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The Antiquities Act, 1968

( ACT NO. XIV OF 1968 )

Dealing in antiquities
21. (1) No person shall deal in antiquities except under and in accordance with a licence granted by the Director.
(2) Every dealer shall maintain a register in such manner and form as the Director may prescribe from time to time.
(3) A licence granted under sub-section (1) may be cancelled by the Director for the breach of any condition of the licence.
(4) The Director may, with a view to securing compliance with the provisions of this section,-
(a) require any person dealing in antiquities to give such information in his possession with respect to any business carried on by him as the Director may demand;
(b) inspect or cause to be inspected any book, register or other document belonging to or under the control of any person dealing in antiquities; and
(c) enter and search, or authorise any officer subordinate to him to enter and search, any premises and seize, or authorise any such officer, to seize, any antiquity in respect of which he has reason to believe that a breach of any condition of the licence has been committed.
1[(5) Whoever contravenes the provisions of this section shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both.
(6) The Court trying an offence under sub-section (5) may direct that any antiquities in respect of which the offence has been committed shall be forfeited to the Government.]

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    Sub-sections (5) and (6) were added by section 7 of the Antiquities (Amendment) Ordinance, 1976 (Ordinance No. LXXIII of 1976)
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