(1) Any person who, after the publication of an order under section 3, sub-section (3), or during the period when an order made under section 4, sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), is in force organizes or is responsible for the conduct of or who with the knowledge that such an order under section 3 or section 4 is in force takes part in, the performances prohibited thereby or any performance substantially the same as the performance so prohibited, shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.
(2) Any person who being the owner or occupier, or having the use of any public place, opens, keeps or uses the same for any performance prohibited under section 3 or section 4, or permits the same to be opened, kept or used for any such performance, shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.
S.7: “Substantially the same” – This expression cannot be equated to the words “substantially similar”. To come within the mischief of this section is, when a person who has seen a play which was banned sees another play and get an impression that he was seeing the banned. Grant of licence to the second play was not a bar for prosecution – (1962) MLJ (Crl.) 672.
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