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Indian Post Office Act, 1898

 

Preamble

   
  CHAPTER I: PRELIMINARY
1.

Short title, extent, application and commencement

2.

Definitions

3.

Meanings of "in course of transmission by post" and "delivery"

   
  CHAPTER II: PRIVILEGE AND PROTECTION OF THE GOVERNMENT
4.

Exclusive privilege of conveying letters reserved to the Government

5.

Certain persons expressly forbidden to convey letters

6.

Exemption from liability for loss, mis-delivery, delay or damage

   
  CHAPTER III: POSTAGE
7.

Power to fix rates of inland postage

8.

Power to make rules as to payment of postage and fees in certain cases

9.

Power to make rules as to registered newspapers

10.

Power to declare rates of foreign postage

11.

Liability for payment of postage

12.

Recovery of postage and other sums due in respect of postal articles

13.

Customs duty paid by the Post Office to be recoverable as postage

14.

Post office marks Prima facie evidence of certain facts denoted

15.

Official mark to be evidence of amount of postage

   
  CHAPTER IV: POSTAGE STAMPS
16.

Provision of postage stamps and power to make rules as to them

17.

Postage stamps to be deemed to be stamps for the purpose of revenue

   
  CHAPTER V: CONDITIONS OF TRANSMISSION OF POSTAL ARTICLES
18.

Redelivery to sender of postal article in course of transmission by post

19.

Transmission by post of anything injurious prohibited

19A.

Transmission by post of tickets, proposals, etc., relating to unauthorised lotteries prohibited

20.

Transmission by post of anything indecent, etc., prohibited

21.

Power to make rules as to transmission by post of postal articles

22.

Power to postpone despatch or delivery of certain postal articles

23.

Power to deal with postal articles posted in contravention of Act

24.

Power to deal with postal articles containing goods contraband or liable to duty

24A.

Power to deliver such articles to Customs authority

25.

Power to intercept notified goods during transmission by post

26.

Power to intercept postal articles for public good

27.

Power to deal with postal articles from abroad bearing fictitious or previously used stamps

27A.

Prohibition of transmission by post of certain newspapers

27B.

Power to detain newspapers and other articles being transmitted by post

27C.

Procedure for disposal by High Court of applications for release of newspapers and articles so detained

27D.

Jurisdiction barred

   
  CHAPTER VI: REGISTRATION, INSURANCE AND VALUE-PAYABLE POST
28.

Registration of postal articles

29.

Power to make rules as to registration

30.

Insurance of postal articles

31.

Power to require insurance of postal articles

32.

Power to make rules as to insurance

33.

Liability in respect of postal articles insured

34.

Transmission by post of value-payable postal articles

35.

Power to make rules as to value-payable postal articles

36.

Power to give effect to arrangements with other countries

   
  CHAPTER VII: UNDELIVERED POSTAL ARTICLES
37.

Power to make rules as to disposal of undelivered postal articles

38.

Disposal of undelivered postal articles at office of Post Master General

39.

Final disposal of undelivered postal articles

40.

Duty of master of ship, departing from any port in India and not being a mail ship, to convey mail bags

41.

Duty of master of ship arriving at any port in India in respect of postal articles and mail bags on board

42.

Allowance of gratuities for conveyance of postal articles by ships other than mail ships

   
  CHAPTER IX: MONEY ORDERS
43.

Power to maintain money order system and to make rules as to remittances thereby

44.

Power for remitter to recall money order or alter name of payee

45.

Power to provide for the issue of postal orders

46.

Power to give effect to arrangements with other countries

47.

Recovery of money order paid to the wrong person

48.

Exemption from liability in respect of money orders

49.

Penalty for misconduct of person employed to carry or deliver mail bags or postal articles

50.

Penalty for voluntary withdrawal from duty, without permission or notice, of person employed to carry or deliver mail bags or postal articles

51.

Penalty for making false entry in register kept by person employed to carry or deliver postal articles

52.

Penalty for theft, dishonest misappropriation, secretion, destruction, or throwing away, of postal articles

53.

Penalty for opening, detaining or delaying postal articles

54.

Penalty for fraud in connection with official marks and for receipt of excess postage

55.

Penalty for fraudulently preparing, altering, secreting or destroying Post Office documents

56.

Penalty for fraudulently sending unpaid postal articles

57.

Punishment of offences committed in a tribal area, Acceding State or other Indian State- Repealed by the Finance Act, 1950

58.

Penalty for contravention of section 4

59.

Penalty for contravention of section 5

60.

Penalty for breach of rules under section 16

61.

Penalty for contravention of section 19, 19A or 20

62.

Penalty for defiling or injuring post office letter-boxes

63.

Penalty for affixing without authority thing to, or painting, tarring or disfiguring, post office or post office letter box

64.

Penalty for making false declaration

65.

Penalty for master of ship failing to comply with the provisions of section 40 or 41

66.

Penalty for detention of letters on board vessel arriving in port

67.

Penalty for detaining mails or opening mail bag

68.

Penalty for retaining postal articles wrongly delivered or mail bags

69.

Penalty for unlawfully diverting letters

70.

Penalty for abetting, or attempting to commit, offences under Act

71.

Property in cases of offences to be laid in the Post Office

72.

Authority for prosecutions under certain sections of Act

   
  CHAPTER XI: SUPPLEMENTAL
73.

Zamindari and other district posts

74.

General poswer to make rules and provisions as to rules under Act

75.

Delegation of powers, other than rule-making powers, to Director General

76.

Repeal- Repealed by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1914

77.

Saving- Repealed by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1952

   
 

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