Volume VI
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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Penalty on dealer in Old Metal being in possession of stolen property.

4. Power to order dealer to be registered after conviction.

5. Giving of notice by registered dealer of change of place of business.

6. Power of visiting place of business of registered dealer.

7. Regulations to be observed by registered dealer.

8. Penalty on dealer found in possession of stores and not accounting for them.

9. Possession defined for the purposes of this Ordinance.

10. Procedure and appeal.

11. Magistrate's Court to have Jurisdiction.


12 of 1905.

AN ORDINANCE to regulate the business of dealers in old metal.

[Date of Commencement: 21st September, 1905]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Old Metal Ordinance.

2. Interpretation.

In the construction and for the purposes of this Ordinance—

"Dealer in old metal” means any person dealing in, buying, or selling old metal of any kind or description, scrap metal, broken metal, or partly manufactured metal goods, or defaced or old metal goods, or portions of machinery, and whether such person deals in such articles only or together with other things;

"Old metal” means the said articles or any of them.

3. Penalty on dealer in old metal being in possession of stolen property.

(1) It shall be lawful for any Magistrate, on complaint made before him, upon oath or affirmation, that the complainant has reason to believe and does believe that any old metal, stolen or unlawfully obtained, is kept in any house, shop, room, or place, by any dealer in old metal, to give authority by special warrant to any constable or police officer to enter in the daytime such house, shop, room, or place, with such assistance as may be necessary, and to search for and seize all such old metal there found, and to carry all the articles so seized before the Magistrate issuing the warrant, or some other Magistrate.

(2) Such Magistrate shall thereupon issue a summons requiring such dealer to appear before him at a time and place to be named in such summons; and if such dealer does not then and there prove to the satisfaction of such Magistrate how he came by the said articles, or if any such dealer is found in the possession of any old metal which has been stolen or unlawfully obtained, and, on his being taken or summoned before a Magistrate, it is proved to the satisfaction of such Magistrate that at the time when he received it he had reasonable cause to believe it to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained, then in either of such cases such dealer shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding fifty rupees, and for any subsequent offence to a penalty not exceeding two hundred rupees, or, in the discretion of the Magistrate, in the case of such second or subsequent offence shall be liable to imprisonment, with or without hard labour, for any term not exceeding three months:

Provided always that nothing herein contained shall interfere with or affect any proceeding by indictment to which such dealer in old metal may be liable for feloniously and knowingly receiving stolen goods, but no person shall be prosecuted by indictment and also proceeded against under this Ordinance for the same offence.

4. Power to order dealer to be registered after conviction.

(1) When any dealer in old metal is convicted of either of the offences aforesaid it shall be lawful for such Magistrate, or, on proof of such conviction, for any other Magistrate of the same division, to order and direct that such dealer shall be registered at the principal police office of such division in a book to be kept by the Superintendent of Police of such division for such purpose, according to the form A contained in the Schedule.

(2) From and after such registration such dealer shall be subject to and shall conform to the several regulations hereinafter provided for such period, not exceeding three years, as such Magistrate may order, and if such dealer during such period is convicted of any offence under this Ordinance, the Magistrate so convicting him may order the period for which he is then subject to such regulations to be extended for not more than three years from the time when such period would otherwise expire.

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