The Commissioner may recover as an arrear of land-revenue any amount payable by any person under this Act, whether under an agreement for the payment of compensation or otherwise, and the Commissioner shall be deemed to be a public officer within the meaning of section 5 of the Revenue Recovery Act, 1890 (1 of 1890).
West Bengal.—After section 31, insert the following section, namely:—
“31A. Application of section 36 of Act XVIII of 1879 to touts in office of the Commissioner.—
(1) The provisions of section 36 of the Legal Practitioners Act, 1879, shall subject to the provisions of this section, be applicable, so far as may be, to the framing and publication of a list of touts to the exclusion of touts included in the list from the precincts of the Court of the Commissioner and to the arrest, detention, trial and punishment of such touts.
(2) A Commissioner shall, for the purposes of the said section 36, be deemed to be an authority referred to in sub-section (1) of that section.
(3) For the purposes of this section “tout” means—
(a) “tout” as defined in clause (a) of section 3 of the Legal Practitioners Act, 1879; or
(b) a person who habitually frequents the precincts of the Court of a Commissioner—
(i) for the purpose of procuring work as an agent under section 24, or
(ii) otherwise than as a party to or a witness in any proceedings before the Commissioner or as a bona fide agent appointed under section 24.”
[Vide Bengal Act 5 of 1942, sec. 12.]