Any person who[" contravenes any provision of this Act (except Chapter VA)] any rule or rule or order thereunder or who commits a breach of any of the conditions of any licence or permit granted under this Act, shall be guilty of an offence against this Act, and shall, on conviction, be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees, or with both:
Provided that where the offence committed is in relation to any animal specified in Schedule I or Part II of Schedule II or meat of any such animal or animal article, trophy or uncured trophy derived from such animal or where the offence relates to hunting in a sanctuary or a National Park, such offence shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but may extend to six years and also with fine which shall not be less than five hundred rupees: Provided further that in the case of a second or subsequent offence of the nature mentioned in the foregoing proviso, the term of imprisonment shall not be less than one year and the amount of the fine shall not be less than one thousand rupees.
1[ Any person who contravenes any provisions of Chapter VA, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year but which may extent to seven years and also with fine which shall not be less than five thousand rupees."]
When any person is convicted of an offence against this Act, the Court trying the offence may order that any captive animal, wild animal, animal article, trophy, uncured trophy or meat in respect of which the offence has been committed, and any trap, tool, vehicle, vessel or weapon, used in the commission of the said offence be forfeited to the State Government and that any licence or permit, held by such person under the provisions of this Act, be cancelled.
Such cancellation of licence or permit or such forfeiture shall be in addition to any other punishment that may be awarded for such offence.
Where any person is convicted of an offence against this Act, the Court may direct that the licence, if any, granted to such person under the Arms Act, 1959 , (54 of 1959 .) for possession of any arm with which an offence against this Act has been committed, shall be cancelled and that such person shall not be eligible for a licence under the Arms Act, 1959 , for a period of five years from the date of conviction.