7. Seizure, detention and search of ships.
(1) Where a ship is liable to forfeiture under this Act,
(a) any Presidency Magistrate or Magistrate of the first class, or
1. Subs. by the A.O. 1937, for "L.G."
2. Ins. by Act 2 of 1937, s. 4.
3. See now of the-Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974).
4. The word "other" omitted by the A.O. 1950.
5. Subs., ibid., for "any State in India".
6. The words "or State" omitted, ibid.
(a) any commissioned officer on full pay in the 1[Armed Forces of the Union], 2*** or
(b) any officer of customs or police officer not below such rank3 as may be designated in this behalf by the Central Government, may seize such ship and detain it, and, if the ship is found at sea within the territorial waters of the States, may bring it to any convenient port in the States.
(2) Any officer taking any action under sub-section (1) shall forthwith report the same through his official superiors to the 4[Central Government].
(3) The 4[Central Government] shall, within thirty days of the seizure, either cause the ship to be released or make or cause to be made, in the manner hereinafter provided, an application for the forfeiture thereof, and may make such orders for the temporary disposal of the ship as it thinks suitable.