53. Punishments awardable by Coast Guard Courts.-
(1) Punishments may be inflicted in respect of offences committed by persons subject to this Act and convicted by Coast Guard Courts according to the scale following, that is to say,-
(b) imprisonment which may be for the term of life or any other lesser term;
(c) dismissal from the Coast Guard;
(d) detention in Coast Guard custody for a period not exceeding two years;
(e) reduction to the ranks or to a lower rank in the case of sailors;
(f) forfeiture of seniority of rank, forfeiture of all or any part of the service for the purpose of promotion;
(g) forfeiture of service for the purpose of increased pay, pension or any other prescribed purpose;
(h) fine, in respect of civil offences;
(i) mulcts of pay and allowances;
(j) severe reprimand or reprimand except in the case of persons below the rank of an Uttam Navik or Uttam Yantrik.
(2) Each of the punishments specified in sub-section (1) shall be deemed to be inferior in degree to every punishment preceding it in the above scale.