Treasure Trove Act,1878
Section 13. In case of dispute as to ownership of place, proceedings to be stay- ted
When a declaration has been made as aforesaid in respect of any treasure, and two or more persons have appeared as aforesaid and each of them claim-ed as owner of the place where such treasure was found, or the right of any person who has so appeared and claimed is disputed by the finder of such treasure, the Collector shall retain such treasure and shall make an order staying his proceedings with a view to the matter being enquired into and determined by a Civil Court.
If Same as Punjab etc., except that in sub-section (3), in H.P. for the words “Chief Controlling Revenue-authority”, words “Financial Commissioner” are to be read. H. P. Act 16 of 1972, S. 7 (16-11-1972).
Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh
In its application to the State of Punjab, section 13 shall be numbered as sub-section (1) of that section and after subsection (1) as so renumbered add the following sub-sections, namely,
“(2) If the right of any such person who has so appeared and claimed is disputed by the Government, the matter shall be determined by the Collector.
(3) Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Collector under sub-section (2) may appeal within two months of the date of such decision to the Chief Controlling Revenue Authority.
(4) Subject to the decision of the appellate authority, the decision of the Collector under sub-section (2) shall be final and conclusive.” Punj. Act 24 of 1960, S. 7.