Indian Post Office Act, 1898
23. Power to deal with postal articles posted in contravention of Act
(1) Any postal article sent by post in contravention of any of the provisions of this Act may be detained and either returned to the sender or forwarded to destination, in each case charged with such additional postage (if any) as the Central Government may by rule, direct.
(2) Any officer in charge of post office or authorized by the Post Master General in this behalf may open or unfasten any newspaper or any book, pattern or sample packet, in course of transmission by post, which he suspects to have been sent by post in contravention of 17[section 20, clause (a), of] on section 21 or of any of the provisions of this Act relating to postage.
(3) Notwithstanding anything in sub-section (1) -
(a) any postal article sent by post in contravention of the provisions of section 19 15[or section 19A] may, under the authority of the Post Master General, if necessary, be opened and destroyed; and
18 [(b) any postal article sent by post in contravention of the provisions of section 20 may be disposed of in such manner as the Central Government may by rule direct.]