PREVENTION OF SMUGGLING - POWERS OF SEARCH, SEIZURE AND ARREST-ADJUDICATION OF OFFENCES
Persons to be searched may desire to be taken before gazetted officer of Customs or Magistrate
159. (1) When any officer of Customs is about to search any person under the provisions of section 158, the officer of Customs shall inform such person about his right to be taken to a gazetted officer of Customs or Magistrate, and if such person so desires take him without unnecessary delay to the nearest gazetted officer of Customs or Magistrate before searching him, and may detain him until he can be so taken.
(2) The gazetted officer of Customs or the Magistrate before whom such person is brought shall, if he sees no reasonable ground for search, forthwith discharge the person and record reasons for doing so, or else direct search to be made.
(3) Before making a search under section 158, the officer of Customs shall call upon two or more persons to attend and witness the search and may issue an order in writing to them or any of them so to do, and the search shall be made in the presence of such persons and a list of all things seized in the course of such search shall be prepared by such officer or other person and signed by such witnesses.
(4) A female shall not be searched except by a female.
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