Power to appoint officers to try certain offences, etc.
508. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898
(Act V of 1898), or in any other law for the time being in force, the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, appoint one or more officers to try, within such local areas as may be specified therein, an offence of any breach of, or failure to comply with, any rule for the safety of ship or of crew, passengers, goods, mails and other things carried thereon or for preventing ships from endangering other ships, persons or property; and any such officer trying an offence shall, for the purpose of the trial, be deemed to be a Magistrate of the first class appointed under that Code and any proceedings before and any sentence passed by him shall have effect accordingly.
(2) An officer appointed under sub section (1) may try an offence triable by him in a summary way in accordance with the provisions of sections 262 to 265 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898
(Act V of 1898).
(3) Where an officer has been appointed under sub section (1) to try an offence specified therein, no Court other than such officer shall try that offence.