Companies Act, 1956
Sec 240A - Seizure of documents by inspector.
(1) Where in the course of investigation under section 235 or section 237 or section 239 or section 247, the inspector has reasonable ground to believe that the books and papers of, or relating to, any company or other body corporate or managing director or manager of such company or other body corporate may be destroyed, mutilated, altered, falsified or secreted, the inspector may make an application to the Magistrate of the First Class or, as the case may be, the Presidency Magistrate, having jurisdiction for an order for the seizure of such books and papers.
(2) After considering the application and hearing the inspector, if necessary, the Magistrate may by order authorize the inspector
(a) to enter, with such assistance, as may be required, the place or places where such books and papers are kept ;
(b) to search that place or those places in the manner specified in the order ; and
(c) to seize books and papers he considers necessary for the purposes of his investigation.
(3) The inspector shall keep in his custody the books and papers seized under this section for such period not later than the conclusion of the investigation as he considers necessary and thereafter shall return the same to the company or the other body corporate, or, as the case may be, to the managing director or the manager or any other person, from whose custody or power they were seized and inform the Magistrate of such return :
Provided that the inspector may, before returning such books and papers as aforesaid, place identification marks on them or any part thereof.
(4) Save as otherwise provided in this section, every search or seizure made under this section shall be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (5 of 1898), relating to searches or seizures made under that Code.