What is Disclosure of particulars by public servants? What is Special Courts? Section 280 and 280A of Income Tax Act 1961

Disclosure of particulars by public servants and Special Courts are defined under section 280 and 280A of Income Tax Act 1961. Provisions under these Sections are:

Section 280 of Income Tax Act "Disclosure of particulars by public servants"

Section 280. (1) If a public servant furnishes any information or produces any document in contravention of the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 138, he shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to six months, and shall also be liable to fine.

(2) No prosecution shall be instituted under this section except with the previous sanction of the Central Government.


Section 280A of Income Tax Act "Special Courts"

Section 280A. (1) The Central Government, in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court, may, for trial of offences punishable under this Chapter, by notification, designate one or more courts of Magistrate of the first class as Special Court for such area or areas or for such cases or class or group of cases as may be specified in the notification.

Explanation.- In this sub-section, "High Court" means the High Court of the State in which a Magistrate of first class designated as Special Court was functioning immediately before such designation.

(2) While trying an offence under this Act, a Special Court shall also try an offence, other than an offence referred to in sub-section (1), with which the accused may, under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), be charged at the same trial.

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