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Section 26 – The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act,1958

The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act,1958

26. Purchase of antiquities by Central Government

(1) If the Central Government apprehends that any antiquity mentioned in a notification issued under sub-section (1) of section 25 is in danger of being destroyed, removed, injured, misused or allowed to fall into decay or is of opinion that, by reason of its historical or archaeological importance, it is desirable to preserve such antiquity in a public place, the Central Government may make an order for the 1[compulsory acquisition of such antiquity] and the Collector shall thereupon give notice to the owner of the antiquity 1[to be acquired].

(2) Where a notice of 2[compulsory acquisition] is issued under sub-section (1) in respect of any antiquity, such antiquity shall vest in the Central Government with effect from the date of the notice.

(3) The power of 2[compulsory acquisition] given by this section shall not extend to any image or symbol actually used for bona fide religious observances.

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1. Substituted for the words “compulsory purchase of any such antiquities at its market value” , and “to be purchased” by the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act (52 of 1972), vide Section 33(iv) (a), w.e.f. 5.04.1976.


2. Substituted for the words “compulsory purchase” , by the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act (52 of 1972), vide Section 33(iv) (b), w.e.f. 5.04.1976.

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