363. Power of Central Government to direct inquiry into charges of in competency or misconduct.-
(1) If the Central Government has reason to believe that there are grounds for charging any master, mate or engineer with in competency or misconduct, otherwise than in the course of a formal investigation into a shipping casualty, the Central Government,-
(a) if the master, mate or engineer holds a certificate under this Act, in any case;
(b) if the master, mate or engineer holds a certificate under the law of any country outside India, in any case where the in competency or misconduct has occurred on board an Indian ship; may transmit a statement of the case to any court having jurisdiction under section 361, which is at or nearest to the place where it may be convenient for the parties and witnesses to attend, and may direct that court to make an inquiry into that charge.
(2) Before commencing the inquiry, the court shall cause the master, mate or engineer so charged to be furnished with a copy of the statement transmitted by the Central Government.