The penalty collected under section 21 and the amount collected under section 96 shall be credited to such fund as may be prescribed.
CHAPTER VIII: MISCELLANEOUS
(1) Any offence punishable under sections 88 and 89, may, either before or after the institution of the prosecution, be compounded, on payment of such amount as may be prescribed:
Provided that no compounding of such offence shall be made without the leave of the court before which a complaint has been filed under section 92:
Provided further that such sum shall not, in any case, exceed the maximum amount of the fine, which may be imposed under this Act for the offence so compounded.
(2) The Central Authority or any officer as may be specially authorised by him in this behalf, may compound offences under sub-section (1).
(3) Nothing in sub-section (1) shall apply to person who commits the same or similar offence, within a period of three years from the date on which the first offence, committed by him, was compounded.
Explanation.—For the purposes of this sub-section, any second or subsequent offence committed after the expiry of a period of three years from the date on which the offence was previously compounded, shall be deemed to be a first offence.
(4) Where an offence has been compounded under sub-section (1), no proceeding or further proceeding, as the case may be, shall be taken against the offender in respect of the offence so compounded.
(5) The acceptance of the sum of money for compounding an offence in accordance with sub-section (1) by the Central Authority or an officer of the Central Authority empowered in this behalf shall be deemed to amount to an acquittal within the meaning of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
The Presidents and members of the District Commission, the State Commission and the National Commission, and officers and other employees thereof, the Chief Commissioner and the Commissioner of the Central Authority, the Director General, the Additional Director General, the Director, the Joint Director, the Deputy Director and the Assistant Director and all other officers and employees of the Central Authority and other persons performing any duty under this Act, while acting or purporting to act in pursuance of any of the provisions of this Act, shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code.
For the purposes of preventing unfair trade practices in e-commerce, direct selling and also to protect the interest and rights of consumers, the Central Government may take such measures in the manner as may be prescribed.
CHAPTER VIII: MISCELLANEOUS
Section 96: Compounding of offences
Section 98: Power to give directions by Central Government
Section 99: Power to give directions by Central Government
Section 100: Act not in derogation of any other law
Section 101: Power of Central Government to make rules
Section 102: Power of State Government to make rules
Section 103: Power of National Commission to make regulations
Section 104: Power of Central Authority to make regulations
Section 106: Power to remove difficulties
Section 107: Repeal and savings