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Section 10B Power of court to publish name, place of business, etc., of companies convicted under the Act 4

(1) Where any company is convicted under this Act, it shall be competent for the court convicting the company to cause the name and place of business of the company, nature of the contravention, the fact that the company has been so convicted and such other particulars as the court may consider to be appropriate in the circumstances of the case, to be published at the expense of the company in such newspapers or in such other manner as the court may direct.

(2) No publication under sub-section (1) shall be made until the period for preferring an appeal against the orders of the court has expired without any appeal having been preferred, or such an appeal, having been preferred, has been disposed of.

(3) The expenses of any publication under sub-section (1) shall be recoverable from the company as if it were a fine imposed by the court.

Explanation.-For the purposes of this section, "company" has the meaning assigned to it in
clause (a) of the Explanation of section 10.]



Section 10C Presumption of culpable mental state

(1) In any prosecution for any offence under this Act which requires a culpable mental state on the part of the accused, the court shall presume the existence of such mental state but it shall be a defence for the accused to prove the fact that he had no such mental state with respect to the act charged as an offence in that prosecution.

Explanation.-In this section, "culpable mental state" includes intention, motive, knowledge of a fact and the belief in, or reason to believe, a fact.

(2) For the purposes of this section, a fact is said to be proved only when the court believes it to exist beyond reasonable doubt and not merely when its existence is established by a preponderance of probability.


Section 11 Cognizance of offences

No Court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Act except on a report in writing of the facts constituting such offence made by a person who is a public servant as defined in section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of I860) 5 [or any person aggrieved or any recognised consumer association, whether such person is a member of that association or not].




6 [Explanation.-For the purposes of this section and section 12AA, "recognised consumer association" means a voluntary consumer association registered under the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956) or any other law for the time being in force.]


1. Ins. by Act 36 of 1967, s. 9 (w.e.f. 30-12-1967)

2. Subs. by Act 30 of 1974, s. 7, for "the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (5 of 1898)" (w.e.f. 22-6-1974)

3. The words "and bailable" omitted by s. 7, ibid. (w.e.f. 22-6-1974)

4. Ins. by s. 8, ibid. (w.e.f. 22-6-1974)

5. Ins. by Act 73 of 1986, s. 2 (w.e.f. 1-5-1987)

6. Added by s. 2, ibid. (w.e.f. 1-5-1987)   

Essential Commodities Act 1955

Section 1 Short Title and Extent, Section 2 Definitions, Section 2A Essential Commodities Declaration etc

Section 3 Powers to control production, supply, distribution, etc., of essential commodities

Section 4 Imposition of duties on State Governments, etc

Section 5 Delegation of powers

Section 6 Effect of orders inconsistent with other enactments.

Section 6A Confiscation of essential commodity

Section 6B Issue of show cause notice before confiscation of food grains, etc

Section 6C Appeal

Section 6D Award of confiscation not to interfere with other punishments

Section 6E Bar of jurisdiction in certain cases

Section 7 Penalties

Section 7A Power of Central Government to recover certain amounts as arrears of land revenue

Section 8 Attempts and abetment

Section 9 False Statement

Section 10 Offences by Companies

Section 10A Offences to be cognizable

Section 10B Power of court to publish name, place of business, etc., of companies convicted under the Act

Section 10C Presumption of culpable mental state

Section 11 Cognizance of offences

Section 12 Special provision regarding fine

Section 12 A Power to try summarily

Section 12B rant of injunction, etc., by civil courts

Section 13 Presumption as to orders

Section 14 Burden of proof in certain cases

Section 15 Protection of action taken under Act

Section 15A Prosecution of public servant, Section 16 Repeals and savings 

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