The Central Goods and Services Act, 2017 (CGST Act)

1Powers of Authority and Appellate Authority

Section 105 - Powers of Authority, Appellate Authority and National Appellate Authority

(1) The Authority or the Appellate Authority 2 or the National Appellate Authority shall, for the purpose of exercising its powers regarding—

(a) discovery and inspection;

(b) enforcing the attendance of any person and examining him on oath;

(c) issuing commissions and compelling production of books of account and other records,

have all the powers of a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.

(2) The Authority or the Appellate Authority 3or the National Appellate Authority shall be deemed to be a civil court for the purposes of section 195, but not for the purposes of Chapter XXVI of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, and every proceeding before the Authority or the Appellate Authority shall be deemed to be a judicial proceedings within the meaning of sections 193 and 228, and for the purpose of section 196 of the Indian Penal Code.

1Substituted in Central Goods and Service Tax, Finance Bill 2019-20.
2Inserted in Central Goods and Service Tax, Finance Bill 2019-20.
3Inserted in Central Goods and Service Tax, Finance Bill 2019-20.