Section 134 of CGST Act 2017: Cognizance of Offences

Provisions under Section 134 of the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Act, 2017 relating to “Cognizance of Offences”, are as under:

Section 134 of CGST Act 2017: Cognizance of Offences (CHAPTER XIX – OFFENCES AND PENALTIES)

No court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Act or the rules made thereunder except with the previous sanction of the Commissioner, and no court inferior to that of a Magistrate of the First Class, shall try any such offence.

Amendments History:

1. CBEC notifies 1st July 2017 as the Commencement date for Section 134 of the CGST Act 2017, vide Notification 9/2017 Central Tax.

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Govt. has notified the CGST Act, 2017 on 12th April, 2017, which has subsequently been amended through the CGST (Extension to J&K) Act 2017, Finance Act 2018, CGST Amendment Act 2018, Finance (No. 2) Act 2019, Finance Act 2020, Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance 2020. Further, CBEC/ CBIC has also issued various Notifications from time to time, relating to the commencement date of various Sections/ Provisions in the respective CGST/ Amendment Acts, wherever required.

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