Case Law Details

Case Name : Principal commissioner of central tax Vs Pymen Cable (India)
Appeal Number : CEAC 13/2018, CM Appl. 15130/2018
Date of Judgement/Order : 13/11/2018
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Courts : All High Courts (5044) Delhi High Court (1440)

Principal Commissioner of Central Tax Vs Pymen Cable (India) (Delhi High Court)

Tribunal/CESTAT is utterly unjustified in rejecting the appeal before it on a hyper-technical ground i.e. an apparent defect in the appeal format. Ordinarily a judicial tribunal – like CESTAT is expected to permit rectification of such an obvious error; that it instead chose to dismiss the appeal altogether is shocking to say the least.

We have heard counsel for the parties and are of the opinion that the Tribunal/CESTAT is utterly unjustified in rejecting the appeal before it on a hyper-technical ground i.e. an apparent defect in the appeal format. The bare reading of the order would show that the Committee of Commissioners have permitted an appeal against the respondent/assessee for disputed duty to the extent of Rs. 28,07,089/-. However, an inadvertent mistake was committed in the appeal format with respect to the amount which was mentioned as Rs. 36,88,077. Ordinarily a judicial tribunal – like CESTAT is expected to permit rectification of such an obvious error; that it instead chose to dismiss the appeal altogether is shocking to say the least.

Having regard to the circumstances, the impugned order and the order of rectification are hereby set aside. The appeal against the respondent- Pymen Cable India Ltd. is hereby restored to its original place on the file. The CESTAT shall proceed to hear and dispose it of in accordance with law.

The parties shall appear before the Tribunal/CESTAT on 07.01.2019.

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