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The Cinematograph Act – Section 5D

The Cinematograph Act, 1952





15-D. CONSTITUTION OF APPELLATE TRIBUNAL.(1) For the purpose of hearing appeals against any order of the Board under Section 5-C, the Central Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute an Appellate Tribunal.


(2) The head office of the Tribunal shall be at New Delhi or at such other place as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify.


(3) Such Tribunal shall consist of a Chairman and not more than four other members appointed by the Central Government.


(4) A person shall not be qualified for appointment as the Chairman of the Tribunal unless he is a retired Judge of a High Court, or is a person who is qualified to be a Judge of a High Court.


(5) The Central Government may appoint such persons who, in its opinion, are qualified to judge the effect of films on the public, to be members of the Tribunal.


(6) The Chairman of the Tribunal shall receive such salary and allowances as may be determined by the Central Government and the members shall receive such allowances or fees as may be prescribed.


(7) Subject to such rules as may be made in this behalf, the Central Government may appoint a Secretary and such other employees as it may think necessary for the efficient performance of the functions of the Tribunal under this Act.


(8) The Secretary to, and other employees of, the Tribunal shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as may be prescribed after consultation with the Chairman of the Tribunal.


(9) The other terms and conditions of service of the Chairman and members of, and the Secretary to, and other employees of, the Tribunal shall be such as may be prescribed.


(10) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Tribunal may regulate its own procedure.


(11) The Tribunal may, after making such inquiry into the matter as it

considers necessary, and after giving the appellant and the Board an opportunity of being heard in the matter, make such order in relation to a film as it thinks fit and the Board shall dispose of the matter in conformity with such order.



1. Ins. by Act 49 of 1981, sec. 8 (w.e.f. 1-6-1983).



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