18. Penalties for neglect of duty, etc.
3[(1) Without prejudice to the provisions contained in section section 8, every member of the Force who shall be guilty of any violation of duty or wilful breach or neglect of any rule or regulation or lawful order made by a supervisory officer, or who shall withdraw from the duties of his office without permission, or who, being absent on leave, fails, without reasonable cause, to report himself for duty on the expiration of the leave, or who engages himself without authority in any employment other than his duty as a member of the Force, or who shall be guilty of cowardice, may be taken into Force custody and shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), an offence punishable under this section shall be cognizable and non-bailable.
(2A) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), the Central Government may invest the Commandant with the powers of a Magistrate of any class for the purpose of inquiring into or trying any offence committed by an enrolled member of the Force and punishable under this Act, or any offence committed by an enrolled member of the Force against the person or property of another member of the Force:
(i) when the offender is on leave or absent from duty; or
(ii) when the offence is not connected with the offenders duties as an enrolled member of the Force; or
(iii) when it is a petty offence even if connected with the offenders duties as an enrolled member of the Force; or
(iv) when, for reasons to be recorded in writing, it is not practicable for the Commandant invested with the powers of a Magistrate to inquire into or try an offence, the offence may, if the prescribed authority within the limits of whose jurisdiction the offence has been committed so requires, be inquired into or tried by an ordinary criminal court having jurisdiction in the matter.]
(3) Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prevent any member of the Force from being prosecuted under any other law for any offence made punishable by that law, or for being liable under any such law to any other or higher penalty or punishment than is provided for such offence by this section:
Provided that no person shall be punished twice for the same offence.
1. Subs. by Act 14 of 1983, s. 13 and the Schedule, for "a member" (w.e.f. 15-6-1983).
2. Subs. by s. 13 and the Schedule, ibid., for "Inspector-General" (w.e.f. 15-6-1983).
3. Subs. by s. 11,ibid., for sub-sections (1) and (2) (w.e.f. 15-6-1983).