Inspection of goods in transit.

(1) At any place inside the state when so required by an officer empowered under rule 5 to exercise powers under section 45 or section 48, the owner, driver or any other person-in-charge of the vehicle or vessel, as the case may be, shall stop the vehicle or vessel and keep it stationary as long as may be required by such officer. He shall also allow such officer to examine the contents of the vehicle or vessel and to inspect all documents and records relating to the goods carried, which may be in his possession or in the possession of any other person in the vehicle or vessel.

(2) If on such examination, the officer finds or has reason to believe that –

(a) any one or more consignments are not covered by one or more of the documents referred to in sub-rule (1) of rule 54; or

(b) any such documents in respect of any consignment is false, bogus, incorrect, incomplete or invalid, the officer shall issue a notice to the driver or person-incharge of the vehicle or vessel why the goods should not be seized.

(3) The officer, if he is satisfied as to the reason or reasons for the omission or defect, as the case may be, may vacate the notice after recording his finding therefor.

(4) If the officer is not satisfied with the explanation furnished by the owner, driver or the person-in-charge of the vehicle, he shall order the seizure of the goods and furnish a receipt to the person aforesaid in respect of the goods seized.

(5) The commissioner may from time to time issue instructions with regard to the procedure to be followed regarding search and seizure of goods imported into the State from out of State.