Treasure Trove Act,1878
Section 20. Penalty on finder failing to give notice, etc
If the finder of any treasure fails to give the notice, or does not either make the deposit or give the security, required by, or alters or attempts to alter such treasure so as to conceal its identity, the share of such treasure, or the money in lieu there of to which he would otherwise be entitled, shall vest in Government.
and he shall on conviction before a Magistrate, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine. or with both.
Andhra Pradesh :
In its application to the State of Andhra Pradesh, for S. 20, substitute the following, namely :
“20. Penalty on finder or purchaser for failure to give notice or for alteration of the treasure.
(1) If the finder or the purchaser of any treasure fails to give the notice or fails to make the deposit or give the security, as required by section 4, or alters or attempts to alter such treasure so as to conceal its identity, the share or interest in such treasure or any right to which the finder or the purchaser, as the case may be, would otherwise, be entitled shall vest in the State Government.
(2) For the offence of such failure or alteration, the finder or purchaser shall also be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.” A. P. Act 10 of 1963, S. 5 (6-4-1963).