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Case Name : Jyoti Commotrade Private Limited Vs State of West Bengal (Calcutta High Court)
Appeal Number : MAT 854 of 2022 with IA No. CAN 1 of 2022
Date of Judgement/Order : 21/06/2022
Related Assessment Year :
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Jyoti Commotrade Private Limited Vs State of West Bengal (Calcutta High Court)

Admittedly, the allegations relate to transactions pertaining to financial year 2017-2018 and accordingly by a notice dated October 22, 2021 the alleged claim of input tax credit to the tune of Rs.71,23,836.66 paisa each under CGST/SGST head had been disallowed. If that is so, the remaining credit which the assessee will be entitled to on account of blocking of the electronic credit ledger is that the entire business activity has come to a standstill. Apart from that when the communication blocking the electronic credit ledger was passed the credit which was available under that head was only Rs.19,00,000/-. In any event if proceedings having been initiated and the assessee has given reply the respondent no.2 shall take the proceeding to the logical conclusion at the earliest. We are informed that the registration of the assessee has been suspended on account of non-filing of the return. In fact, this is a very drastic step taken by the authority, more particularly when the respondent no.2 is yet to issue any show cause notice. Therefore, we are of the view that the following order will protect the interest of the assessee as well as the department of revenue.

Accordingly, the writ petition and the writ appeal along with the application are disposed of by directing the authority to restrict blocking of the electronic ledger credit to the tune of Rs.71,23,836.66 paisa under CGST/SGST head and issue a show cause notice upon the appellant within a period of 10 days from receipt of the server copy of the order and thereafter shall afford a reasonable time to the appellant to submit its reply to the show cause notice, after which the appellant be afforded an opportunity of personal hearing and an order be passed on merits in accordance with law.

FULL TEXT OF THE JUDGMENT/ORDER OF CALCUTTA HIGH COURT

This intra-Court appeal has been filed by the writ petitioner/appellant challenging the order dated 19th May, 2022 by which the learned Single Judge has declined to grant any interim order in favour of the writ petitioner. The appellant is aggrieved by the communication dated October 22, 2021 blocking electronic credit ledger thereby leaving a negative balance of Rs.1,14,30,608/-. According to the appellant, the reasons cited by the respondent authorities for blocking of the electronic credit ledger are absolutely untenable and factually incorrect. On going through the communication received by the assessee on 22.10.2021 it seems that during the period of December 2017 to January 2018 certain claim on account of input tax credit had disallowed on the ground being that the party with whom the assessee had transaction is non-existing at the declared place of business and the registration has been obtained by exercising fraud and willful misstatement/suppression of fact. Therefore, the authority having reason to believe that input tax credit has fraudulently availed and the input tax credit to the tune of Rs.71,23836.66 paisa each under Central Goods and Services Tax/West Bengal Goods and Services Tax head had been blocked. Due to pending finalization of the proceedings regarding blocking of the electronic credit ledger by the respondent No.2 the business activity of the assessee/appellant has come to a stand still.

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