148A. CONTEMPT OF CO-OPERATIVE COURTS AND OF CO-OPERATIVE APPELLATE COURT
(1) If any person—
(a) when ordered by a Co-operative Court or the Co-operative Appellate Court to produce or deliver up any document or to furnish information, being legally bound so to do, intentionally omits to do so; or
(b) when required by any such Court to bind himself by an oath or affirmation to state the truth, refuses to do so;
(c) being legally bound to state the truth en any subject to any such Court refuses to answer any question demanded of him touching such subject by the Court; or
(d) intentionally offers any insult or causes any interruption to any such Court at any stage of its judicial proceeding, he shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees; or with both.
(2) If any person refuses to sign any statement made by aim, when required to do so by a Co-operative Court or the Co-operative Appellate Court, he shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment foe a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.
(6) Where a matter is heard by an odd number of members constituting a Bench the opinion of the majority shall prevail, and the decision, shall be in accordance with the opinion of the majority. Where a matter is heard by an even number of members, and the members are equally divided, if the President be one of the members the opinion of the President shall prevail; and in other cases the matter shall be referred for hearing to the President, and shall be decided in accordance with his decision.
(7) Subject to the previous sanction of the State Government, the Co-operative Appellate Court shall frame regulations consistent with the provision of this Act and rules made thereunder, for regulating its procedure and the disposal of its business.
(8) The regulations made under sub-section (7), shall be published in the Official Gazette.
(9) The Co-operative Appellate Court may call for and examine the record of any proceeding in which an appeal lies to it, for the purpose of satisfying itself as to the legality or propriety of any decision or order passed. If in any case, it appears to the Co-operative Appellate Court that any such decision or order should be modified, annulled or reversed, the Co-operative Appellate Court may pass such order thereon as it may deem just.
(10) Where an appeal or application is made to the Co-operative Appellate Court] under this Act], it may, in order to prevent the ends of justice bang defeated make such inter-locutory orders pending the decision of the appeal or applications, as the case may be, may appear to it to be just and convenient, or such orders as may to necessary for the ends of justice, or £o prevent the abuse of the process of the Co- operative Appellate Court.
(11) An order passed in appeal, or in revision under sub-section (9) or in review under section 150 by the Co-operative Appellate Court, shall be final and conclusive, and shall not be called in question in any Civil or Revenue Court.
Explanation—The Co-operative Appellate Court hearing an appeal under this Acts shall exercise all the powers conferred upon an appellate court by section 97 and Order XLI in the First Schedule of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
(12) (a) The President and other members of the Maharashtra State Co-operative Tribunal functioning immediately before the commencement of the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies (Third Amendment) Act 1973 , shall be deemed, respectively to be the President and other members of the Maharashtra Stare Co-operative in of Appellate Court constituted for the purpose of this Act; and all appeals and other proceedings pending before the said Tribunal shall be heard and disposed of by the said Court: from the stage they reached before such commencement.
(b) Anything done or any action taken (including any orders passed or regulations made) by the said Tribunal, shall be deemed to have been done or taken by the said Court and shall continue in operation until duly modified or annulled.
(c) Any reference to the said Tribunal in any law or instrument, for the time being in force, shall, with effect from the commencement of the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies (Third Amendment) Act, 1973, be construed as a reference to the said Court.]