36. Section 51 of the principal Act is amended by deleting subsection (1) and substituting the following subsections:
“(1) An officer or employee of the Postal Authority specially authorised by name in that behalf by the Postal Authority may, in his discretion, compound any offence under this Act which is prescribed as a compoundable offence by collecting from a person reasonably suspected of having committed the offence a sum not exceeding —
half the maximum fine prescribed for that offence,
whichever is the lower.
(1A) On payment of such sum of money, no further proceedings shall be taken against that person in respect of the offence.”.