Sections Particulars
Part I Preliminary
1 Interpretation-clause
7[(1)] In this Act, unless there shall be something repugnant in the subject or context,-"Book" includes every volume, part or division of a volume, and pamph...
2 [Repeal of Act 11 of 1835 - Repealed by the Repealing Act, 1870 (14 of 1870)]
Part II Printing Presses And Newspapers
3 Particulars to be printed on books and papers
Every book or paper printed within 18[India] shall have printed legibly on it the name of the printer and the place of printing, and (if the book or paper be ...
4 Keeper of printing press to make declaration
20[(1)] No person shall within 18[India], keep in his possession any press for the printing of books or papers, who shall not have made and subscribed the fol...
5 Rules as to publication of newspapers.
No 23[newspaper] shall be published in 18[India], except in conformity with the rules hereinafter laid down: 24(1) Without prejudice to the provisions of sec...
6 Authentication of declaration
Each of the two originals of every declaration so made and subscribed as is aforesaid, shall be authenticated by the signature and official seal of the Magist...
7 Office copy of declaration to be prima-facie evidence
In any legal proceeding whatever, as well civil as criminal, the production of a copy of such declaration as is aforesaid, attested by the seal of some Court ...
8 New declaration by persons who have signed a declaration and subsequently ceased to be printers or publishers
40[If any person has subscribed to any declaration in respect of a newspaper under section 5 and the declaration has been authenticated by a Magistrate under ...
8A Person whose name has been incorrectly published as editor may make a declaration before a Magistrate
If any person, whose name has appeared as editor on a copy of a newspaper, claims that he was not the editor of the issue on which his name has so appeared, h...
8B Cancellation of declaration
If, on an application made to him by the Press Registrar or any other person or otherwise, the Magistrate empowered to authenticate a declaration under this A...
8C Appeal
(1) Any person aggrieved by an order of a Magistrate refusing to authenticate a declaration under section 6 or canceling a declaration under section 8B may, w...
9 Copies of books printed after commencement of Act to be delivered gratis to Government
Printed 45[***] copies of the whole of every book which shall be printed 45[***] in 18[India] after this Act shall come into force, together with all maps, pr...
10 Receipt for copies delivered under section 9
The officer to whom a copy of a book is delivered under the last foregoing section shall give to the printer a receipt in writing therefor....
11 Disposal of copies delivered under section 9
The copy delivered pursuant to clause (a) of the first paragraph of section 9 of this Act shall be disposed of as the State Government shall from time to time...
11A Copies of newspapers printed in India to be delivered gratis to Government
The printer of every newspaper in 18[India] shall deliver at such place and to such officer as the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazet...
11B Copies of newspapers to be delivered to Press Registrar
Subject to any rules that may be made under this Act, the publisher of every news paper in India shall deliver free of expense to the Press Registrar one copy...
Part IV Penalties
12 Penalty for printing contrary to rule in section 3
Whoever shall print or publish any book or paper otherwise than in conformity with the rule contained in section 3 of this Act, shall, on conviction before a ...
13 Penalty for keeping press without making declaration required by section 4
Whoever shall keep in his possession any such press as aforesaid. 50[In contravention of any of the provisions contained in section 4 of this Act], shall. on ...
14 Punishment for making false statement
Any person who shall, in making 51[any declaration or other statement] under the authority of this Act, make a statement which is false, and which he either k...
15 Penalty for printing or publishing newspaper without conforming to rules.
52[(1)] Whoever shall 49[edit], print or publish any 53[newspaper], without conforming to the rules hereinbefore laid down, or whoever shall 49[edit], print o...
15A Penalty for failure to make a declaration under section 8
If any person who has ceased to be a printer or publisher of any newspaper fails or neglects to make a declaration in compliance with section 8, he shall, on ...
16 Penalty for not delivering books or not supplying printer with maps.
If any printer of any such book as is referred to in section 9 of this act shall neglect to deliver copies of the same pursuant to that section, he shall for ...
16A Penalty for failure to supply copies of newspapers gratis to Government
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16B Penalty for failure to supply copies of newspapers to Press Registrar
If any publisher of any newspaper published in India neglects to deliver copies of the same in compliance with section 11B, he shall, on the complaint of the ...
17 Recovery of forfeitures and disposal thereof and of fines
Any sum forfeited to the Government under 60[section 16] may be recovered, under the warrant of the Magistrate determining the sum, or of his successor in off...
Part V Registration Of Books
18 Registration of memoranda of books
There shall be kept at such office, and by such officer as the State Government shall appoint in this behalf, a book to be called a Catalogue of Books printed...
19 Publication of memoranda registered
The memoranda registered during each quarter in the said Catalogue shall be published in the Official Gazette, as soon as may be after the end of such quarter...
Part VA Registration Of Newspapers
19A Appointment of Press Registrar and other officers
The Central Government may appoint a Registrar of newspapers for India and such other officers under the general superintendence and control of the Press Regi...
19B Register of newspapers
(1) The Press Registrar shall maintain in the prescribed manner a Register of newspapers. (2) The Register shall, as far as may be practicable, contain the fo...
19C Certificates of registration
On receiving from the Magistrate under section 6 a copy of the declaration in respect of a newspaper 70[and on the publication of such newspaper, the Press Re...
19D Annual statement, etc., to be furnished by newspapers
It shall be the duty of the publisher of every newspaper- (a) to furnish to the Press Registrar an annual statement in respect of the newspaper at such time a...
19E Returns and reports to be furnished by newspapers
The publisher of every newspaper shall furnish to the Press Registrar such returns, statistics and other information with respect to any of the particulars re...
19F Right of access to records and documents
The Press Registrar any gazetted officer authorized by him in writing in this behalf shall, for the purpose of the collection of any information relating to a...
19G Annual report
The Press Registrar shall prepare, in such form and at such time each year as may be prescribed, an annual report containing a summary of the information obta...
19H Furnishing of copies of extracts from Register
On the application of any person for the supply of the copy of any extract from the Register and on payment of such fee as may be prescribed, the Press Regist...
19I Delegation of powers
Subject to the provisions of this Act and regulations made thereunder, the Press Registrar may delegate all or any of his powers under this Act to any officer...
19J Press Registrar and other officers to be public savants
The Press Registrar and all officers appointed under this Act shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Cod...
19K Penalty for contravention of section 19D or section 19E, etc
If the publisher of any newspaper- (a) refuses or neglects to comply with the provisions of section 19D or section 19E; or 71[***] (c) publishers in the news...
19L Penalty for improper disclosure of information
If any person engaged in connection with the collection of information under this Act willfully discloses any information or the contents of any return given ...
Part VI Miscellaneous
20 Power of State Government to make rules
(1) The State Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make such rules (not inconsistent with the rules made by the Central Government under s...
20A Power of Central Government to make rules
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules- (a) prescribing the particulars which a declaration made and subscribed u...
20B Rules made under this Act may provide that contravention thereof shall be punishable
Any rule made under any provision of this Act may provide that any contravention thereof shall be punishable with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees....
21 Power to exclude any class of books from operation of Act
79[The State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette], exclude any class of books 80[or papers] from the operation of the whole or any part or...
22 Extent
This Act extends to the whole of India 83[***]...
23 Commencement of Act- Repealed by the Repealing Act, 1870 (14 of 1870)]
Foot Notes
1. Short title given by the Indian Short Titles Act, 1897 (14 of 1897).This Act was declared by the Laws Local Extent Act, 1874 to be in force in all the Prov...
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