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Section 37B – The Wealth-Tax Act, 1957

The Wealth-Tax Act, 1957

 

 

37B. Power to requisition books of account etc :-

 

1[37B. Power to requisition books of account etc :- (1) Where the 2[Director-General or Director] or the 3[Chief Commissioner or Commissioner], in consequence of information in his possession, has reason to believe that—

(a) any person to whom a notice under sub-section (4) of section 16 or a summons under section 37 was issued to produce, or cause to be produced, any books of account or other documents has omitted or failed to produce, or cause to be produced, such books of account or other documents as required by such notice or summons and the said books of account or other documents have been taken into custody by any officer or authority under any other law for the time being in force, or

 

(b) any books of account or other documents will be useful for, or relevant to, any proceeding under this Act and any person to whom a notice or summons as aforesaid has been or might be issued will not, or would not, produce or cause to be produced such books of account or other documents on the return of such books of account or other documents by any officer or authority by whom or which such books of account or other documents have been taken into custody under any other law for the time being in force, or

 

(c) 4[any assets] disproportionate to the known assets of any person, particulars of which will be useful for, or relevant to, any proceeding under this Act, have been taken into custody by any officer or authority, under any other law for the time being in force, from the possession of such person,

 

then, the 5[Director-General or Director] or the 6[Chief Commissioner or Commissioner] may authorise any 7[Joint Director], 8[Joint Commissioner],9[Assistant Director or Deputy Director] 10[, Assistant Commissioner or Income-tax Officer] (hereafter in this section referred to as the requisitioning officer) to require such officer or authority 11 [to deliver such books of account other documents, or assets to the requisitioning officer].

 

(2) On a requisition being made under sub-section (1) 12[the officer or authority referred to in clause (a) or clause (b) or clause (c) as the case may be, of that sub-section shall deliver the books of account, other documents, or assets to the requisitioning officer either forthwith or when such officer or authority is of the opinion that it is no longer necessary to retain the same in his or its custody].

 

13[(3) Where any books of account, other documents or assets have been delivered to the requisitioning officer, the provisions of sub-sections (5) to (12) (both inclusive) of section 37A and section 37C shall so far as may be, apply as if such books of account, other documents, or assets had been seized under sub-section (1) of section 37A by the requistioning officer from the custody of the person referred to in clause (a) clause (b) or clause (c) of sub-section (1) of this section and as if for the words “the authorised officer” occurring in sub-sections (5) to (12) aforesaid, the words “the requisitioning officer” were substituted.]]

 

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1. Sections 37A and 37B subs. by Act 41 of 1975, sec. 102, for section 37A (w.e.f. 1-10-1975).

 

2. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 127, for “Director of Inspection” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).

 

3. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 127, for “Commissioner” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).

 

4. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 155(a)(i), for “any articles or things including money” (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

5. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 127, for “Director of Inspection” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).

 

6. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 127, for “Commissioner” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).

 

7. Subs. by Act 21 of 1998, sec. 60, for “Deputy Director” (w.e.f. 1-10-1998). Earlier the words “Deputy Director” were substituted by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 127, for the words “Deputy Director of Inspection” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).

 

8. Subs. by Act 21 of 1998, sec. 60, for “Deputy Commissioner” (w.e.f. 1-10-1998). Earlier the words “Deputy Commissioner” were substituted by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 127, for the words “Inspecting Assistant Commissioner” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).

 

9. Subs. by 21 of 1998, sec. 66, for “Deputy Director” (w.e.f. 1-10-1998). Earlier the words “Deputy Director” were substituted by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 127, for the words “Deputy Director of Inspection” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).

 

10. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 155(a)(ii), for “or Wealth-tax Officer” (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

11. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 155(a)(iii), for clauses (i) and (ii) (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

12. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 155(b), for clauses (i) and (ii) (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

13. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 155(c), for sub-section (3) (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

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