SectionsParticulars
Chapter IPreliminary
1Title and extent
(1) This Act may be called the Cattle-trespass Act, 1871; and (2) it extends to 3[the whole of the India except 4[the territories which, immediately before ...
3Interpretation clause
In this Act,- "Officer of police" includes also village watchman, and "cattle" includes also elephants, camels, buffaloes, horses, mares, geldings, ponies col...
Chapter IIPounds And Pounds-Keepers
4Establishment of pounds
Pounds shall be established at such places as the Magistrate of the District, subject to the general control of the State Government, from time to time direct...
5Control of pounds. Rates of charge for feeding impounded cattle
The pounds shall be under the control of the Magistrate of the District; and he shall fix, and may from time to time alter, the rates of charge for feeding an...
6Appointment of pound-keepers
The State Government shall appoint a pound –keeper for every pound. Pound-keepers may hold other offices Any pound-keeper may hold simultaneously any other o...
7To keep registers and furnish returns
Every pound-keeper shall keep such registers and furnish such returns as the State Government from time to time directs....
8To register seizures
When cattle are brought to a pound, the pound-keeper shall enter in his register- (a) the number and description of the animals, (b) the day and hour on and ...
9To take charge of and feed cattle
The pound-keeper shall take charge of, feed and water the cattle until they are disposed of as hereinafter directed. ...
Chapter IIIImpounding Cattle
10Cattle damaging land
The cultivator or occupier of any land, or any person who has advanced cash for the cultivation of the crop or produce on any land, or the vendee or mortgage...
11Cattle damaging public roads, canals and embankments
Persons is charge of public roads, pleasure-grounds, plantations, canals, drainage-works, embankments and the like, and officers of police, may seize, or caus...
12Fines for cattle impounded
For every head of cattle impounded as aforesaid, the pound-keeper shall levy a fine in accordance with the scale for the time being prescribed by the State G...
Chapter IVDelivery Or Sale Of Cattle
13Procedure when owner claims the cattle and pays fines and charges
If the owner of the impounded cattle or his agent appear and claim the cattle, the pound –keeper shall deliver them to him on payment of the fines and charges...
14Procedure if cattle be not claimed within a week
If the cattle be not claimed within seven days from the date of their being impounded, the pound-keeper shall report the fact to the officer in charge of the ...
15Delivery to owner disputing legality of seizure, but making deposit
If the owner or his agent appear and refuse to pay the said fines and expenses, on the ground that the seizure was illegal, and that the owner is about to mak...
16Procedure when owner refuses of omits to pay the fines and expenses
If the owner or his agent appear and refuse or omit to pay or (in the case mentioned in section 15) to deposit the said fines and expenses, the cattle, or as ...
17Disposal of fines, expenses and surplus proceeds of sale
The officer by whom the sale was made shall send to the Magistrate of the District the fines so deducted. The charges for feedings and watering deducted unde...
18[Repealed by the Government of India (Adaptation of Indian Laws) Order, 1937]
19Officers and pound-keepers not to purchase cattle at sales under Act
No officer of police, or other officer or pound –keeper appointed under the provisions herein contained shall, directly or indirectly, purchases any cattle at...
Chapter VComplaints Of Illegal Seizure Or Detention
20Power to make complaints
Any person whose cattle have been seized under this Act, or, having been so seized, have been detained in contravention of this Act, may, at any time within t...
21Procedure on complaint
The complaint shall be made by the complainant in person, or by an agent personally acquainted with the circumstances. It may be either in writing or verbal. ...
22Compensation for illegal seizure or detention
If the seizure or detention be adjudged illegal, the Magistrate shall award to the complainant, for the loss caused by the seizure or detention, reasonable co...
23Recovery of compensation
The compensation, fines and expenses mentioned in section 22 may be recovered as if they were fined imposed by the Magistrate.] ...
Chapter VIPenalties
24Penalty for forcibly opposing the seizure of cattle of rescuing the same
Whoever forcibly opposes the seizure of cattle liable to be seized under this Act, and whoever rescues the same after seizure, either from a pound, or from an...
25Recovery of penalty for mischief committed by causing cattle to trespass
Any fine imposed under the next following section or] for the offence of mischief by causing cattle to trespass on any land may be recovered by sale of all or...
26Penalty for damage cause to land or crops or public roads by pigs
Any owner or keeper of pigs who, through neglect or otherwise, damages or causes or permits to be damaged any land, or any crop or produce of land, or any pub...
27Penalty on pound- keeper failing to perform duties
Any pound-keeper releasing or purchasing or delivering cattle contrary to the provisions of section 19, or omitting to provide any impounded cattle with suffi...
28Application of fines recovered under section 25, 26 or 27
All fines recovered under section 25, section 26 or section 27 may be appropriated in whole or in part as compensation for loss or damage proved to the satisf...
Chapter VIISuits For Compensation
29Saving of right to sue for compensation
Nothing herein contained prohibits any person whose crops or other produce of land have been damaged by trespass of cattle from suing for compensation in any ...
30Set-off
Any compensation paid to such person under this Act by order of the convicting Magistrate shall be set-off and deducted from any sum claimed by or awarded to ...
Chapter VIIISupplemental
31Power for State Government to transfer certain functions to local authority and direct credit of surplus receipts to local fund
The State Government may, from time to time, by notification in the official Gazette,-(a) transfer to any local authority, within any part of the territories ...
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