Disclosure of Information required under Section 75, and failure to furnish Information or Return under that Section
(1) No information of any individual return or part thereof, with respect to any matter given for the purposes of Section 75, shall without the previous consent in writing of the owner or dealer or person concerned for the time being or his authorised agent, be published in such manner as to enable any particulars to be identified as referring to a particular dealer and no such information shall be used for the purpose of any proceedings under the provisions of this Act.
(2) Except for the purposes of prosecution under this Act or any other Act, no person who is not engaged in the collection of statistics under this Act or of compilation or computerization thereof for the purposes of administration of this Act, shall be permitted to see or have access to any information or any individual return referred to in that Section.
(3) If any person required to furnish any information or return under Section 75:
(a) willfully refuses or without lawful excuse neglects to furnish such information or return as may be by that Section be required, or
(b) willfully furnishes or causes to be furnished any information or return which he knows to be incorrect or false.
he shall on conviction be punished with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees and in case of a continuing offence to a further fine which may extend to one hundred rupees for each day after the first day during which the offence continues.
(4) If any person engaged in connection with the collection of statistics under Section 75 or compilations or computerization thereof willfully discloses any information or the contents of any return given or made under that Section, otherwise than in execution of his duties under that Section or for the purposes of the prosecution of an offence under this Act or under any other Act, he shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.
(5) Nothing in this Section will apply to publication of any information relating to a class of dealers or class of transactions, if in the opinion of the Commissioner, it is desirable in the public interest, to publish such information.