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The Printing Presses and Publications (Declaration and Registration) Act, 1973

( ACT NO. XXIII OF 1973 )

Appointment of officers
37. The Government may appoint an officer or officers to carry out the purposes of this Act and such officer or officers shall have such duties and powers in respect of the regulation of matters pertaining to printing press, books and papers, printers and publishers as the Government may assign.
Conduct of searches
38. Every warrant issued under this Act shall, so far as it relates to a search, be executed in the manner provided for the execution of search warrants under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (V of 1898).
Offences by companies

39. (1) If the person contravening any of the provisions of this Act is a company, every person who, at the time the offence was committed, was in charge of, and was responsible to, the company for the conduct of the business of the company as well as the company shall be deemed to be guilty of the contravention and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly:


Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to any punishment provided in this Act if the offence was committed without his knowledge.


(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where any offence under this Act has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence was committed with the consent of any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall also be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.


Explanation.- For the purposes of this section,-


(a) 'company' means anybody corporate and includes a firm or other association of individuals, and


(b) 'director' in relation to a firm means a partner in the firm.

Power to make rules
40. The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
Repeals and savings
41. (1) The Press and Publications Ordinance, 1960 (XV of 1960), and the Printing Presses and Publications (Declaration and Registrations) Ordinance, 1973 (XVI of 1973), are hereby repealed.
(2) Notwithstanding the repeal, any declaration made, subscribed or authenticated, anything done or any action taken under any provision of any of the aforesaid Ordinance shall, in so far as it is not inconsistent with any provision of this Act, be deemed to have been made, subscribed, authenticated, done or taken under the corresponding provisions of this Act.
(3) The provisions of the General Clauses Act, 1897 (X of 1897), shall, subject to the provision of sub-section (2) apply to the repeal of the aforesaid Ordinances by this Act.

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