The U.P. Petroleum Products (Maintenance of Supplies) Control Order, 1977
Published vide Notification U.P. Gazette, (Extraordinary), dated March 1, 1977, vide Notification No. 2192/29-E-C-1-M-46-77, dated March 1, 1977
(a) "dealer" in relation to a retail outlet means a person who being appointed as such by an Oil Company to operate such retail outlet is licensed under the Petroleum Rules, 1976.
(b) "petroleum products" means any of the petroleum products mentioned below, namely-
(i) High speed diesel oil;
(ii) Motor spirit of all grades.
(c) "retail outlet" means a filling station in which one or more dispensing pumps have been provided and where a petroleum product is sold in retail.
(d) "District Magistrate" includes the Additional District Magistrate, the District Supply Officer and other officer authorised by the District Magistrate to perform all or any of his functions under this Order.3. Requirement to maintain minimum stock of petroleum products. - Every Dealer shall at all time maintain at his retail outlet a minimum stock of 1,000 (one thousand) litres of high speed diesel oil and 1,000 (one thousand litres of motor spirit each apart from the dead stock and from out of the minimum stock referred to above, the sales shall be made by him to such person and in such quantity 'only as is specified in a permit issued in that behalf by the District Magistrate. Provided that the dealer shall replenish the stock so sold to the permit holder so as to keep as may be, the minimum referred to above., 4. Account, information and powers of search and seizure. - (1) The District Magistrate may with a view to carrying out the provisions of this Order-
(i) by a general or special order require the dealer of any retail out-let or any other person carrying on the business of sale of petroleum products-
(a) to maintain such record and furnish such information as may be specified in such order;
(b) to produce to such authority as may be specified in such order any books, accounts or other documents relating to the sale or disposal of petroleum products;
(ii) inspect or cause to be inspected any books, accounts or other documents relating to the sale or disposal of such petroleum products;
(iii) enter or search or inspect or authorise any person to enter or search or inspect any dealer of petroleum products;
(iv) seize or authorize any person to seize, any petroleum products in respect of which he has reason to believe that a contravention of this order has been committed or is likely to be committed or any books, accounts or other documents relating thereto.(2) The provisions of Section 100 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Central Act 2 of 1974), relating to search and seizure shall, so far as may be, apply to search and seizures under this Order.