Case Law Details

Case Name : Ritik Arora Vs Union of India (Rajasthan High Court)
Appeal Number : S. B. Criminal Misc. Bail Application No. 5830/2022
Date of Judgement/Order : 25/07/2022
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Ritik Arora Vs Union of India (Rajasthan High Court)

Rajasthan HC directs assessee to appear before GST Authorities and allowed interim protection against arrest

The Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court in Mr. Ritik Arora v. Revenue department [S.B. Criminal Misc. Bail Application No. 5830/2022] directed the assessee to appear before the Revenue department in response to the summon issued under Section 70 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (“the CGST Act”).

Facts:

Mr. Ritik Arora (“the Petitioner”), has received summon under Section 70 of the CGST Act which have already been issued to the Petitioner for so many times by the Revenue Department (“the Respondent”).

The Respondent contended that, the Petitioner has been directed to appear personally, however, the Petitioner did not appear before the Respondent, therefore, there is apprehension of arrest of the Petitioner.

Issue:

Whether the Petitioner shall be arrested if he failed to appear despite service of summons?

Held:

The Hon’ble Calcutta High Court in S. B. Criminal Misc. Bail Application No. 5830/2022, has held under:

  • That the Petitioner is directed to join the enquiry and make himself available before the Respondent on the date given by the Respondent and respond the summon issued under Section 70 of the CGST Act. After appearance of the Petitioner, the Respondent will act as per law.
  • Recently GST Investigation wing has issued detailed guidelines to field officers on issuing summons and provision of arrest and bail under the CGST Act.

FULL TEXT OF THE JUDGMENT/ORDER OF RAJASTHAN HIGH COURT

Heard learned counsel for the parties.

It is an admitted position that summons under Section 70 of the Central Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017 have already been issued to the petitioner for so many times. However, the petitioner did not appear before the concerned authority apprehending his arrest.

In the facts and circumstances of the present case, the petitioner is directed to join the enquiry and make himself available before the competent authority on the date given by the authority concerned and respond to the summon issued under Section 70. After appearance of the petitioner, the concerned authority will act as per law.

List the matter on 22.08.2022, as prayed.

Meanwhile and till next date, the petitioner shall not be arrested in this case (i.e. Complaint No. V(15)273/AE/UDR/2020-21).

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