Cognizance of cases by Tribunal
7. (1) The Tribunal shall take cognizance of a case only when an information in respect of a specified person is laid before it by a police officer of the area concerned, not below the rank of an Inspector of Police [or Sub-Inspector of Police in charge of Police Station] who has taken part in the investigation of the case. The information shall be signed by the officer concerned and shall briefly set out-
(a) the practices with which the person complained of is charged;
(b) instances, with details of time and place, of such practices;
(c) a statement of any relevant general reputation in which the said person is held and any other ground on which the information is based;
(d) names and other particulars of witnesses who will be produced to support the allegations contained in the information; and
(e) whether the said person is sought to be declared a goonda or a dangerous goonda.
(2) The officer laying the information may, if he thinks fit, enclose any of the above particulars in a sealed cover and request that the same be kept secret and the Tribunal shall order that such particulars shall not be disclosed at any stage of the enquiry, and that when the said particulars fall under clause (d) of sub-section (1) the name of the witness shall not be disclosed until such time as such witness is produced in evidence:
Provided that if the said officer or the person conducting the prosecution before the Tribunal desires that the name of any witness may not be disclosed at all, the Tribunal shall order accordingly.