OFFENCES, PENALTIES AND PROCEDURE
Power of police officer to impound document
161. (1) Any police officer [not below the rank of Sub-Inspector or Sergeant] or any Inspector of Motor Vehicles authorised in this behalf or other person authorised in this behalf by the [Authority] may, if he has reason to believe that any identification mark carried on a motor vehicle or any licence, permit, certificate of registration, certificate of fitness, certificate of insurance or other document produced to him by the driver or person in charge of a motor vehicle is a false document within the meaning of section 464 of the Penal Code seize the mark or document and call upon the driver or owner of the vehicle to account for his possession of or the presence in the vehicle of such mark or document.
(2) Any police officer [not below the rank of Sub-Inspector or Sergeant] or any Inspector of Motor Vehicles authorised in this behalf or other person authorised in this behalf by the [Authority] may, if he has reason to believe that the driver or the conductor, if any, of a motor vehicle who is charged with any offence under this Ordinance may abscond or otherwise avoid the service of a summons, seize any licence held by such driver or conductor and forward it to the Court taking cognizance of the offence and the said Court shall, on the first appearance of such driver or conductor before it, return the licence to him in exchange for the temporary acknowledgement given under sub section (3).
(3) A police officer or any Inspector of Motor Vehicles or other person seizing a licence under sub section (2) shall give to the person surrendering the licence a temporary acknowledgement therefore and such acknowledgement shall authorise the holder to drive or to act as conductor until the licence has been returned to him or until such date as may be specified by the police officer or by the Inspector of Motor Vehicles or by other person in the acknowledgement, whichever is earlier or the Court has otherwise ordered.
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