342 The New Delhi Municipal Council Act

Breaking into building

(1) It shall be lawful for the Chairperson or any person authorised in this behalf by him or empowered in this behalf by or, under any provision of this Act, rules, regulations or bye-laws made thereunder to make any entry into any place, and to open or cause to be opened any door, gate or other barrier--

(a) if he considers the opening thereof necessary for the purpose of such entry; and

(b) if the owner or occupier is absent or being present refuses to open such door, gate or barrier.

(2) Before making any entry into any such place, or opening or causing to be opened any such door, gate or other barrier, the Chairperson or the person authorised or empowered in this behalf, shall call upon two or more respectable inhabitants of the locality in which the place to be entered into is situate, to witness the entry or opening and may issue an order in writing to them or any of them so to do.