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Report No. 166

17. Information to competent authority.-

Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, the competent authority shall have power to require any officer or authority of the Central Government or a State Government or a local authority or a Bank, a company, a firm or any other institution, establishment, organisation or any individual to furnish information relation to such persons, points or matters as in the opinion of the competent authority will be useful for, or relevant to, the purposes of this Act. Failure to furnish the information so called for or furnishing false information shall be punishable with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years and fine.

(2) Notwithstanding, anything contained in the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, the offence under sub-section (1) shall be tried as a summary case and the procedure prescribed in Chapter XXI of the said Code [except sub-section (2) of section 262] shall be applicable thereto.

(3) Any officer of the Income-tax Department, the Customs Department or the Central Excise Department or any officer of enforcement appointed under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1973, may furnish suo moto any information available with him to the competent authority if in the opinion of the officer such information will be useful to the competent authority for the purposes of this Act.

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