16. Procedure and powers of Authority.
The Authority shall be guided by the principles of natural justice.
The Authority shall have, for the purpose of discharging their functions under this chapter, the same powers as are vested in a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908 ) in respect of the following matters, namely:-
summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person and examining him on oath;
requiring the discovery and production of documents;
receiving evidence on affidavits;
issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses or documents;
reviewin its decisions;
dismissing an application for default or deciding it ex parte;
setting aside any order of dismissal of any application for default or any order passed by it ex parte;
any other matter which may be prescribed.
Every proceeding before the Authority shall be deemed to be a judicial proceeding within the meaning of sections 193 and 228, and for the purpose of section 196 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860 ) and the Authority shall be deemed to be a civil for all the purposes of section 195 and Chapter XXVI of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974 ).