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Section 11 – The Essential Commodities Act, 1955

The Essential Commodities Act, 1955



11 Cognizance of offences.


No Court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Act except on a report in writing of the facts constituting such offence made by a person who is a public servant as defined in Sec. 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860) [ 68 or any person aggrieved or any recognised consumer association, whether such person is a member of that association or not 68 ].


1 Explanation :


For the purposes of this section and Sec. 12-AA. 70

“recognised consumer association” means a voluntary consumer association registered under the Companies Act, 1956(1 of 1956) or any other law for the time being in force.


state amendment


Uttar Pradesh.—In section 11, for the wrods “by a person who is a public servant as defined in section 21 of the Indian Penal Code,” substitute the words “by order of, or under authority from the District Magistrate or such other officer as may be empowered by the State Government by general or special order in this behalf.”


[Vide Uttar Pradesh Act 9 of 1974, sec. 7 (w.e.f. 24-4-1974).]



1. Ins. by Act 73 of 1986, sec. 2 (w.e.f. 1-5-1987).



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