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Section 27, Consumer Protection Act 1986: Penalties

Section 27 (Penalties) under Chapter III () of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, is reproduced hereunder:—

(1) Where a trader or a person against whom a complaint is made or the complainant fails or omits to comply with any order made by the District Forum, the State Commission or the National Commission, as the case may be, such trader or person or complainant shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one month but which may extend to three years, or with fine which shall not be less than two thousand rupees but which may extend to ten thousand rupees, or with both.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), the District Forum or the State Commission or the National Commission, as the case may be, shall have the power of a Judicial Magistrate of the first class for the trial of offences under this Act, and on such conferment of powers, the District Forum or the State Commission or the National Commission, as the case may be, on whom the powers are so conferred, shall be deemed to be a Judicial Magistrate of the first class for the purpose of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974).

(3) All offences under this Act may be tried summarily by the District Forum or the State Commission or the National Commission, as the case may be.





Extra Notes for Readers

(1) Modifications by the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act, 1993 (Act No. 50 of 1993), sec. 27, (w.e.f. 18-Jun-1993), as  follows:

 o in sub-section (1), after the words "against whom a complaint is made", the words "or the complainant" were inserted;
 o in sub-section (1), after the words "such trader or person", the words "or complainant" were inserted.

(2) Modifications by the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act, 2002 (Act No. 62 of 2002), sec. 23, (w.e.f. 15-Mar-2003), as  follows:

 o section 27 was renumbered as sub-section (1) thereof;
 o proviso under sub-section (1) as so renumbered was omitted;
 o sub-sections (2) & (3) were inserted.




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