INVESTIGATION BY DIRECTOR GENERAL BEFORE ISSUE OF PROCESS IN CERTAIN CASES.
(1) The Commission may, before issuing any process requiring the attendance of the person
against whom an inquiry (other than an inquiry upon an application by the Director
General) may be made under section 10, by an order, require the Director General to make,
or cause to be made, a preliminary investigation in such manner as it may direct and
submit a report to the Commission to enable it to satisfy itself as to whether or not the
matter requires to be inquired into.
(2) The Director General may, upon his own knowledge or information or on a complaint made
to him, make, or cause to be made, a preliminary investigation in such manner as he may
think fit to enable him to satisfy himself as to whether or not an application should be
made by him to the Commission under section 10.
(3) For the purpose of conducting the preliminary investigation under sub-section (1), or
sub-section (2), as the case may be, the Director General or any other person making the
investigation shall have the same powers as may be exercised by an Inspector under
sub-section (2) of section 44.
(4) Any order or requisition made by a person making an investigation under sub-section
(1), or sub-section (2), shall be enforced in the same manner as if it were an order or
requisition made by an Inspector appointed under section 240 or section 240A of the
Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956), and any contravention of such order or requisition shall
be punishable in the same manner as if it were an order or requisition made by an
Inspector appointed under the said section 240 or section 240A. 62.
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