9. Liability of offence committed by firm or body corporate:
If any firm or corporate body violates this Act or the rules or orders framed or issued under this Act, in the case of a firm, its owner or partner, and in the case of a corporate body, the chief administrative officer carrying out the functions of that body, shall be liable to the punishment for the purpose of Section 8.
Provided that, in the case of any act and action carried out prior to his or her being owner, partner or such administrative officer or if he or she proves that he or she was not in a position to know the violation, such a
person shall not be liable for such punishment.