23. Institution of proceedings and composition of offences.
A person shall not be proceeded against for an offence under section 20 or section 21 or section 22 or under the Indian Penal Code except at the instance of the Commissioner. (45 of 1860 ).
The Commissioner may, either before or after the institution of proceedings, compound any offence punishable under section 20 or section 21 or section 22.