Section 31 in The Advocates Fund Act 2001
Title: Power to summon witnesses and take evidence
The Trustee Committee and the State Bar Council shall, for the purpose of any enquiry under this Act, have the same powers as are vested in a civil court while trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908), in respect of the following matters, namely:—
(a) enforcing the attendance of any person or examining him on oath;
(b) requiring the discovery and production of documents;
(c) receiving evidence on affidavit;
(d) issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses;
(e) any other matter which may be prescribed.
Title: Power to amend Schedules I and II
(1) The appropriate Government may, on the recommendation of the Trustee Committee, by notification, and having due regard to the availability of the amount in the Fund, amend the rates specified in Schedule I.
(2) The Central Government may, as and when considered necessary, by notification, amend Schedule II.
Title: Power of appropriate Government to issue directions
(1) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions of this Act, the Trustee Committee shall, in exercise of the powers or the performance of its functions under this Act, be bound by such directions on questions of policy, other than those relating to professional and administrative matters, as the appropriate Government may give in writing to it from time to time:
Provided that the Trustee Committee shall, as far as practicable, be given an opportunity to express its views before any direction is given under this sub-section.
(2) The decision of the appropriate Government, whether a question is one of policy or not, shall be final.
Title: Power of appropriate Government to supersede Trustee Committee
(1) If at any time the appropriate Government is of the opinion—
(a) that, on account of circumstances beyond the control of the Trustee Committee, it is unable to discharge the functions or perform the duties imposed on it by or under the provisions of this Act; or
(b) that the Trustee Committee has persistently defaulted in complying with any direction given by the appropriate Government under this Act or in the discharge of the functions or performance of the duties imposed on it by or under the provisions of this Act; or
(c) that circumstances exist which render it necessary in the public interest so to do,
the appropriate Government may, by notification and for reasons to be specified therein, supersede the Trustee Committee for such period, not exceeding six months, as may be specified in the notification and appoint, in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court having jurisdiction, a Judge of the High Court to be the Controller of the Trustee Committee:
Provided that before issuing any such notification, the appropriate Government shall give a reasonable opportunity to the Trustee Committee to make representations against the proposed supersession and shall consider the representations, if any, of the Trustee Committee.
(2) Upon the publication of a notification under sub-section (1) superseding the Trustee Committee,—
(a) the Chairperson, Members and the Secretary of the Trustee Committee shall, as from the date of supersession, vacate their offices as such;
(b) all powers, functions and duties which may, by or under the provisions of this Act, be exercised or discharged by or on behalf of the Trustee Committee shall, until the Trustee Committee is reconstituted under sub-section (3), be exercised and discharged by the Controller of the Trustee Committee; and
(c) all properties and Fund owned or controlled by the Trustee Committee shall, until the Trustee Committee is reconstituted under sub-section (3), vest in the appropriate Government.
(3) On or before the expiration of the period of supersession specified in the notification issued under sub-section (1), the appropriate Government shall reconstitute the Trustee Committee by a fresh appointment of its Chairperson, Members and Secretary of such Committee and in such case a person who had vacated his office under clause (a) of sub-section (2) shall not be deemed to be disqualified for reappointment.
(4) The appropriate Government shall cause a copy of the notification issued under sub-section (1) and a full report of any action taken under this section and the circumstances leading to such action to be laid before each House of Parliament or before each House of the State Legislature, where it consists of two Houses or where such Legislature consists of one House, before that House, as the case may be, at the earliest.
Title: Power of Central Government to make rules
(1) The Central Government, being the appropriate Government, may, by notification, make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act.
(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:—
(a) the periodical and annual reports to be sent under clause (f) of section 11;
(b) the form and the manner in which the annual statement of accounts and annual report shall be prepared under sub-section (1) of section 13;
(c) the forms, registers and other records to be maintained under clause (g) of section 14;
(d) the form in which an association of advocates may apply for recognition to the State Bar Council under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) of section 16;
(e) the form in which a certificate of recognition shall be issued by the State Bar Council under sub-section (4) of section 16;
(f) the form in which an advocate shall apply for admission as a member of the Fund under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) of section 18;
(g) the principles in accordance with which the amount payable to a member of the Fund be reduced under sub-section (12) of section 18;
(h) the manner of providing medical and educational facilities for the members of the Fund and their dependants under clause (b) of section 24;
(i) the other benefits to be provided under clause (f) of section 24;
(j) the form of appeal under sub-section (2) of section 25;
(k) the value and design of stamps to be printed and distributed under sub-section (1) of section 26;
(l) the form and the manner in which accounts of the stamps shall be kept under sub-section (5) of section 26;
(m) the value of stamps not exceeding twenty-five rupees as may be prescribed under the first proviso to sub-section (1) of section 27;
(n) the value of stamps to be affixed on every Vakalatnama under the second proviso to sub-section (1) of section 27;
(o) the manner of cancellation of stamps under sub-section (4) of section 27;
(p) any other matter which is to be, or may be, prescribed.