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Section 5 – Treasure Trove Act,1878

Treasure Trove Act,1878

Section 5. Notification requiring claimants to appear

On receiving a notice under, the Collector shall, after making such enquiry (if any) as he thinks fit, take the following steps (namely):-

a) he shall publish a notification in such manner as the1[State Government] from time to time prescribes in this behalf, to the effect that, on a certain date (mentioning it) certain treasure (mentioning its nature, amount and approximate value) was found in a certain place (mentioning it); and requiring all persons claiming the treasure, or any part there of, to appear personally or by agent before the Collector on a day and at a place therein mentioned, such day not being earlier than four months, or later than six months, after the date of the publication of such notification;

(b) when the place in which the treasure appears to the Collector to have been found was at the date of the finding in the possession of some person other than the finder, the Collector shall also serve on such per-son a special notice in writing to the same effect.


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



After the word and figure ‘section 4’, insert the words “or information from any other source”. Bihar Act 22 of 1947,8.3(29-11-1947).

Tamil Nadu

In its application to the State of Tamil Nadu in section 5, for the words, figure and brackets “On receiving a notice under section 4, the Collector shall, after making such enquiry (if any) as he thinks fit, take the following stage (namely)” :

substitute the following, namely :

“The Collector shall, on receipt of a notice under section 4, and may, on receipt of information in any other manner that treasure has been found in any place, take the following steps, after making such enquiry (if any) as he thinks fit to make.”-T.N. Act 36 of 1949, S. 3 (3-1-1950).

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