26. Compounding of offences.-

(1) Subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, the assessing authority or the officer authorised under section 21 may, either before or after the institution of prosecution, permit any person charged with the offence to compound the offence on payment of such sum, not exceeding double the amount of tax to which the offence relates, as the assessing authority may determine.

(2) On payment of such sum, as may be determined by the assessing authority under sub-section (1), no further proceedings shall be taken against the person in respect of the same offence.