The General Clauses Act, 1897

The General Clauses Act, 1897

It is an Act to consolidate and extend the General Clauses Act, 1868 and 1887.

WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and extend the General Clauses Acts, 1868.

(1 of 1887), it is hereby enacted as follows:-

1. Short title –

(1) This Act may be called the General Clauses Act, 1897

2. Repeal –
(Repealed by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1903 (1 of 1903), Sec. 4 and Schedule

3. Definitions –

In this Act, and in all Central Acts and Regulations made after the commencement of this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context, “Abet”, with its grammatical variations and cognate expressions, shall have the same meaning as in the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).

“Act”, used with reference to an offense or a civil wrong, shall include a series of acts, and words which refer to acts done extend also to illegal omissions,

“affidavit” shall include affirmation and declaration in the case of persons by law allowed to affirm or declare instead of swearing, “barrister” shall mean a barrister of England or Ireland or a member of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland,

“British India” shall mean, as respects the period before the commencement of Part III of Government of India Act, 193, all territories and places within His Majesty’s dominions which were for the time being governed by His Majesty through the Governor-General of India or through any Governor or Officer subordinate to the Governor-General of India, and as respects, any period after that date and before the date of establishment of the Dominion of India means all territories for the time being except that a reference to British India in an Indian law passed or made before the commencement of Part III of the Government of India Act, 1935, shall not include a reference to Bearer.

“British possession” shall mean any part of Her Majesty’s dominions exclusive of the United Kingdom, and where parts of those dominions are under both a Central and a Local Legislature, all parts under the Central Legislature shall, for the purposes of this definition, be deemed to be one British possession.

“Central Act” shall mean an Act of Parliament, and shall include- An Act of the Dominion Legislature or of the Indian Legislature passed before the commencement of the Constitution, and Act made before such commencement by the Governor-General in Council or the Governor-General, acting in a legislature capacity.

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