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The Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963

10M. Appeal.

  1. Any person aggrieved by any decision or order made under this Act may prefer an appeal,--
  1. Where the decision or order has been made by the Director of Inspection and Quality Control, to the Central Government;
  2. where the decision or order has been made by any officer subordinate to the Director of Inspection and Quality Control, to the Director of Inspection and Quality Control, within a period of forty-five days from the date on which the decision or order is served on such person:

Provided that the Appellate authority may, if it is satisfied that the appellant was prevented by sufficient cause from preferring the appeal within the aforesaid period of forty-five days, allow such appeal to be preferred within a further period of forty-five days:

Provided further that in the case of an appeal against an order imposing a penalty, no such appeal shall be entertained unless the amount of the penalty has been deposited by the appellant:

Provided also that where the Appellate authority is of the opinion that the deposit to be made will cause undue hardship to the appellant, it may, at its discretion, dispense with such deposit either unconditionally or subject to such conditions as it may impose.

  1. The Appellate authority may, after giving to the appellant a reasonable opportunity of being heard, if he so desires, and after making such further inquiries, if any, as it may consider necessary, pass such orders as it thinks fit, confirming, modifying or reversing the decision or order appealed against, or may send back the case, with such directions as it may think fit, for a fresh adjudication or decision, as the case may be, after taking additional evidence, if necessary:

Provided that an order enhancing or imposing a penalty or confiscating commodity of a greater value shall not be made under this section unless the appellant has had an opportunity of making a representation and, if he so desires, of being heard, in his defence.

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