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Case Name : Vimal Electrical Pvt Ltd Vs Commissioner of Vat & Anr (Delhi High Court)
Appeal Number : W.P.(C) 5384/2023
Date of Judgement/Order : 12.03.2024
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Vimal Electrical Pvt Ltd Vs Commissioner of Vat & Anr (Delhi High Court)

Introduction: The case of Vimal Electrical Pvt Ltd versus the Commissioner of VAT & Anr, heard by the Delhi High Court, pertains to a refund sought under the Delhi Value Added Tax Act (DVAT) for the tax period from January 1, 2017, to March 31, 2017. The petitioner contends that the refund was processed without the inclusion of interest, as mandated by Section 42 of the DVAT Act. This article explores the court’s directive to consider the issue of interest payable on the refund.

Detailed Analysis: The petitioner approached the court seeking a refund for the specified tax period under the DVAT Act. While the refund was sanctioned, it was granted without the inclusion of interest, which raised concerns regarding compliance with Section 42 of the DVAT Act.

In response to the petitioner’s plea, the Delhi High Court directed the respondents to review the matter and determine whether interest is payable on the refund as per the provisions of Section 42 of the DVAT Act. The court emphasized the importance of complying with statutory requirements and ensuring that taxpayers are rightfully compensated for any delays in the processing of refunds.

The directive issued by the court mandates that if interest is indeed payable on the refund, the respondents are obligated to ensure its prompt payment to the petitioner within a stipulated period of four weeks. However, if the department determines that interest is not payable, it must provide a detailed and reasoned explanation for its decision in a speaking order communicated to the petitioner within the same timeframe.

Furthermore, the court granted the petitioner the liberty to pursue further legal remedies if dissatisfied with the decision rendered by the department.

Conclusion: The judgment delivered by the Delhi High Court in the case of Vimal Electrical Pvt Ltd underscores the significance of adhering to statutory provisions, particularly concerning the payment of interest on refunds under the DVAT Act. By directing the consideration of interest payable on the refund and mandating timely action by the respondents, the court ensures that taxpayers are afforded their rightful entitlements in accordance with the law. This ruling serves to uphold transparency, fairness, and accountability in the administration of tax refunds, thereby fostering trust and confidence in the legal system.

FULL TEXT OF THE JUDGMENT/ORDER OF DELHI HIGH COURT

1. Petitioner seeks refund for the tax period 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017. Learned counsel for the respondents submits that the refund has been processed and sanctioned in favour of the petitioner though without interest.

2. In view of the above, this petition is disposed of directing the respondents to also pass an order considering the payment of interest in terms of section 42 of the Delhi Value Added Tax Act, 2004. In case interest is payable, the same be also paid to the petitioner within a period of four weeks. However, in case the department is of the view that interest is not payable, a speaking order be passed and communicated to the petitioner within the said period of four weeks.

3. It will be open to the petitioner to avail of further remedies as may be permissible in law, if aggrieved by the said order.

4. Petition is disposed of in the above terms.

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