(1) A public company may give notice under this section to any person whom the company knows or has reasonable cause to believe—
(a) to be interested in the company's shares, or
(b) to have been so interested at any time during the three years immediately preceding the date on which the notice is issued.
(2) The notice may require the person—
(a) to confirm that fact or (as the case may be) to state whether or not it is the case, and
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