Revenue Officer, Power to Summon, Settlement of matters connected with
Revenue Administration, Terms of Summons, Service of Summons
An Act to empower Revenue-officers, to sum-
mon persons to attend at their kacharis for
the settlement of matters connected with
WHEREASit is found that the revenue-administra- pkunbk
tion of the country is retarded, because Revenue-
officers, namely, Collectors, Sub-Collectors, Assistant
Collectors, Deputy Collectors, Tahsildars and Deputy
Tahsildars, are not made competent, by express
provision of law, to issue summonses for the atten-
&nce of persons, or the production of S[documentsor
other articles] in certain cases in wbich it is their
1 These worda were aubstituted for the word “Madras ” by
the Temil Nadu Adaptation of Laws Order, 1969, as amended
by the Tamil Nadu Adaptation of Laws (Second Amendment)
Order, 1969, which came into force on the 14th Jenuary 1969.
- Short title, “The Madras Rsvenue G.ummonses Act, 1869 “
waa given by the Repealing and Amenbg Act, 1901 (Central
Aot XI of 1901).
This Aot was extended to the merged State of Pudukkottsi
by section 3 of, and the First Schedule to, the Tamil Nadu Merged
States (Laws) Act, 1949 (TdNedu Act XXXV of 1948).
This Act was extended to the Kanyekumari distriat and the
8hencottah taluk of the belveli dietrict by section 3 of, ad
the Schedule to, the Tamil Nadu (Transferred Territory) Extension
of Law8 Act, 1967 (Tamil Nedu Act XXII of 1967). repealing
the corresponding law in force in that tellltoq.
This Act wss extended to the added territories by section 10
of the Tamil Nadu (Added Territorier) Extedon of hwn Ad,
1964 (Tamil N~duAct 8 of 1964).200 Revenue Summomrea [I869 :T.N. Aot XU
duty to hold investigations ; It is hereby enadd
Revenue-officers 1. Collectom, Sub-CoUectors, Ass’rntant @bo-
-Powered to tors, Deputy Collectors, Tahsildars and Deputy
Tahsildars shall have power to summon l[any person],
appear or whose evidence may appear to them to be necessary
for the investigation of any matter in which they
are authorized to hold an inquiry, and also to require
tho production of any 2[document or other article]
relevant to the matter under inquiry, which may
be in the possession or under the control of such
s2. Such summona shall be in writing, and
authenticated by the signature and seal of the officer
by whom it is issued.
It shall require the person summoned to appear
before the said nfficer at a stated time and place,
end shall specify whether his attendance ia required
for the purpose of giving evidence or to produce s
%[dooumentor other articlel, or for both purposes ;
and any particular 2[document or other article], the
production of which is required, shall be described
in the summons with convenient certainty.
Service of 3 3. The summons shall be served personally on
the person summoned, or, if he cannot be found,
it may be left for him with some adult member of hisl
family residing with him ‘[or by affixing it on the
outer door or other conspicuous part of the premises
in which he is known to have last resided or carried
on business or personally worked for gain.]
by section 10 of the Tamil
1 Those words wore substituted for the words “all person~
re~idcntwithin the district by seation lO of the Tamil Nadu
(Added Territories) Extension of Laws Act, 1964 (TamilNadu
Act 8of 1904).
a These words were substituted for the word “document “
bx section 10,ibid.
Ss. 2 to 6 of this Act apply, mutatis mulandis, to eum.
mona under Tamil Nadu Act V of 1893-See s. 3 of that Act.
4 Theso worda were ~nhstituted the words “or with the
Nadu Act 8 of 1904
ho-d of the v:llttce in which he lives
Padu (Adrld Territories) ExtePeion of Lews &t, 196( (TaJ1869 :T.N.AdIIIJRevenue 8ummmes 201
, 14. Any person may be summoned to produce a Persons
‘[document or other article], without being sum- produce may
moned to give evidence; and any person summoned send dooumenb
merely to produce e [document or other article] by third Party
shall be deemed to have complied with the summons
if he causes such *[document or other article] to be
produced, instead of attending personally to produce
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