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Case Name : NG Gadhiya Vs State of Jharkhand & Others (Jharkhand High Court)
Appeal Number : W.P.(T) No. 319 of 2021
Date of Judgement/Order : 25/03/2021
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NG Gadhiya Vs State of Jharkhand & Others (Jharkhand High Court)

Considering the facts and circumstances of the case and in view of the specific provision of sub-Sections 6 & 7 of Section 107 of the JGST Act and in view of the admitted position that the subsequent garnishee notices dated 15.01.2021 covers both the appeals filed by the petitioner, this Court is of the view that on account of pre-deposit which has been made by the petitioner at appellate stage read with the mandate of section 107 (7) of JGST Act, the petitioner deserves an interim protection. The counsel for the State may seek instructions and file response to the affidavit dated 24.03.2021 and also give appropriate explanation for the statement made in the counter-affidavit filed on behalf of respondent No.-2 which prima-facie appears to be incorrect, in view of the affidavit dated 24.03.2021 filed by GSTN.

 Accordingly,  the  operation,  implementation  and  execution  of  the impugned garnishee notice dated 14.12.2020 issued in FORM GST DRC  13 to the petitioner’s banker, namely, Andhra Bank, Branch-Jagatpura, Jaipur, Rajasthan as well as the impugned garnishee notice dated 15.01.2021 issued in FORM GST DRC  13 to third party, namely, M/s. Adani Power (Jharkhand) Ltd. (SEZ Unit) as contained in Annexure-15 of the interlocutory application being I.A. 601/2021 are stayed till the next date.

FULL TEXT OF THE HIGH COURT ORDER /JUDGEMENT

Heard Mr. Hardik Vora, learned counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioner along with Mr. Ranjeet Kushwaha, Advocate.

2. Heard Mr. Ashok Kumar Yadav, learned counsel appearing on behalf of the respondent-State.

3. Heard Mr. P.A.S. Pati, learned counsel appearing on behalf of the respondent-GSTN.

4. The  present  petition  has  been  filed  challenging  the  notice  dated 14.12.2020 issued in FORM GST DRC 13 by respondent No.-2, whereby the petitioner’s banker, namely, Andhra Bank, Branch-Jagatpura, Jaipur, Rajasthan has been directed to pay the GST amounting to Rs. 38,14,026.24 being the dues against the petitioner pursuant to the summary of the order in FORM GST DRC 07 dated 13.10.2020.

As per the writ petition itself, it has been stated that an appeal against the said order was filed on 09.01.2021 with a pre-deposit of amount of Rs. 1,78,222/-. A copy of the provisional acknowledgement for submission of form of appeal has been annexed as Annexure-10 to the main writ petition.

5. During the pendency of the present case, another FORM GST DRC 13 was issued to third party, namely, M/s. Adani Power (Jharkhand) Ltd. (SEZ Unit) dated 15.01.2021 as contained in Annexure-15 for an amount of Rs. 85,65,368.24 and this particular notice was issued inclusive of the amount arising out of summary order dated 13.10.2020. The said notice  has been challenged by way of an interlocutory application being I.A. No. 601/2021.

6. It has also been brought on record, by filing a rejoinder to the counter-affidavit of the respondent no. 2, that another appeal has been filed on 02.03.2021 whose provisional acknowledgement for submission of form of appeal has been annexed as Annexure-R8 series with a pre-deposit of amount of Rs. 02,10,703/-.

7. It has been submitted by the learned counsel for the petitioner that for the entire amount which is covered by the notice of attachment dated 15.01.2021, appeals have been filed and provisional acknowledgements have been issued and the appeals were filed within the stipulated time frame as prescribed under Section 107 of JGST Act. He has referred to the provision of sub-Sections 6 & 7 of Section 107 thereof to submit that once deposit as per sub-section 6 has been made, there is automatic stay of the remaining amount under sub-section 7 of section 107 of JGST Act. The learned counsel has accordingly submitted that in view of the aforesaid provisions of law, garnishee notices which are impugned in the present proceedings may be stayed.

8. The learned counsel further submits that initially in the counter-affidavit filed by the State, it was mentioned that the petitioner had not filed any appeal against the summary of order dated 13.10.2020, but GSTN has filed an affidavit indicating that the said appeal has been filed within the period of limitation on 09.01.2021. The learned counsel submits that accordingly the statement made in the counter-affidavit filed by the State is not correct.

9. Learned counsel for the State, on the other hand, has submitted that the affidavit filed by GSTN is required to be responded and prays for time. He has further submitted that the procedure prescribed under the JGST rules regarding subsequent steps, which were to be taken after filing of the initial appeal, and grant of the provisional receipt of filing of appeal on 09.01.2021, have not been followed and for this affidavit is required to be filed. However, during the course of argument, it is further not in dispute that the appeal filed on 09.01.2021 has not yet been dismissed on account of any non-compliance on the part of the petitioner.

So far as the appeal filed on 02.03.2021 is concerned, the learned counsel for the State has submitted that the same is under consideration and the petitioner has taken time and the matter has been adjourned and admittedly, the required amount as per the provisions of Section 107(6) has been deposited.

10. Considering the aforesaid facts and circumstances of the case and in view of the specific provision of sub-Sections 6 & 7 of Section 107 of the JGST Act and in view of the admitted position that the subsequent garnishee notices dated 15.01.2021 covers both the appeals filed by the petitioner, this Court is of the view that on account of pre-deposit which has been made by the petitioner at appellate stage read with the mandate of section 107(7) of JGST Act, the petitioner deserves an interim protection. The counsel for the State may seek instructions and file response to the affidavit dated 24.03.2021 and also give appropriate explanation for the statement made in the counter-affidavit filed on behalf of respondent No.-2 which prima-facie appears to be incorrect, in view of the affidavit dated 24.03.2021 filed by GSTN.

11. Accordingly,  the  operation,  implementation  and  execution  of  the impugned garnishee notice dated 14.12.2020 issued in FORM GST DRC  13 to the petitioner’s banker, namely, Andhra Bank, Branch-Jagatpura, Jaipur, Rajasthan as well as the impugned garnishee notice dated 15.01.2021 issued in FORM GST DRC  13 to third party, namely, M/s. Adani Power (Jharkhand) Ltd. (SEZ Unit) as contained in Annexure-15 of the interlocutory application being I.A. 601/2021 are stayed till the next date.

12. The learned counsel for the state is allowed time till 15.04.2021 to file supplementary counter-affidavit in response to the affidavit dated 24.03.2021 filed by GSTN.

13. The matter is adjourned and is directed to be posted on 19.04.2021.

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