6. Persons holding vacant land in excess of ceiling limit to file statement.
Every person holding vacant land in excess of the ceiling limit at the commencement of this Act shall, within such period as may be prescribed, file a statement before the competent authority having jurisdiction specifying the location, extent, value and such other particulars as may be prescribed of all vacant lands and of any other land on which there is a building, whether or not with a dwelling unit therein, held by him (including the nature of his right, title or interest therein) and also specifying the vacant lands within the ceiling limit which he desires to retain: Provided that in relation to any State to which this Act applies in the first instance, the provisions of this sub- section shall have effect as if for the words" Every person holding vacant land in excess of the ceiling limit at the commencement of this Act", the words, figures and letters" Every person who held vacant land in excess of the ceiling limit on or after the 17th day of February, 1975 and before the commencement of this Act and every person holding vacant land in' excess of the ceiling limit at such commencement" had been substituted. Explanation.- In this section," commencement of this Act" means,-
the date on which this Act comes into force in any State;
where any land, not being vacant land, situated in a State in which this Act is in force has become vacant land by any reason whatsoever, the date on which such land becomes vacant land;
where any notification has been issued under clause (n) of section 2 in respect of any area in a State in which this Act is in force, the date of publication of such notification.
If the competent authority is of opinion that-
in any State to which this Act applies in the first instance, any person held on or after the 17th day of February, 1975 and before the commencement of this Act or holds at such commencement; or
in any State which adopts this Act under clause (1) of article 252 of the Constitution, any person holds at the commencement of this Act, vacant land in excess of the ceiling limit, then, notwithstanding anything contained in sub- section (1), it may serve a notice upon such person requiring him to file, within such period as may be specified in the notice, the statement referred to in sub- section (1).
The competent authority may, if it is satisfied that it is necessary so to do, extend the date for filing the statement under this section by such further period or periods as it may think fit; so, however, that the period or the aggregate of the periods of such extension shall not exceed three months.
The statement under this section shall be filed,-
in the case of an individual, by the individual himself; where the individual is absent from India, by the individual concerned or by some person duly authorised by him in this behalf; and where the individual is mentally incapacitated from attending to his affairs, by his guardian or any other person competent to act on his behalf;
in the case of a family, by the husband or wife and where the husband or wife is absent from India or is mentally incapacitated
from attending to his or her affairs, by the husband or wife who is not so absent or mentally incapacitated and where both the husband and the wife are absent from India or are mentally incapacitated from attending to their affairs, by any other person competent to act on behalf of the husband or wife or both;
in the case of a company, by the principal officer thereof;
in the case of a firm, by any partner thereof;
in the case of any other association, by any member of the association or the principal officer thereof; and
in the case of any other person, by that person or by a person competent to act on his behalf. Explanation.- For the purposes of this sub- section," principal officer",-
in relation to a company, means the secretary, manager or managing- director of the company;
in relation to any association, means the secretary, treasurer manager or agent of the association, and includes any person connected with the management of the affairs of the company or the association, as the case may be, upon whom the competent authority has served a notice of his intention of treating him as the principal officer thereof.