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THE POST OFFICE ACT, 1898

(ACT NO. VI OF 1898).
  Part No : Chapter No : Section No: [ 22nd March, 1898  
  
     1 An Act to consolidate and amend the Law relating to the Post Office.
 
    WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and amend the law relating to the Post Office; It is hereby enacted as follows:-
 
CONTENTS
 
SECTIONS
 
CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
1. Short title, extent, application and commencement.
2. Definitions
3. Meanings of “in course of transmission by post” and “delivery”.
CHAPTER II
PRIVILEGE AND PROTECTION OF THE GOVERNMENT
4. Exclusive privilege of conveying letters reserved to the Government.
4A.Universal Postal Services, etc
4B.License for Mailing Operators and Courier Services, etc
4C.Licensing Authority, etc
4D.Cancellation of License
5. Certain persons expressly forbidden to convey letters.
6. Exemption from liability for loss, misdelivery, delay or damage.
CHAPTER III
POSTAGE
7. Power of fix rates of inland postage.
8. Power to make rules as to payment of postage and fees in certain cases.
9. Power to make rules as to registered newspapers.
10. Power to declare rates of foreign postage.
11. Liability for payment of postage.
12. Recovery of postage and other sums due in respect of postal articles.
13. Customs duty paid by the Post Office to be recoverable as postage.
14. Post Office marks prima facie evidence of certain facts denoted.
15. Official mark to be evidence of amount of postage.
CHAPTER IV
POSTAGE STAMPS
16. Provision of postage stamps and power to make rules as to them.
16A. Use of Franking Machine and Power to make rules as to it.
17. Postage stamps to be deemed to be stamps for the purpose of revenue.
CHAPTER V
CONDITIONS OF TRANSMISSION OF POSTAL ARTICLES
18. Re-delivery to sender or delivery to another addressee at the request of the sender of postal article in course of transmission by post.
19. Transmission by post of anything injurious prohibited.
20. Transmission by post of anything indecent, etc., prohibited.
21. Power to make rules as to transmission by post of postal articles.
22. Power to postpone dispatch or delivery of certain postal articles.
23. Power to deal with postal articles posted in contravention of Act.
24. Power to deal with postal articles containing goods contraband or liable to duty.
24A. Power to deliver such articles to Customs authority.
25. Power to intercept notified goods during transmission by post.
26. Power to intercept postal articles for public good.
27. Power to deal with postal articles from abroad bearing fictitious or previously used stamps.
27A. Prohibition of transmission by post of certain newspapers.
27B. Power to detain newspapers and other articles being transmitted by post.
27C. Procedure for disposal by High Court Division of applications for release of newspapers and articles so detained.
27D. Jurisdiction barred
CHAPTER VI
REGISTRATION, INSURANCE AND VALUE- PAYABLE POST
28. Registration of postal articles.
29. Power to make rules as to registration.
30. Insurance of postal articles.
31. Power to require insurance of postal articles.
32. Power to make rules as to insurance.
33. Liability in respect of postal articles insured.
34. Transmission by post of value-payable postal articles.
35. Power to make rules as to value-payable postal articles.
36. Power to give effect to arrangements with other countries.
CHAPTER VII
UNDELIVERED POSTAL ARTICLES
37. Power to make rules as to disposal of undelivered postal articles.
38. Disposal of undelivered postal articles as office of Postmaster General.
39. Final disposal of undelivered postal articles.
CHAPTER VIII
SHIP LETTERS
40. Duty of master of ship, departing from any port in Bangladesh, and not being a mail ship, to convey mail bags.
41. Duty of master of ship arriving at any port in Bangladesh, in respect of postal articles and mail bags on board.
42. Allowance of gratuities for conveyance of postal articles by ships other than mail ships.
CHAPTER IX
MONEY ORDERS
43. Power to maintain money order system and to make rules as to remittances thereby.
44. Power for remitter to recall money order or alter name of payee.
45. Power to provide for the issue of postal orders.
46. Power to give effect to arrangements with other countries.
47. Recovery of money order paid to the wrong person.
48. Exemption from liability in respect of money orders.
CHAPTER X
PENALTIES AND PROCEDURE
Offences by Officers of the Post Office
49. Penalty for misconduct of person employed to carry or deliver mail bags or postal articles.
50. Penalty for voluntary withdrawal from duty, without permission or notice, of person employed to carry or deliver mail bags or postal articles.
51. Penalty for making false entry in register kept by person employed to carry or deliver postal articles.
52. Penalty for theft, dishonest misappropriation, secretion, destruction, or throwing away, of postal articles.
53. Penalty for opening, detaining or delaying postal articles.
54. Penalty for fraud in connection with official marks and for receipt of excess postage.
55. Penalty for fraudulently preparing, altering, secreting or destroying Post Office documents.
56. Penalty for fraudulently sending unpaid postal articles.
57. [Omitted]
Other Offences
58. Penalty for contravention of section 4 and 4B.
59. Penalty for contravention of section 5.
60. Penalty for breach of rules under section 16.
61. Penalty for contravention of section 19 or 20.
62. Penalty for defiling or injuring post office letter-boxes.
63. Penalty for affixing without authority thing to, or painting, tarring or disfiguring, post office or post office letter-box.
64.Penalty for making false declaration
65. Penalty for master of ship failing to comply with the provisions of section 40 or 41.
66. Penalty for detention of letters on board vessel arriving in port.
67. Penalty for detaining mails or opening mail bag.
68. Penalty for retaining postal articles wrongly delivered or mail bags.
69. Penalty for unlawfully diverting letters.
General
70. Penalty for abetting, or attempting to commit, offences under Act.
71. Property in cases of offences to be laid in the Post Office.
72. Authority for prosecutions under certain sections of Act.
CHAPTER XI
SUPPLEMENTAL
73. [Omitted]
74. General power to make rules and provisions as to rules under Act.
75. Delegation of powers, other than rule-making powers, to Director General.
76. [Repealed]
77. [Omitted]
SCHEDULE
 
 

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