Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act, 1960

Awards of costs.

51.—(1) The costs of the parties in any proceedings under Chapter VI or VII of this Part shall be in the discretion of the Board, and the Board may, by its award, direct to and by whom and in what manner those costs or any part thereof shall be paid.

(2) The Board may, with the consent of the parties concerned, fix the amount of costs ordered to be paid or in default of such consent, may refer the costs to a Taxing-Master for taxation.

(3) Where the Board orders an applicant for compensation under this Part to pay the costs or part of the costs of the person by whom such compensation is payable, such person may deduct the amount of such costs from the amount of such compensation.

(4) For the purpose of this section costs include any fees, charges and expenses of the award.