The Central Excise Act, 1944
22. VEXATIOUS SEARCH, SEIZURE, ETC., BY CENTRAL EXCISE OFFICER.
Any Central Excise or other officer exercising powers under this Act or under the rules made there under who –
(a) without reasonable ground of suspicion searches or causes to be searched any house, boat or place;
(b) vexatiously and unnecessarily detains, searches or arrests any person;
(c) vexatiously and unnecessarily seizes the movable property of any
person, on pretence of seizing or searching for any article liable to confiscation under this Act;
(d) commits, as such officer, any other act to the injury of any person, without having reason to believe that such act is required for the execution of his duty;
shall, for every such offence, be punishable with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees.
Any person willfully and maliciously giving false information and so causing an arrest or a search to be made under this Act shall be punishable with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with both.