Section 31. Failure to submit returns
(1) If default is made on the part of any registered trade union in giving any notice or sending any statement or other document as required by or under any provisions of this Act, every 8[office-bearer] or other person bound by the rules of the trade union to give or send the same, or, if there is no such 8[office-bearers] or person, every member of the executive of the trade union, shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five rupees and, in the case of a continuing default, with an additional fine which may extend to five rupees for each week after the first during which the default continues :
PROVIDED that the aggregate fine shall not exceed fifty rupees.
(2) Any person who willfully makes, or causes to be made, any false entry in, or any omission from, the general statement required by section 28, or in or from any copy of rules or of alterations of rules sent to the Registrar under that section, shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.
Section 32. Supplying false information regarding trade unions
Any person who, with intent to deceive, gives to any member of a registered trade union or to any person intending or applying to become a member of such trade union any document purporting to be a copy of the rules of the trade union or of any alterations to the same which he knows, or has reason to believe, is not a correct copy of such rules or alterations as are for the time being in force, or any person who, with the intent, gives a copy of any rules of an unregistered trade union to any person on the pretence that such rules are the rules of a registered trade union, shall be punishable with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees.
Section 33. Cognizance of offences
(1) No court inferior to that of a Presidency Magistrate or a Magistrate of the first class shall try any offence under this Act.
(2) No court shall take cognizance of any offence under this Act, unless complaint thereof has been made by, or with the previous sanction of, the Registrar or, in the case of an offence under section 32, by the person to whom the copy was given, within six months of the date on which the offence is alleged to have been committed.