86. (1) No prosecution under this Act shall be instituted except by or with the previous sanction of the Insurance Commissioner 1[or of such other officer of the Corporation as may be authorised in this behalf by the 2[Director-General of the Corporation.]]

3[(2) No court inferior to that of a Metropolitan Magistrate or Judicial Magistrate of the First Class shall try any offence under this Act.]

(3) No court shall take cognisance of any offence under this Act except on a complaint made in writing in respect thereof 4[* * *].


1. Added by Act 53 of 1951, s. 22 (w.e.f. 6-10-1951).

2. Subs. by Act 44 of 1966, s. 35, for “Central Government” (w.e.f. 17-6-1967).

3. Subs. by Act 29 of 1989, s. 37, for sub-section (2) (w.e.f. 20-10-1989).

4. Certain words omitted by s. 37, ibid. (w.e.f. 20-10-1989).