26th December, 2002
Government of India
Ministry of Finance & Company Affairs
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise & Customs
It has come to the notice of the Board that whenever a survey is floated for examining/issuing Notification under Section 11C of Central Excise Act, 1944, divergent practices are being followed in the field formations so far as enforcement of recovery of duty involved in the past cases is concerned.
2. The matter has been examined by the Board. In order to bring about a uniform approach in such cases, it has been decided that whenever a survey is floated for issuing/examining Notification under Section 11C of Central Excise Act, 1944, coercive action should not be taken for recovery of arrears/duties.
3. The field formations may suitably be informed.
4. Receipt of this Circular may please be acknowledged.
5. Hindi version will follow.