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The Delhi Police Act, 1978

[Act No. 34 of 1978]

[27th August, 1978.]

Sections Particulars
Title The Delhi Police Act, 1978
Chapter I Preliminary
1. Short title, extent and commencement
2. Definitions
Chapter II Organisation, Superintendence and Control of The Police force
3. One police force for the whole of Delhi
4. Superintendence of police force to vest in the Administrator
5. Constitution of police force
6. Commissioner of Police
7. Additional Commissioner of Police
8. Deputy, Additional Deputy and Assistant Commissioners of Police
9. Appointment of Principals of Police training institutions
10. Constitution of police districts, sub-divisions and police stations
11. Officers in charge of police districts, police sub-divisions and police stations
12. Appointment of subordinate ranks
13. Certificate of appointment
14. Effect of suspension of police officer
15. General powers of Commissioner of Police
16. Power of Commissioner of Police to investigate and regulate matters of police accounts
17. Special police officers
18. Additional police officers
Chapter III Regulation, Control and Discipline of The Delhi Police
19. Framing of regulations for administration of the police
20. Commissioner of Police may call for returns
21. Powers of punishment
22. Procedure for awarding punishments
23. Appeal from orders of punishment
24. Police officers to be deemed to be always on duty and to be liable to employment in any part of Delhi
25. Circumstances under which police officer of subordinate rank may resign
26. Certificate, arms, etc., to be delivered by person ceasing to be a police officer
27. Occupation of, and liability to vacate, premises provided for police officers
Chapter IV Police Regulations
28. Power to make regulations for regulating traffic and for preservation of order in public places, etc
29. Power to give directions to the public
30. Power to prohibit certain acts for prevention of disorder
31. Police to provide against disorder, etc., at places of public amusement or public assembly or meeting
32. Power to prohibit, etc., continuance of music, sound or noise
33. Issue of order of prevention of riot, etc
34. Maintenance of order at religious or ceremonial display, etc
35. Commissioner of Police may take special measures to prevent outbreak of epidemic disease at fairs, etc
36. Power to reserve street or other public place for public purpose and power to authorise erecting of barriers in streets
37. Power to make regulations prohibiting disposal of the dead except at places set apart
Chapter V Special Measures for Maintenance of Public Order and Security of State
38. Employment of additional police to keep peace
39. Employment of additional police in cases of special danger to public peace
40. Employment of additional police at large work and when apprehension regarding behaviour of employees exists
41. Compensation for injury caused by unlawful assembly how recoverable
42. Dispute in regard to cost of deputing additional police or compensation under section 41
43. Recovery of amount payable under section 38, 39, 40 or 41
44. Collector to award compensation
45. Recovery of amounts payable under sections 39 and 41
46. Dispersal of gangs and bodies of persons
47. Removal of persons about to commit offences
48. Removal of persons convicted of certain offences
49. Period of operation of orders under section 46, 47 or 48
50. Hearing to be given before order under section 46, 47 or 48 is passed
51. Appeal against orders under section 46, 47 or 48
52. Finality of order in certain cases
53. Procedure on failure of person to leave the area and his entry therein after removal
54. Temporary permission to enter and consequences of non-observance of conditions of such permission
55. Taking measurements and photographs, etc., of persons against whom an order under section 46, 47 or 48 is made
56. Resistance to the taking of measurements, etc
57. Banning of use of dress, etc., resembling uniform of armed forces
58. Constitution of Defence Societies
Chapter VI Executive Duties and Powers of Police Officers
59 Duty of police officer to enforce provisions of the Act
60. Other duties of a police officer
61. Power to enter places of public resort
62. Power to search suspected persons in street, etc
63. Emergency duties of police
64. Superior police officer may himself perform duties imposed on a subordinate officer
65. Persons bound to comply with the reasonable directions of police officer
Chapter VII Powers In Relation to Unclaimed Property
66. Police to take charge of unclaimed property
67. Procedure for disposal of property taken charge of under section 66
68. Delivery of property to person entitled
69. In default of claim, property to be at disposal of Government
Chapter VIII Special Provisions Relating to Exercise of Powers Under The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
70. Power of Central Government to authorise Commissioner of Police and certain other officers to exercise powers of District Magistrates and Executive Magistrates under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
71. Notifications under section 70 to be laid before Parliament
72. References to Judicial Magistrate of the first class in sections 108, 109 and 110 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 not to be construed as references to an Executive Magistrate
Chapter IX Special Powers Under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960
73. Powers with regard to offences under Act 59 of 1960
