Prize Scheme, Purchase, Money
An -4ct to prohibit the promotion or conduct of prize
schemes In the State of Tamil Nadu.
Be it enacted by the Legislatureof the State of Tamil Nadu
in the Thirtieth Year of the Republic of Jndia ag follows:-
- (1) This Act may be called the Tamil Nadu Prize
Schemes (Prohibition) Act, 1979.
(2) It extends to the whole of the State of Tamil Nadu.
(3) Itshall be deemed to have come into force onthe
13th October 1979.
Definitions. 2. Inthis Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-.
(a) “Government ” means the State Government ;
(b) bb prize scheme ” means any scheme by whatever
name called whereby any prize or gift (whetha by way of
money or by way of movable or immov2.ble property) is
offered, or is proposed to be given or delivered to one or
more persons to be determined by lot, draw or in any other
manner from amor~gpersons who purchase or have pur-
chased goods or other articles from shops, centres or any
other place whatsoever specified by the sponsors cf the
scheme or on any event cr c?ntifigency relative or appli-
cable to the drawing of any tlcket, lot, number or figure in
relation to such purchasers.
~x~1anation.-Forthe purposes of this clause,-
(i) “purchase” may be by way of payment in one
lumpsum or in instalments ;
- For Statement of Objects and keasons see Tamil N-
(ii) money” includes a cheque, postal order, demand
draft, telegraphic transfer or money order.
- No person shall promote or conduct any price
Goverriment Gazette Extraordinary, dated 3rd November 1979,
pan IV-Section 1, Pages 443-444.1979:T.N.Act 561 Prize Schemes (Prohibition) 1045
- Whoever contravenes the provisions of section 3Penalt~for
shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term
which may extend to three years: sions of
Provided that such rigorous imprisonment shall not be
less than three months.
- Whoever, with a view to the promotion or conduct Penalty
of any prize scheme in contravention of the provisions of for other
this Act or in connection with any such prize scheme connec,i,,
promoted or conducted-
(a) prints or publishes any ticket, coupon or other
document for use in the prize scheme ; or
(b) distributes or offers or advertises for distribution,
or has in his possession for the purpose of distribution of
any ticket, coupon or other document for use in the prize
(c) prints, publishes or distributes, or has in his posses-
sicn for the purpose of publication or distribution,-
(i) any advertisement of the prize scheme ; or
(ii) any list whether complete or not, of purchasers
in the prize scheme ; or
(iii) any such matter descriptive of, or otherwise
relating to, the prize schemes as is calculated to act as an
inducementto persons to participate in that prize scheme or
any other prize scheme ; or
(d) brings, or invites any person to send, for the pur-
pose of distribution, any ticket, coupon or other document
for use in: or any advertisement of, the prize scheme ; or
(e) uses any premises, or causes or knowingly permits
any premises to be used, for purposes connected witn the
promotion or conduct of the prize scheme ;or
(j)causes or procures or attempts to procure any
person to do any of the above mentioned acts,
shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term
which may extend to three years :
Provided that such rigorous imprisonment shall not
be less than three months.1
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- Whoever in any manner whatsoever causes, procures,
counsels, aids, abets or is accessory to, the commission of
any offence punishable under section 4 or section 5 shall be
punished with the punishment providcd for the offence.
Offences by 7. (1) Where an offence against any of the provisions
companies. of this Act or any rule made tbereundcr has been committed
by a company, every person who, at the time the offence
was committed, was in-charge of, and was responsible to,
the company for the conduct of the business of the company
as well as the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of
the offence and shzll be liable to be proceeded against
and pclnished accordingly:
the commission of such offence.
Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section
shall render any such person liable to any punishment, if
he proves that the offence was committed without his
knowledge or that he exercised all due diligence to prevent
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-
section (1), where any such offeace has been committed by
a company and it is proved that the offence has been com-
mitted with the consent or connivance of, or is attri-
butable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager,
secretary or other officer of the company such director,
manager, secretary or other officer shall also be deemed to
be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded
against and punished accordingly.
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