163. Protection for acts of members of the Force.
(1) The provision of section 125 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 (1 of 1872) shall apply to such members of the Force who exercise or discharge any power or duty under sub-section (1) of section 162 or on whom any power is conferred or duty is imposed under sub-section (2) of that section in the same manner as it apply to a police officer.
(2) In any suit or proceeding against any member of the Force for any act done by him in pursuance of a warrant or order of a competent authority, it shall be lawful for him to plead, that such act was done by him under the authority of such warrant or order.
(3) Any such plea may be proved by the production of the warrant or order directing the act, and if it is so proved the members of the Force shall thereupon be discharged from liability in respect of the act so done by him, notwithstanding any defect in jurisdiction of the authority which issued such warrant or order.
(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, any legal proceeding (whether civil or criminal) which may lawfully be brought against any member of the Force for anything done or intended to be done under the powers conferred by, or in pursuance of, any provision of this Act or the rules, shall be commenced within three months after the act complained of was committed and not otherwise, and notice in writing of such proceedings and of the cause thereof shall be given to the defendant or his superior officer at least one month before the commencement of such proceedings.