Disclosure of assessees information by Income Tax authorities. Director Vigilance Anti-Corruption Bureau Kerala notified u/s 138
The Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Girish Ramchandra Deshpande dated October 3, 2012 had observed that Income Tax Returns was personal information and exempt from disclosure u/s 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act unless it was felt that a larger public interest was served.
Under section 138 delas with disclosure of information regarding assessee by the income tax authorities. As per the said section CBDT is authorised to furnish or cause to be furnished to any specified authority if in the opinion of the Central Government, it is necessary in public interest.
CBDT vide notification 95/2016 dated 19-10-2016 has specified ” Director, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, Kerala” under section 138(1)(a)(ii) for the aforesaid purpose.
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