The Essential Commodities (Punjab Amendment) Act, 1959
Act 34 of 1959
Object & Reasons6
|Statement of Objects and Reasons. - "While the Essential Commodities Act, 1955, enables the court to order forfeiture of any essential commodity in respect of which an offence has been committed under that Act, there is no provision for the forfeiture of packages, coverings or receptacles containing such essential commodity or the animals, vehicle, vessels or other conveyances used in carrying such commodity. It is proposed to confer this power on the court in respect of foodstuffs for the present. This will assist the Government in effectivity preventing the smuggling of controlled foodstuffs from the Punjab". (Punjab Government Gazette Extraordinary, dated the 30th June, 1959).|
"7-A. Forfeiture of certain property used in the commission of the offence. - Whenever any offence relating to foodstuffs which is punishable under section 7 has been committed, the court shall direct that all the packages, coverings or receptacles in which any property liable to be forfeited under the said section is found and all the animals, vehicles vessels, or other conveyances used in carrying the said property shall be forfeited to the Government".