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The Control of Disorderly and Dangerous Persons (Goondas) Act, 1954 (East Bengal Act)

( ACT NO. IV OF 1954 )

Orders by Tribunal
6. The Tribunal shall not be bound to follow the rules of evidence prescribed under the Evidence Act, 1872, and may inter alia by written order-
(a) direct that the whole or any part of the enquiry against any person complained of shall be held in camera;(b) for reasons to be stated in the order, accept evidence on affidavit of witnesses whose presence cannot be secured without such amount of delay or expense as would in the opinion of the Tribunal be unreasonable in the circumstances of the case, or any other ground sufficient in its opinion and connected with any matter arising in the case;
(c) for reasons to be stated in the order, record the statement of any witness in camera in the absence of the person complained against and his counsel, if the Tribunal is satisfied that the person complained against is deliberately evading appearance;
(d) receive in relation to the person complained of evidence of previous conviction or previous occasions of having been bound over to keep the peace or be of good behaviour;
(e) receive evidence of general repute in relation to the person complained of;
(f) direct any Magistrate having jurisdiction in the area to take such steps as may be necessary to protect the life and property of any person who has given or is required to give evidence in an enquiry under this Act;
(g) grant immunity from prosecution to any witness appearing in any enquiry under this Act, in respect of any matter relevant to the enquiry contained in his evidence; and
(h) direct, with reference to specified portions of the record of the enquiry, that no copies or abstracts shall be made by or furnished to any person including the persons complained of.

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