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Section 37 Foreign Exchange Mgt. Act 1999: Power of search, seizure, etc

Section 37 (Power of search, seizure, etc) under Chapter VI (Directorate of Enforcement) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999 (FEMA)

❝(1) The Director of Enforcement and other officers of Enforcement, not below the rank of an Assistant Director, shall take up for investigation the contravention referred to in section 13.

(2) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1), the Central Government may also, by notification, authorise any officer or class of officers in the Central Government, State Government or the Reserve Bank, not below the rank of an Under Secretary to the Government of India to investigate any contravention referred to in section 13.

(3) The officers referred to in sub-section (1) shall exercise the like powers which are conferred on income-tax authorities under the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961) and shall exercise such powers, subject to such limitations laid down under that Act.❞



The Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 was amended by:
- the Finance Act, 2015 (Act No. 20 of 2015);
- the Finance Act, 2016 (Act No. 28 of 2016);
- the Finance Act, 2017 (Act No. 07 of 2017).

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