion
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Havildar Major or to any follower subject to his authority, any of the following punishments
for the commission of any offence against discipline which is not otherwise provided for in
this Act, or which in the opinion of the Commandant, Assistant Commandant or officer, as
the case may be, is not of sufficiently serious nature to call for the prosecution before a
criminal court, that is to say,—
(a) punishment drill, extra guard, fatigue or any other duty for a term which may extend
when the order is passed by the Commandant to fourteen days, and, when the order is
passed by any other officer, to seven days;
(b) forfeiture of pay and allowance or such portion of pay and allowance as he
considers necessary for a period which may extend, when the order is passed by the
Commandant, to one month, and when the order is passed by any other officer, to ten days;
(c) fine to an amount not exceeding one month’s pay:
Provided that,—
(i) no power under this sub-section shall be exercised by a Commandant or Assistant
Commandant or other officer not below the rank of a Jamadar unless the person to be
awarded any of these punishments is under the command of such officer at the time when
the breach of discipline or misconduct occurred and also when the power is exercised, and
(ii) when more than one officer are competent under proviso (i) to exercise the power,
the most senior of such officers shall exercise the power.
(2) Any of the punishments specified in sub-section (1) may be awarded separately or
with any one or more of the others:
Provided that fine shall not be awarded in combination with forfeiture of pay or
allowances.
(3) No appeal shall lie from any order or punishment passed under this section except
from an order of punishment of fine as provided in sub-section (4).
(4) An appeal against any order awarding punishment of fine shall lie to the Government
or to such officer as the Government may by general or special order specify in this behalf.
(5) Whenever a Commandant or an Assistant Commandant or other officer passes an
order under sub-section (1), he shall enter in a book to be kept for the purpose a brief
description of the default, together with the names of witnesses, explanation of the defaulter
and the order of punishment and shall sign and date each such order.
160. Protection for acts of members of Force.—(1) In any suit or proceeding against
any member of the State Reserve Police Force for any act done by him in pursuance of a
warrant or order of a competent authority, it shall be lawful for him to plead that such act was
done by him under the authority of such warrant or order.
(2) Any such plea may be proved by the production of the warrant or order directing the
act, and if it is so proved, the member of the said Force shall thereupon be discharged from
liability in respect of the act so done by him, notwithstanding any defect in the jurisdiction of
the authority which issued such warrant or order.
161. Reserve police officer to be a police officer.—Except as specifically provided in
this Chapter, every Reserve Police Officer shall for all purposes be deemed to be a police
officer as defined in section 2, and the provisions of this Act shall except in so far as they are
inconsistent with the provisions of this Chapter apply to every such Reserve Police Officer.
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CHAPTER XI
MISCELLANEOUS
162. Disposal of fees, rewards, etc.—All fees paid for licences or written permissions
issued under this Act, and all sums paid for the service of processes by Police Officers, and
all rewards, forfeiture and penalties or shares thereof which are by law payable to Police
Officers as informers, shall save in so far as any such fees or sums belong under the
provisions of any enactment in force to any local authority, be credited to the Government:
Provided that with the sanction of the Government, or under any rule made by the
Government in that behalf the whole or any portion of such reward, forfeiture or penalty may,
for special services, be paid to a Police Officer, or be divided amongst two or more Police
Officers.
163. Power of Government to make rules.—(1) The Government may, after previous
publication, by notification in the official Gazette make rules for carrying out the purposes of
this Act.
(2) In particular and without prejudice to generality of the foregoing power, such rules may
provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:—
(i) organisation and regulation of the Village Police such as (a) the relation of members
of the Village Police Force to one another and to the regular Police, (b) the power or duties
of Village Police Officers of different grades, (c) the manner of appointment of Police Patel
and other Village Police Officers and the procedure to be followed in making such
appointment;
(ii) for the registration, surveillance, and control of gangs or classes or persons
believed to be addicted to the systematic commission of crime and for the recording of finger
impressions by the Police of any person who,—
(a) is in custody for a non-bailable offence, or
(b) has no settled abode and is suspected to
(c) is a member of a gang or class of persons generally addicted to crime;
(iii) (a) regulation of the number, classes and grades of the State Reserve Police
force and its administration and inspection;
(b) recruitment, organisation, classification, and discipline of the subordinate ranks
of the State Reserve Police; and
(c) description and quantity of arms, accoutrements, clothing and other necessaries
to be furnished to the members of the Police.
