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Cinematograph Act, 1952

13. Power of Central Government or local authority to suspend exhibition of films in certain cases

(1) The Lieutenant-Governor or, as the case may be, the Chief Commissioner, in respect of the whole or any part of a Union territory, and the district magistrate in respect of the district within his jurisdiction, may if he is of opinion that any films which is being publicly exhibited is likely to cause a breach of the peace, by order, suspend the exhibition of the film and during such suspension the film shall be deemed to be an uncertified film in the State, part or district, as the case may be.

(2) Where an order under sub-section (1) has been issued by the Chief Commissioner or a District Magistrate, as the case may be, a copy thereof, together with a statement of reasons there for, shall forthwith be forwarded by the person making the same to the Central Government, and the Central Government may either confirm or discharge the order.

(3) An order made under this section shall remain in force for a period of two months from the date thereof, but the Central Government may, if it is of opinion that the order should continue in force, direct that the period of suspension shall be extended by such further period as it thinks fit.

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