According to Section 158 of Central Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha :

  1. All particulars contained in any statement made, return furnished or accounts or documents produced in accordance with this Act, or in any record of evidence given in the course of any proceedings under this Act (other than proceedings before a criminal court), or in any record of any proceedings under this Act shall, save as provided in sub-section (3),
    not be disclosed.
  2. Notwithstanding anything contained in the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, no court shall, save as otherwise provided in sub-section (3), require any officer appointed or authorised under this Act to produce before it or to give evidence before it in respect of particulars referred to in sub-section (1).
  3. Nothing contained in this section shall apply to the disclosure of,––
    1. any particulars in respect of any statement, return, accounts, documents, evidence, affidavit or deposition, for the purpose of any prosecution under the Indian Penal Code or the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, or any other law for the time being in force; or
    2. any particulars to the Central Government or the State Government or to any person acting in the implementation of this Act, for the purposes of carrying out the objects of this Act; or
    3. any particulars when such disclosure is occasioned by the lawful exercise under this Act of any process for the service of any notice or recovery of any demand; or
    4. any particulars to a civil court in any suit or proceedings, to which the Government or any authority under this Act is a party, which relates to any matter arising out of any proceedings under this Act or under any other law for the time being in force authorising any such authority to exercise any powers thereunder; or
    5. any particulars to any officer appointed for the purpose of audit of tax receipts or refunds of the tax imposed by this Act; or
    6. any particulars where such particulars are relevant for the purposes of any inquiry into the conduct of any officer appointed or authorised under this Act, to any person or persons appointed as an inquiry officer under any law for the time being in force; or
    7. any such particulars to an officer of the Central Government or of any State Government, as may be necessary for the purpose of enabling that Government to levy or realise any tax or duty; or
    8. any particulars when such disclosure is occasioned by the lawful exercise by a public servant or any other statutory authority, of his or its powers under any law for the time being in force; or
    9. (i) any particulars relevant to any inquiry into a charge of misconduct in connection with any proceedings under this Act against a practising advocate, a tax practitioner, a practising cost accountant, a practising chartered accountant, a practising company secretary to the authority empowered to take disciplinary action against the
      members practising the profession of a legal practitioner, a cost accountant, a chartered accountant or a company secretary, as the case may be; or
    10. any particulars to any agency appointed for the purposes of data entry on any automated system or for the purpose of operating, upgrading or maintaining any automated system where such agency is contractually bound not to use or disclose such particulars except for the aforesaid purposes; or
    11. any particulars to an officer of the Government as may be necessary for the purposes of any other law for the time being in force; or
    12. any information relating to any class of taxable persons or class of transactions for publication, if, in the opinion of the Commissioner, it is desirable in the public interest, to publish such information.
  1. GST Acts and Rules
  2. CGST Act - Central Goods and Services Tax Act
  3. Chapter XXI CGST Miscellaneous (Section 143 to 174)

    Section 143 CGST - Job work procedure

    Section 144 CGST - Presumption as to documents in certain cases

    Section 145 CGST - Admissibility of micro films, facsimile copies and computer printouts as evidence

    Section 146 CGST - Common Portal

    Section 147 CGST - Deemed exports

    Section 148 CGST - Special procedure for certain processes

    Section 149 CGST - Goods and services tax compliance rating

    Section 150 CGST - Obligation to furnish information return

    Section 151 CGST - Power to collect statistics

    Section 152 CGST - Bar on disclosure of information

    Section 153 CGST - Taking assistance from an expert

    Section 154 CGST - Power to take samples

    Section 155 CGST - Burden of proof

    Section 156 CGST - Persons deemed to be public servants

    Section 157 CGST - Protection of action taken under this Act

    Section 158 CGST - Disclosure of information by a public servant You are here

    Section 159 CGST - Publication of information in respect of persons in certain cases

    Section 160 CGST - Assessment proceedings, etc., not to be invalid on certain grounds

    Section 161 CGST - Rectification of errors apparent on the face of record

    Section 162 CGST - Bar on jurisdiction of civil courts

    Section 163 CGST - Levy of fee

    Section 165 CGST - Power to make regulations

    Section 166 CGST - Laying of rules, regulations and notifications

    Section 167 CGST - Delegation of powers

    Section 168 CGST - Power to issue instructions or directions

    Section 169 CGST - Service of notice in certain circumstances

    Section 170 CGST - Service of notice in certain circumstances

    Section 171 CGST - Anti-profiteering measure

    Section 172 CGST - Removal of difficulties

    Section 173 CGST - Amendment of Act 32 of 1994

    Section 174 CGST - Repeal and saving

    Section 164 CGST - Power of Government to make rules

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Chapter XXI CGST Miscellaneous (Section 143 to 174)

Section 143 CGST - Job work procedure

Section 144 CGST - Presumption as to documents in certain cases

Section 145 CGST - Admissibility of micro films, facsimile copies and computer printouts as evidence

Section 146 CGST - Common Portal

Section 147 CGST - Deemed exports

Section 148 CGST - Special procedure for certain processes

Section 149 CGST - Goods and services tax compliance rating

Section 150 CGST - Obligation to furnish information return

Section 151 CGST - Power to collect statistics

Section 152 CGST - Bar on disclosure of information

Section 153 CGST - Taking assistance from an expert

Section 154 CGST - Power to take samples

Section 155 CGST - Burden of proof

Section 156 CGST - Persons deemed to be public servants

Section 157 CGST - Protection of action taken under this Act

Section 158 CGST - Disclosure of information by a public servant You are here

Section 159 CGST - Publication of information in respect of persons in certain cases

Section 160 CGST - Assessment proceedings, etc., not to be invalid on certain grounds

Section 161 CGST - Rectification of errors apparent on the face of record

Section 162 CGST - Bar on jurisdiction of civil courts

Section 163 CGST - Levy of fee

Section 165 CGST - Power to make regulations

Section 166 CGST - Laying of rules, regulations and notifications

Section 167 CGST - Delegation of powers

Section 168 CGST - Power to issue instructions or directions

Section 169 CGST - Service of notice in certain circumstances

Section 170 CGST - Service of notice in certain circumstances

Section 171 CGST - Anti-profiteering measure

Section 172 CGST - Removal of difficulties

Section 173 CGST - Amendment of Act 32 of 1994

Section 174 CGST - Repeal and saving

Section 164 CGST - Power of Government to make rules

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