(d) disposal of property taken charge under section 75.
(3) For every breach of any rule under clause (ii) of sub-section (2), the offender shall, on
conviction, be punished with imprisonment not exceeding eight days or with fine not
exceeding ten rupees.
(4) All rules made by the Government under this Act, shall be laid as soon as may be
after they are made, before each House of the State Legislature while it is in session, for a
total period of thirty days, which may be comprised in one session or in two successive
sessions and if, before the expiry of the session in which it is so laid or the session
immediately following, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both
Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in
such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so however that any such
modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything done under
that rule.
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(5) All rules made under this Act shall, subject to any modification made under subsection (4), have effect as if enacted in this Act.
164. Method of proving orders and notifications.—Any order or notification published
or issued by the Government or by a Magistrate or Officer under any provision of this Act,
and the due publication or issue thereof, may be proved by production of a copy thereof, in
the official Gazette or of a copy thereof signed by such Magistrate or Officer, and by him
certified to be a true copy of the original published or issued according to the provisions of
the section of this Act applicable thereto.
165. Rules and order not invalidated by defect in form or irregularity in
procedure.—No rule, order, direction, adjudication, inquiry or notification made or published,
and no act done under any provision of this Act or of any rule made under this Act, or in
substantial conformity to the same, shall be deemed illegal, void, invalid or insufficient by
reason of any defect of form or any irregularity of procedure.
166. Presumptions in prosecutions for contravention of directions issued under
sections 54, 55, 56, or 63.—Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time
being in force in a prosecution for an offence for the contravention of a direction issued
under sections 54, 55, 56, or 63 on the production of an authentic copy of the order, it shall,
until the contrary is proved and the burden of proving which shall lie on the accused, be
presumed,—
(a) that the order was made by the authority competent under this Act to make it;
(b) that the authority making the order was satisfied that the grounds on or the purpose
for which it was made existed and that it was necessary to make the same; and
(c) that the order was otherwise valid and in conformity with the provisions of this Act.
167. Officers holding charge of, or succeeding to, vacancies competent to exercise
powers.—Whenever in consequence of the office of a Commissioner, or Police Officer
becoming vacant, any officer holds charge or additional charge of the post of such
Commissioner, or Police Officer or succeeds, either temporarily or permanently, to his office,
such officer shall be competent to exercise all the powers and perform all the duties
respectively conferred and imposed by this Act on such Commissioner, or Police Officer, as
the case may be.
168. Forfeiture of bond entered into by person permitted to enter or return to the
area from which he was directed to remove himself.—If any person permitted under subsection (1) of section 62 fails to observe any condition imposed under the said sub-section or
in the bond entered into by him under sub-section (2) of the said section, his bond shall be
forfeited and any person bound thereby shall pay the penalty thereof or show cause to the
satisfaction of the court why such penalty should not be paid.
169. Protection of Magistrate, Police Officer or public servant.—(1) No Magistrate or
Police Officer shall be liable to any penalty or to payment of damage on account of any act
done in good faith in pursuance or intended pursuance of any duty imposed on any authority
conferred on him by any provision of this Act or of any other law for the time being in force or
any rule, order or direction made or given therein.
(2) No public servant or person duly authorised or appointed shall be liable to any penalty
or to payment of any damages for giving effect in good faith to any such order or direction
issued with apparent authority by the Government or by a person empowered in that behalf
under this Act or any rule or order or direction made or given thereunder.
