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7. Powers of inquiry Committee

7. Powers of inquiry Committee:

(1) The Inquiry Committee shall have following powers in the course of holding an investigation and inquiry into
the reasons and grounds mentioned in the motion submitted pursuant to Sub-section (2) of Section 3
(a) To issue summon, notice or banda sawal as per necessity for Summoning and enforcing the attendance

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of accused official of constitutional body or any other person before the Inquiry Committee.
(b) To order a person, body or an official to produce a document or evidence before the Inquiry Committee
within such time as prescribed by it.
(c) To record the statement of accused official of constitutional body.
(d) To conduct inquiry with, or to record the statement of, any person, expert, witness or any other person who
knows the relevant fact of inquiry.
(e) To perform or cause to perform any other necessary acts or activities relevant to the investigation.
(2) In case inquiry committee is constituted to probe into accusation of corruption against an official of constitutional body, the committee may also exercise the powers conferred on investigating officer pursuant to the
prevailing law of corruption.
(3) Normally, the proceedings of inquiry to be held pursuant to this Act, shall be in camera (confidential) and no one other than the accused official of constitutional body, his/her lawyer, if any, the person and expert who is deemed necessary by the Inquiry Committee in the course of investigation and the employees who are deputed in the work of inquiry committee shall be permitted to attend or take part in the proceedings of inquiry.
(4) The Inquiry Committee may impose a fine upto Ten Thousand Rupees on a person who breaches summon notice or Banda Sawal issued pursuant to this Act, or fails to produce the document or evidence sought by  the committee or contravenes an order issued by it or hinders on an act or activity of the inquiry committee.
Provided that, in case such person submits an application to the Inquiry Committee upon setting out the reasonable grounds of failure to produce such document and evidence before it and if such grounds are  appropriate the Inquiry Committee may remit the fine imposed on such person wholly or partially.

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