Power to seize and forfeit presses producing unauthorised news-sheets and newspapers
23. (1) Where a District Magistrate or Sub-divisional Magistrate has reason to believe that an unauthorised news-sheet or unauthorised newspaper is being produced from any press within the limits of his jurisdiction, he may by warrant authorize any police-officer not below the rank of Sub-Inspector to enter upon and search any place wherein such press may be, or may be reasonably suspected to be, and if, in the opinion of such police-officer, any press found in such place is used to produce an unauthorised news-sheet or unauthorised newspaper, he may seize such press and any documents found in the place which in his opinion are unauthorised news-sheets or unauthorised newspapers.
(2) The police-officer shall make a report of the search to the Court which issued the warrant and shall produce before such Court, as soon as may be, all property seized:
Provided that where any press which has been seized cannot be readily removed, the police-officer may produce before the Court only such parts thereof as he may think fit.
(3) If such Court, after such inquiry as it may deem requisite, is of opinion that a press seized under this section is used to produce an unauthorised news-sheet or unauthorised newspaper, it may, by order in writing, declare the press to be forfeited to the Government; but if, after such inquiry, the Court is not of such opinion, it shall dispose of the press in the manner provided in sections 523, 524 and 525 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898
(V of 1898).
(4) The Court shall deal with the documents produced before it under this section in the manner provided in sub-section (4) of section 22.