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Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988


18. Power to inspect bankers' books

If from information received or otherwise, a police officer has reason to suspect the commission of an offence which he is empowered to investigate under section 17 and considers that for the purpose of investigation or inquiry into such offence, it is necessary to inspect any bankersí books, then, notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force, he may inspect any bankersí books in so far as they relate to the accounts of the persons suspected to have committed that offence or of any other person suspected to be holding money on behalf of such person, and take or cause to be taken certified copies of the relevant entries there from, and the bank concerned shall be bound to assist the police officer in the exercise of his powers under this section:

Provided that no power under this section in relation to the accounts of any person shall be exercised by a police officer below the rank of a Superintendent of Police, unless he is specially authorized in this behalf by a police officer of or above the rank of a superintendent of Police.

Explanation-In this section, the expressions "bank" and "bankersí books" shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Bankersí Books Evidence Act, 1891.



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