[INDIA ACT XII, 1932.]
(8th April, 1932.)
WHEREAS it is expedient to provide against the publication of statements likely to prejudice the maintenance of friendly relations between His Majesty’s Government Governments of certain foreign States; it is hereby enacted as follows: -
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3. The provisions of sections 99A to 99G of the Code of Criminal Procedure, and of sections 27B to 27D of the Burma Post Office Act, shall apply in the case of any book, newspaper or other document containing matter which is defamatory of a Ruler of a State outside India and Burma but adjoining India or Burma or of consort or son or principal Minister of such Ruler and tends to prejudice the maintenance of friendly relations between His Majesty’s Government and the Government of such State, in like manner as they apply in the case of a book, newspaper or document containing seditious matter within the meaning of those sections.
4. Where, in any trial of an offence upon a complaint under section 2, or in any proceeding before the High Court arising out of section 3, there is a question whether any person is a Ruler of any State, or is the consort or son or principal Minister of such Ruler a certificate of the Governor that such person is such Ruler, consort, son or principal Minister shall be conclusive proof of that fact.