170. Suits or prosecutions in respect of acts done under colour of duty as
aforesaid not to be entertained without sanction of Government.—(1) In any case of
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alleged offence by the Commissioner, a Magistrate, Police Officer or Reserve Police Officer
or other person, or of a wrong alleged to have been done by such Commissioner,
Magistrate, Police Officer or Reserve Police Officer or other person, by any act done under
colour or in excess of any such duty or authority as aforesaid, or wherein it shall appear to
the court that the offence or wrong if committed or done was of the character aforesaid, the
prosecution or suit shall not be entertained except with the previous sanction of the
Government.
(2) In the case of an intended suit on account of such a wrong as aforesaid, the person
intending to sue shall be bound to give to the alleged wrongdoer one month’s notice at least
of the intended suit with sufficient description of the wrong complained of, failing which such
suit shall be dismissed.
(3) The plaint shall set forth that a notice as aforesaid has been served on the defendant
and the date of such service, and shall state whether any, and if so, what tender of amends
has been made by the defendant. A copy of the said notice shall be annexed to the plaint
endorsed or accompanied with a declaration by the plaintiff of the time and manner of
service thereof.
171. Licences and permissions to specify conditions, etc. and to be signed.—(1)
Any licence or written permission granted under the provisions of this Act shall specify the
period and locality for which, and the conditions and restrictions subject to which, the same
is granted, and shall be given under the signature of the competent authority and such fee
shall be charged therefor as is prescribed by any rule under this Act in that behalf.
(2) Any licence or written permission granted under this Act may at any time be
suspended or revoked by the competent authority if any of its conditions or restrictions is
infringed or evaded by the person to whom it has been granted if such person is convicted of
any offence in any matter to which such licence or permission relates.
(3) When any such licence or written permission is suspended or revoked, or when the
period for which the same was granted has expired, the person to whom the same was
granted, shall, for all purposes of this Act, be deemed to be without a licence or written
permission, until the order for suspending or revoking the same is cancelled, or until the
same is renewed, as the case may be.
(4) Every person to whom any such licence or written permission has been granted shall,
while the same remains in force, at all reasonable times produce the same, if so required by
a Police Officer.
Explanation.—For the purpose of this section any such infringement or evasion by, or
conviction of, a servant or other agent acting on behalf of the person to whom the licence or
written permission has been granted shall be deemed to be infringement, or evasion by or as
the case may be, conviction of, the person to whom such licence or written permission has
been granted.
172. Public notices how to be given.—Any public notice required to be given under any
of the provisions of this Act shall be in writing under the signature of a competent authority
and shall be published in the locality to be affected thereby, affixing copies thereof in
conspicuous public places, or by proclaiming the same with beat of drums, or by advertising
the same in such local newspapers, as the said authority may deem fit, or by any two or
more of these means and by any other means it may think suitable.
173. Consent, etc., of a competent authority may be proved by writing under his
signature.—Whenever under this Act, the doing or the omitting to do anything or the validity
of anything depends upon the consent, approval, declaration, opinion or satisfaction of a
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competent authority a written document signed by a competent authority purporting to
convey or set forth such consent, approval, declaration, opinion or satisfaction shall be
sufficient evidence thereof.
174. Signature on notices, etc., may be stamped.—Every licence, written permission,
notice or other document, not being a summons or warrant or search warrant, required by
this Act, or by any rule thereunder to bear the signature of the Commissioner, shall be
deemed to be properly signed if it bears a facsimile of his signature stamped thereon.
175. Saving in respect of rescission of certain provisions.—When,—
(i) any rule or order is made under this Act for a limited period, or
(ii) any rule or order made under this Act is rescinded, or
(iii) any provision of sub-section (1) of section 92 is extended to any local area for a limited
period, or
(iv) the extension of any provision of sub-section (1) of section 92 to any local area is
rescinded,
the provisions of section 6 of the 1[Karnataka]1 General Clauses Act, 1899, shall be
applicable as if the rule, order or provision in question were a permanent enactment and had
been repealed immediately before its expiry or recession, as the case may be.
1. Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973
176. Saving of games of skill.—For the removal of doubts it is hereby declared that the
provisions of sections 79 and 80 shall not be applicable to the playing of any pure game of
skill and to wagering by persons taking part in such game of skill.
177. Persons interested may apply to Government to annul, reverse or alter any
order.—In the case of any rule or order made by the Government under an authority
conferred by this Act and requiring the public or a particular class of persons to perform
some duty or act, or to conduct or order themselves or those under their control in a manner
therein described, it shall be competent to any person interested to apply to the Government,
to annul, reverse or alter the rule or order aforesaid on the ground of its being unlawful,
oppressive or unreasonable.
(2) After such an application as aforesaid and the rejection thereof wholly or in part or
after the lapse of six months without an answer to such application or a decision thereon
published by the Government, it shall be competent to the person interested and deeming
the rule or order contrary to law to institute a suit against the State for a declaration that the
rule or order is unlawful either wholly or in part. The decision in such suit shall be subject to
appeal; and a rule or order finally adjudged to be unlawful shall by the Government be
annulled or reversed or so altered as to make it conformable to law.
178. Repeal and saving.—The enactments mentioned in Schedule IV and any other
laws or rules corresponding to any provision of this Act are hereby repealed:
Provided that the provisions of section 6 of the 1[Karnataka]1 General Clauses Act, 1899,
shall be applicable in respect of the repeal of the said enactments and laws and sections 8
and 24 of the said Act shall be applicable as if the said enactments and laws had been
repealed and re-enacted by this Act.
1. Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973
179. Power to remove difficulties.—If any difficulty arises in giving effect to
provisions of this Act in consequence of the transition to the said provisions from
provisions of the Acts in force immediately before the commencement of this Act,
Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make such provisions as appear
to be necessary or expedient for removing the difficulty.
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SCHEDULE I
(See section 13).
Certificate of Appointment in the Police Force.
1
[State of Karnataka]1
No . . . . . . . . .
Certificate of appointment issued under
Photograph to be affixed
1
1
the [Karnataka] Police Act, 1963 . . . . . .
in the case of Inspectors
..................
and Sub-Inspectors.
Shri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
has been appointed as . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and is invested with
the powers, functions and privileges of a Police Officer under
the 1[Karnataka]1 Police Act, 1963 (1[Karnataka]1 Act 4 of
1964).
On the . . . . . . . . . day of . . . . . . .19 .
Seal
Signature . . . . . . . . . . .
Designation . . . . . . . . .
Particulars—
1. Father’s Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2. Native place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3. Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4. Length of previous service, if any . . . . .
Photograph to be affixed
in the case of Inspector
and sub-Inspector.
1. Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973
-------SCHEDULE II
(See section 147).
Form of Declaration to be Signed Before Joining Appointment in the
State Reserve Police Force.
1. (Name in full) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (designation in the case of a member of a
Police Force/address in the case of direct recruit) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . declare that,—
(1) I am willing to serve, wherever posted, in the State Reserve Police Force.
(2) I shall not be entitled to resign my appointment in the State Reserve Police Force or to apply
for a transfer to any other Police Force until I have completed the prescribed period of service in the
State Reserve Force, and
(3) I shall not be entitled to resign my appointment or to apply for the transfer in the manner
specified in (2) above even after the completion of the prescribed period of service, if on the relevant
date I am on active duty or if my resignation or transfer as the case may be would cause the
vacancies in my Group to exceed such percentage of the sanctioned strength of the Group as may for
the time being have been prescribed by the State Government.
Signature in token of the above declaration having been read out and
explained to the declarant and of his having understood and accepted it.
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Signed in my presence after I had satisfied myself that (name in full) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(designation in the case of a member of a Police Force/full address in the case of a direct recruit) . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . has understood and accepted the declaration and signed it in my
presence.
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Signature . . . . . . . . . . . .
Commandant or Assistant
Commandant or Police
Officer.
Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Designation of the Officer before who the
declaration is signed.
SCHEDULE III
(See section 149).
