17. Appeal –
(1) An appeal against an order dismissing either wholly or in part an application made under sub-section (2) of section 15 or against a direction made under sub-section (3) or sub-section (4) of that section may be preferred within thirty days of the date on which the order or direction was made in a Presidency-town before the Court of Small Causes and elsewhere before the District Court –
(a) by the employer or other person responsible for the payment of wages under section 3 if the total sum directed to be paid by way of wages and compensation exceeds three hundred rupees or such direction has the effect of imposing on the employer or the other person a financial liability exceeding one thousand rupees or
(b) by an employed person or any legal practitioner or any official of a registered trade union authorised in writing to act on his behalf or any Inspector under this Act or any other person permitted by the authority to make an application under sub-section (2) of section 15 if the total amount of wages claimed to have been with held from the employed person exceeds twenty rupees or from the unpaid group to which the employed person belongs or belonged exceeds fifty rupees or
(c) by any person directed to pay a penalty under sub-section (4) of section 15.
(1A) No appeal under clause (a) of sub-section (1) shall lie unless the memorandum of appeal is accompanied by a certificate by the authority to the effect that the appellant has deposited the amount payable under the direction appealed against.
(2) Save as provided in sub-section (1) any order dismissing either wholly or in part an application made under sub-section (2) of section 15 or a direction made under sub-section (3) or sub-section (4) of that section shall be final.
(3) Where an employer prefers an appeal under this section the authority against whose decision the appeal has been preferred may and if so directed by the court referred to in sub-section (1) shall pending the decision of the appeal withhold payment of any sum in deposit with it.
(4) The court referred to in sub-section (1) may if it thinks fit submit any question of law for the decision of the High Court and if it so does shall decide the question in conformity with such decision.