Role of Section 133(i)(iv) in Empowering Revenue Officials in India


Section 133(i)(iv) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC) empowers revenue officials in India to remove or repair buildings, tents or structures which are in a dangerous condition and likely to cause injury to persons or damage to property.

This provision is typically used by revenue officials to remove or repair dilapidated buildings, overhanging balconies, and other structures that pose a safety hazard. It is also used to remove or repair structures that have been constructed illegally or without the necessary permits.

To exercise their powers under Section 133(i)(iv), revenue officials must first issue a notice to the owner or occupier of the building, tent or structure. The notice must specify the nature of the danger and the action that the owner or occupier is required to take. If the owner or occupier fails to comply with the notice, the revenue official can then remove or repair the structure at the owner's expense.

Section 133(i)(iv) is an important tool for revenue officials to maintain public safety and prevent accidents. It is also a reminder to property owners and occupiers of their responsibility to maintain their property in a safe condition.

Here are some examples of situations where revenue officials may use their powers under Section 133(i)(iv):

  • A building is in a dilapidated condition and is likely to collapse, posing a danger to passersby.
  • An overhanging balcony is in danger of falling and could injure people or damage property below.
  • A structure has been constructed illegally or without the necessary permits and is a safety hazard.
  • A structure is blocking a public road or waterway.

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