Offences by State
85. (1) Where it has been proved that an offence under this Act has been committed by any department or authority or body of the State, by whatever name called, the head of such department or authority or body shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
(2) Nothing contained in sub-section (1) shall render any such person liable to any punishment provided in this Act, if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he had exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.
(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where an offence under this Act has been committed by a department of the Central or State Government, or any authority of the State and it is proved that the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any officer, other than the head of the department or authority, such officer shall also be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
(4) Notwithstanding anything in this section, the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 relating to public servants shall continue to apply.