Search for unauthorised films and arrest of persons
23.—(1)  Whenever a Deputy or an Assistant Commissioner of Police or an Assistant Superintendent of Police is satisfied upon written information and after any further inquiry which he may think necessary that any film —
(a)which has not been —
(i)deposited in an approved warehouse as required by section 12 or 13;
(ii)returned to the Board as required by section 14(4); or
(iii)approved for exhibition under section 15 or 26(4);
(b)in respect of which the certificate issued therefor has ceased to be valid under section 20; or
(c)which has been altered in any way after a certificate in respect of the film was issued,
has been or is being exhibited or kept in any place, he may issue a warrant directed to any police officer to enter and search that place and seize the film and to take into custody any person reasonably believed to be guilty of an offence by reason of failure to deposit or to return the film or by reason of such possession or exhibition.
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(2)  A Deputy or an Assistant Commissioner of Police or an Assistant Superintendent of Police may without warrant, with such assistance and by such force as is necessary, by night or by day, himself do what he may authorise any police officer to do under subsection (1) in either of the following cases:
(a)if he has personal knowledge of such facts as satisfy him that there are sufficient grounds for a search;
(b)if he receives information orally in such circumstances that the object of a search would in his opinion be defeated by the delay necessary for reducing the information to writing except that the name and address of the person giving the information is known to or ascertained by him before he acts upon the information.
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Search and seizure of unlawful films
34.—(1)  Any Deputy or Assistant Commissioner of Police, Assistant Superintendent of Police or any Censor, Deputy or Assistant Censor or Inspector of Films, if satisfied upon written information and after such further inquiry as he thinks necessary that any person has in his possession any obscene film or party political film, may without warrant, with such assistance and by such force as is necessary, by night or by day, enter and search any place where he has reason to believe the film is kept, seize the film and any equipment used in the exhibition, making or reproduction of the film and take into custody any person reasonably believed to be in possession thereof.
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(2)  Any film, and any equipment used in the exhibition, making or reproduction of the film, in respect of which any person has been convicted under section 29, 30, 31 or 33 shall be forfeited and shall be destroyed or otherwise disposed of in such manner as the Minister may direct.
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Protection from personal liability
36.  No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against any person employed in the office of the Board or other person acting under the direction of the Board for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in the execution or purported execution of this Act.
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Protection of Board and Government from liability
37.  Any film deposited in or delivered at any approved warehouse shall be stored therein at the risk and expense of the owner, and neither the Board nor the Government shall be liable for any loss of or damage to the film unless the loss or damage has been caused by some wilful act on the part of the Board, any member thereof, or its staff.
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