Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise & Customs
New Delhi, 2nd September, 2016
All the Principal. Chief Commissioners / Chief Commissioners of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax
Sub: – Reduction of Government litigation – withdrawal of appeals by the Department before CESTAT/HC – regarding
I am directed to invite your kind attention towards Board’s instructions dated 17.12.2015 & 18.12.2015 regarding the withdrawal of cases and Member (L&J)’s D.O. letter dated 06.06.2016 & U.O. Note dated 01.07.2016 informing that in all such identified cases, applications for withdrawal should invariably be filed by 15.06.2016.
As already informed, All the cases identified for withdrawal were to be withdrawn by 15th July, 2016 as per the timeline given by the Revenue Secretary. However, after reviewing the reports of the zones, it is noticed that such cases in respect of most of the zones have still not been withdrawn by the various High Courts and Tribunals.
In this regard, I am directed to inform. you that the latest position in respect of the number of cases withdrawn for your zone is required for forthcoming Revenue Secretary’s meeting with the entire Board by 5th September positively. In case of non-withdrawal of the cases, detailed reasons may kindly be furnished by the respective zones.
Joint Secretary ( Review)