23. Power to inspect and search :
The prescribed officer may, after securing a warrant from the prescribed officer, enter into and search the house, compound, land or all types of vehicle belonging to a person at any time or to arrest him\her if there is a reasonable ground to believe that the person has done any act in contravention of this Act, and it becomes necessary to collect the evidence or proof of such action. Provided that, there is a possibility that it may take some time to obtain a
warrant to enter into and search any house, compound, land or vehicle and that the
♣ Amended by second Amendment.
♦ Amended by fourth Amendment.
offender is likely to abscond or suppress evidence of his\her offense during the time, the prescribed officer may enter into and search such house, compound, land or vehicle at any time after duly preparing written records of such matters. Explanation: Officers below the rank as specified in Section 30 shall not enter into and search any house, compound, land or vehicle without a warrant under this Section. In the circumstances when the offender is not arrested or evidence is not recovered in the course of such entry or search without a warrant, the officer making
such entry or conducting search shall issue a certificate of such entry or search to the concerned person, and also forward a written notice to the prescribed officer within 15 days of such entry and search, indicting the reasons for doing so.