14. Exercising of Powers of Civil Courts:
The Competent Authority/the Appellate Authority/the Scrutiny and Re-
view Committee at the State Level/Scrutiny Committees at the District
level/ Government shall exercise the powers of Civil Courts under the
Code of Civil procedure, 1908 in summoning the witnesses as defined in
section (9) of the Act in addition to
(a) Receiving evidence on affidavit.
(b) Summoning and examining any person or documents:
(c) Making local enquiry and inspections.
15. Action on false certificates : (Penalities)
(a) Any person, who obtains a false Community, Nativity and Date of Birth
Certificate as belonging to a community to which he does not in fact
belong, shall be dealt with as per the provisions under section 10,11,12
of the Act.
(b) Action under sub-rule (a) above against a person shall be referred to
the court of competent jurisdiction and will be initiated by the District
Collector under whose jurisdiction the person obtained the false Com-
munity, Nativity and Date of Birth Certificate.
(c) The District Collector shall initiate action under section 13 of the Act
against an officer who issued the false Community, Nativity and Date of
Birth Certificate to any person contrary to the provisions of the Act
16. Validity of Community, Nativity and Date of Birth Certificate :
The Community, Nativity and Date of Birth Certificate, issued by the
Competent Authority in accordance with these provisions, shall be a
17. Procedure for issuing of duplicate Community, Nativity and Date of Birth
When the holder of the Community Certificate loses the certificate, he/
she shall immediately report this to the Competent Authority. He/she
shall submit an application to the competent Authority, furnishing the
particulars of the original Community Certificate held by him/her. On
receipt of such application, the competent Authority shall verify his records
and issue duplicate Community, Nativity and Date of birth Certificates
within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of the application by him/her. An
affidavit on Rs.10/- stamp paper stating the circumstances in which he/
she lost the original certificate must be filed aiongwith the application for
the issue of the duplicate certificate.
Whenever complaints are received regarding the community daim of
any employee/prospective employee/ student claiming to betong to a