74. Powers of Metropolitan Magistrate to return animal to person from whose possession it was taken
75. Veterinary officer to examine the animal
76. Animal to be dealt with under Act 59 of 1960
77. Power of police officer to unsaddle animal or to unload it
78. Arrest without warrant in case of certain offences under Act 59 of 1960
79. Provisions of Chapter to be in addition to the provisions of Act 59 of 1960
Chapter X Offences and Punishments
80. Disregarding the rules of the road
81. Causing obstruction or mischief by animal
82. Exposing animal for hire, sale, etc
83. Causing any obstruction in a street
84. Obstructing a footway
85. Causing obstruction and annoyance by performances, etc
86. Doing offensive acts in or near a street or public place
87. Letting loose horse, etc., and suffering ferocious dogs to be at large
88. Bathing or washing in places not set apart for those purposes
89. Defiling water in public wells, etc
90. Obstructing bathers
91. Behaving indecently in public
92. Obstructing or annoying passengers in the street
93. Misbehaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace
94. Prohibition against flying kites, etc
95. Committing nuisance in or near street, etc
96. Disregard of notice in public building
97. Penalties for offences under sections 80 to 96
98. Penalty for failure to keep in confinement cattle, etc
99. Punishment for cruelty to animals
100. Wilful trespass
101. False alarm of fire or damage to fire alarm
102. Being found under suspicious circumstances between sunset and sunrise
103. Possession of property of which no satisfactory account can be given
104. Omission by pawn-brokers, etc., to report to police possession or tender of property suspected to be stolen
105 Melting, etc., of property referred to in section 104
106 Taking pledge from child
107. Suffering disorderly conduct at places of public amusement, etc
108. Cheating at games and gambling in street
109. Penalty for disobedience to order under section 27
110. Penalty for contravening regulations, etc., under section 28
111. Liability of licensee of place of public amusement or entertainment for acts of servants
112. Penalty for not obtaining licence in respect of place of public entertainment or certificate of registration in respect of eating house or for not renewing such licence or certificate within prescribed period
113. Penalties for contravention of orders, etc., under sections 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34
114. Penalty for contravention of regulations, etc., made under sections 35, 36 and 37
115. Penalty for contravention of directions under section 46, 47 or 48
116. Penalty for entering without permission area from which a person is directed to remove himself or overstaying when permitted to return temporarily
117. Penalty for contravention of orders under section 57
118. Penalty for opposing or not complying with direction given under clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 59
119. Penalty for contravening directions under section 65
120. Dangerous performances
121. Neglect or refusal to serve as special police officer
122. Penalty for making false statement, etc., and for misconduct of police officers
123. Penalty for failure to deliver up certificate of appointment or other article
124. Vexatious entry, search, arrest, etc., by police officer
125. Penalty for vexatious delay in forwarding a person arrested
126. Penalty for unauthorised use of police uniforms
127. Power to make regulations regarding carrying weapons without authority
128. Prosecution for certain offences against this Act to be in the discretion of Delhi police
129. Summary disposal of certain cases
130. Prosecution for offences under other enactments not affected
131. Offences by companies
Chapter XI Miscellaneous
132. Disposal of fees, rewards, etc
133. Method of proving orders and notifications
134. Rules, regulations or orders not invalidated by defect of form or irregularity in procedure
135. Presumption in prosecutions for contravention of order made under section 46, 47 or 48
136. Officers holding charges of, or succeeding to, vacancies competent to exercise powers
137. Forfeiture of bond entered into by person under sub-section (1) of section 54
138. No police officer to be liable to penalty or damage for act done in good faith in pursuance of duty
139. No public servant liable as aforesaid for giving effect in good faith to any rule, regulation, order or direction issued with apparent authority
140. Bar to suits and prosecutionsc
141. Licences and written permissions to specify conditions, etc., and to be signed
142. Public notices how to be given
143. Consent, etc., of a competent authority may be proved by writing under its signature
144. Signature on notices, etc., may be stamped
145. Persons interested may seek to annul, reverse or alter any rule or order
146. Powers of Commissioner of Police under other Acts
147. Power to make rules
148. Notification of rules and regulations in the Official Gazette and laying of rules and regulations
149. Cesser of operation of certain enactments and savings
150. Police force functioning in Delhi immediately before the commencement of this Act to be deemed to be police force constituted under this Act
151. Power to remove difficulties
152. Repeal and saving
The Schedules
Schedule I
Part I Central Acts
Part II Delhi Act and Acts Extended to Delhi
Schedule II Table I
Schedule III Table II

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