Right to Information Act, 2005 - 4 (b) II

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Chapter II - The Power and Duties of its officers and employees.


Authorities and officers to have certain powers of civil court -

The Commissioner and the Commissioners shall, for the purpose of discharging their functions under this Act, have the same powers as are vested in a court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 while trying a suit, in respect of the following matters, namely:-

summoning and enforcing the attendance of witnesses;
requiring the discovery and production of any document;
requisitioning any public record or copy thereof from any court or office;
receiving evidence on affidavits; and
issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses or documents.

(2) Every proceeding before the Commissioner and Commissioners shall be a judicial proceeding within the meaning of sections 193 and 228 of the Indian Penal Code and the Commissioner, the Commissioner, the competent authority, shall be deemed to be a civil court for the purposes of section 195 and Chapter XXVI of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.