OF FORESTS OFFICERS
Government may invest Forest-Officers with certain powers
72. (1) The Government may invest any Forest-officer with all or any of the following powers, that is to say:-
(a) power to enter upon any land and to survey, demarcate and make a map of the same;
(b) the powers of a Civil Court to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents and material objects;
(c) power to issue a search-warrant under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898
(d) power to hold an inquiry into forest-offences, and, in he course of such inquiry, to receive and record evidence.
(2) Any evidence recorded under clause (d) of sub-section (1) shall be admissible in any subsequent trial before a Magistrate, provided that it has been taken in the presence of the accused person.
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