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The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

206. Power of police officer to impound document.

  1. Any police officer or  other person  authorised  in  this  behalf  by  the  State Government may,  if he  has reason  to believe that any identification mark carried on a motor vehicle or any licence, permit, certificate of registration, certificate  of insurance  or other document produced to him by  the driver  or person  in charge of a motor vehicle is a false document within  the meaning  of section 464 of the Indian Penal Code, (45 of  1860.) seize  the mark or document and call upon the driver or owner of  the vehicle to account for his possession of or the presence in the vehicle of such mark or document.
  2. Any  police officer or other person authorised in this behalf by the  State Government  may, if  he has  reason to  believe that the driver of a motor vehicle  who is  charged with  any offence  under this  Act  may abscond or otherwise avoid the service of a summons, seize any licence held by  such driver and forward it ito the Court taking cognizance of the offence  and the  said Court shall on the first appearance of such driver before  it, return  the licence  to him in  exchange  for  the temporary acknowledgment given under sub-section (3).
  3. A police officer or other person seizing a licence under sub-section (2)  shall give  to the  person  surrendering  the  licence a temporary  acknowledgment   therefor  and  such  acknowledgment  shall authorise the  holder to  drive until the licence has been returned to him or  until such  date as  may be specified by the police officer or other person in the acknowledgment, whichever is earlier:

Provided that  if any  magistrate, police officer or other person authorised  by   the  State  Government  in  this  behalf  is,  on  an application made  to him, satisfied that the licence cannot be, or has not been,  returned to the holder thereof before the date specified in the acknowledgment  for  any  reason  for  which  the  holder  is  not responsible, the  magistrate, police  officer or  other person, as the case may  be, may  extend the period of authorization to drive to such date as may be specified in the acknowledgment.

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