Form of Certificate for a State Reserve Police Officer below the
rank of a Subedar.
Seal of the
Commandant
A B has been appointed to the State Reserve Police Force in the 1[State of Karnataka]1 and is
vested with the powers, functions and privileges of a Reserve Police Officer under the 1[Karnataka]1
Police Act, 1963 (1[Karnataka]1 Act 4 of 1964).
Signature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Commandant,
State Reserve Police Force,
Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
.................
1.
Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order 1973 w.e.f. 1.1.1973
------SCHEDULE IV
(See section 178).
Year
(1)
No.
(2)
1861
1867
1922
Central Act V
Central Act III
Central Act XXII
1867
1887
Bombay Act VIII
Bombay Act IV
1951
1951
Bombay Act XXII
Bombay Act XXXVIII
1305 F Hyderabad Act II
1329 F Hyderabad Act X
1951
Hyderabad Act XXIX
1816
Madras Regulation XI
1821
Madras Regulation IV
Short title
(3)
The Police Act, 1861.
The Public Gambling Act, 1867.
The Police (Incitement to Disaffection)
Act, 1922.
The Bombay Village Police Act, 1867.
The Bombay Prevention of Gambling
Act, 1887.
The Bombay Police Act, 1951.
The Bombay State Reserve Police
Act, 1951.
The Hyderabad Gambling Act, 1305 Fasli.
The Hyderabad District Police Act,
1329 Fasli.
The Hyderabad Public Security Measures
Act, 1951.
The Madras Village Police Regulation,
1816.
The Madras Village Police Regulation,
1821.
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1859
1888
1930
1948
Madras Act XXIV
Madras Act II of 1888
Madras Act III
Madras Act III
1948
Madras Act VIII
1948.
Mysore Act V
Mysore Act XXVII of 1952
1908
1952
The Madras District Police Act, 1859.
Madras Places of Public Resort Act, 1888.
The Madras Gambling Act, 1930.
The Madras Suppression of Disturbances
Act, 1948.
The Police (Madras Amendment) Act,
The Mysore Police Act, 1908.
The Mysore Places of Public Resort Act,
1952.
NOTIFICATIONS
I
Bangalore, dated the 27th March, 1965. [No. HD 21 PEG 65]
S.O. 2185.—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of Section 1 of the Mysore
Police Act, 1963 (Mysore Act No. 4 of 1964), the Government of Mysore hereby appoint 2nd day of
April 1965 as the date on which the said Act shall come into force.
By Order and in the name of the Governor of Mysore,
(M. S. SHANKARA RAO)
Secretary.
(Published in the Karnataka Gazette (Extraordinary) Part—IV- 2C (ii), dated 1st April, 1965 at page
530.)
II
Bangalore, dated 16th September, 1965. [No. HD 15 POR 65]
S.O. 3164.—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of Section 1 of the Code of
Criminal Procedure (Mysore Amendment) Act, 1965 (Mysore Act 13 of 1965), the Government of
Mysore hereby appoints the First-day of October 1965 as the date on which the said Act shall come
into force.
By Order and in the name of the Governor of Mysore,
(R. SRINIVASAN)
Under Secretary.
(Published in the Karnataka Gazette (Extraordinary) Part—IV-2C (ii), dated 23rd September,
1965.)
III
Bangalore, dated 4th March, 1992. [No. DPAR 3 SDE 92]
S.O. 463.- In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Karnataka
State Civil Services Act, 1978 (Karnataka Act No. 14 of 1990) the Government of Karnataka hereby
appoints the Second day of April, 1992 as the date on which the provisions of the Karnataka Civil
Services Act, 1978 shall come into force.
By Order and in the name of the Governor of Karnataka,
(MOTIRAM PAWAR)
Under Secretary to Government
Dept. of personnel and Administrative Reforms 2 (Service Rules).
(Published in the Karnataka Gazette (Extraordinary) Part—IV-2C (ii), dated 23rd March, 1992, at
page 376.)
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