Delhi Sales Tax, 1975
64. Setting upof check-post and barriers
(1) the 3[Lieutenant Governer] may , by notification in the Official Gazette, setup check-posts or barriers, or both, at any place in Delhi with a view to preventing evasion of tax and other dues payable under this Act.
(2) The owner or person in charge of a goods vehicle shall carry with him a goods vehicles record, a trip sheet or a log book, as the case may be and a bill of sale or delivery note containing such particulars as may be prescribed in respect of the goods vehicle and produce the same before any officer in charge of check post or barrier or any other officer as may be empowered by the 4[Lieutenant Governer] in this behalf.
(3) The owner or person in charge of goods vehicle entering or leaving Delhi shall also file a declaration containing such particulars in the prescribed form obtainable from the prescribed authority and in such manner as may be prescribed, before the officer incharge of a check-post or barrier or before the other officer empowered as aforesaid:
PROVIDED that where the owner or person in charge of a goods vehicle after filing a declaration at the time of entering Delhi that the goods are meant to be carried toa place outside Delhi, fails, without reasonable cause, to carry such goods outside Delhi within the prescribed period, he shall, in addition to the payment of tax, if any, be liable to a penalty not exceeding two and a half times the tax that would have been payable had the goods been sold inside Delhi or one thousand rupees, whichever is more.
(4) At every check-post or barrier, or at any other place when so required by an officer empowered by the 5[Lieutenant Governor] in this behalf, the driver or any other person in charge of a goods vehicle shall stop the vehicle and keep it stationary so long as may be required by the officer in charge of the check-post or barrier or the officer empowered as aforesaid to search the goods vehicle or part thereof, examine the contents therein and inspect all records relating to the goods carried, which are in the possession of such driver or other person in charge, who shall, if so required, give his name and address and, the name and address or the owner of the vehicle as well as those of the consignor and consignee of the goods.
6[(5) If on an examination of the contents in a goods vehicle or the inspection of records relating to the goods carried, any officer empowered by the lieutenant Governer in this behalf has reason to believe that the owner or person in charge of such goods vehicle is not carrying the documents as required by sub-section (2) or is not carrying proper and genuine documents or is attempting to evade payment of the tax under this Act, he may, for reasons to be recorded in writing and after hearing the owner or person in charge of goods vehicle, detain the goods or impound the goods vehicle along with the goods and documents relating to the goods and the goods vehicle:
PROVIDED that the goods vehicle, the goods or the documents so impounded or detained may be alllowed to be released in case the owner or his agent or the person in charge of the goods vehicle requests for the time to adduce further evidence in respect of goods ordered to be detained or impounded subject to furnishing of security to the satisfaction of such officer in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed for an amount of tax payable, if such goods were sold in Delhi:
PROVIDED FURTHER that where the owner or his agent or person in charge of the goods vehicle exercises the option of paying by way of penalty a sum equal to three and a half times the tax, which in the opinion of the officer so empowered, would be leviable on such goods, if such goods were sold in Delhi, the officer empowered in this behalf instead of detaining or impounding the goods vehicles shall release the same.
(5A) Where the goods are being carried without the documents or without proper and genuine documents or without being properly accounted for in the documents referred to in sub-section (2) of this section, the Commissioner or the officer so empowered by the lieutenant Governer in this behalf, may levy a penalty not exceeding three and a half times the amount of tax payable on such goods after giving reasonable opportunity of being heared to the person likely to be effected, against the proposed penalty.
(5B) An officer empowered by the lieutenant Governer in this behalf to act under sub-section (5), may, in this discretion, permit the owner or person in charge of goods detained under sub-section (5) subject to an undertaking given by the owner or person incharge of goods vehicle-
(i) that the goods shall be kept in the office, godown or other place within Delhi, belonging to the owner of the goods vehicle and in the custody of such owner,
(ii) that the goods shall not be delivered to the consignor, consignee or any other person without orders in writing of the said officer, and for this purpose the person in charge of the goods vehicle shall furnish an authorization from the owner of the goods vehicle authorizing him to give such undertaking on his behalf.]
(6) Where the security required to be furnished under sub-section (5) is not furnished within the prescribed period such goods shall be disposed of in such manner and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed.
Explanation:- For the purposes of this section, “goods vehicle” shall include a motor vehicle, vessel, boat, animal, and any other form of conveyance.