After section 46 of the principal Regulation, the following section shall be inserted, namely :-
"46A. Provisional attachment to protect revenue in certain cases:- (1) Where, during the course of inquiry of any proceeding (including any proceeding for recovery of any amount due in respect of any person or dealer) or during any inspection or search in relation to the business of any person or dealer under this Regulation, the Commissioner is of the opinion that for the purpose of protecting the interest of the revenue it is necessary so to do, he may, notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force or a contract to the countary, by order in writing, attach provisionally any property movable or immovable, belonging to such person or dealer, as the case may be.
(2) Every such provisional attachment shall cease to have effect after the expiry of a period of six months from the date of the order made under sub-
section (1) :
Provided that the Commissioner may, for reasons to be recorded in writing, extend the aforesaid period by such further period or periods as he thinks fit, so, however, that the total period of extension shall not in any case exceed two years :
Provided further that the Commissioner may, by order in writing, revoke such order, if the person or the dealer furnishes to the Commissioner, a Bank Guarantee within such time, for such period as may be specified by the Commissioner in this behalf :
Provided also that the power under this section shall be exercised by the Commissioner himself or by the Additional Commissioner to whom the Commissioner has delegated such power."
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