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Section 3 – Treasure Trove Act,1878

Treasure Trove Act,1878

Section 3. Interpretation-clause

In this Act-

“Treasure”

“treasure” means anything of any value hidden in the soil, or in anything affixed thereto; “Collector”. “Collector” means (1) any Revenue-officer in independent charge of a district, and (2) any officer appointed by the 1[State Government] to perform the functions of a Collector under this Act. “Owner.” When any person is entitled, under any reservation in an instrument of transfer of any land or thing affixed thereto, to treasure in such land or thing, he shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be the owner of such land or thing.

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1. Substituted for the words “Provincial Government” by A.L.O.,1950.

STATE AMENDMENT

Andhra Pradesh

In its application to Andhra Pradesh for section 3 substitute the following :

“(a) “Collector” means the Chief Local Officer in charge of the revenue administration of a district, and includes any officer appointed by the State Government to perform the functions of a Collector under this Act;

(b) “Treasure” means anything of value exceeding rupees ten, or of any value if it is of historical or archaeological interest having been in existence for not less than one hundred years, hidden or embedded, in the soil, or in anything affixed thereto, and includes in cut dimonds, or other valuable minerals found on the surface of the soil;

(c) when any person is entitled, under any reservation in an instrument of transfer of any land or thing affixed thereto, to treasure in such land or thing, he shall, for the purposes of this Act be deemed to be the owner of such land or thing.” A.P. Acts 20 of 1963, S. 2 (6-4-1963); 15 of 1972, S. 2 (26-8-1972).

STATE AMENDMENTS

Section 3-A

Himachal Pradesh

Same as in Punjab, etc. H. P. Act 16 of 1972, S. 2 (16.11-1972).

Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh

In its application to the State of Punjab, after section 3 insert the following section, namely :

“3-A. Permission to discover.

The Government may on application allow any person to discover a treasure on such terms and conditions as it may deem fit.” Punj. Act 24 of 1960, S. 3 (30-5-1960).

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