The Punjab Public Premises and Land (Eviction and Rent Recovery) Act,1973
Section 8. Power of Collector
The Collector shall for the purpose of holding any enquiry under this Act, have the same powers as are vested in a Civil Court under the Code of Civil Procedure,1908, when trying a suit, in respect of the following matters, namely:-
(a) summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person and examining him on oath;
(b) requiring the discovery and production of documents ;
(c) any other matter which may be prescribed.
The Collector acting under this section and section 4,5, and 7 performs important judicial functions like the determination whether a person is it unauthorized occupation and fixing liability and he is therefore a judicial tribunal, who would therefore a judicial tribunal, who would therefore be under an obligation to pass a speak order in regard to the contentions raised before him, particularly when they go the root of the matter. In the absence of a reasoned order it could be declared illegal and void. Chatter Singh v State of Punjab. 1981 Rev. L.R. 156.