Case Law Details

Case Name : Shajahan A.M. Vs Assistant State Tax Office (Kerala High Court)
Appeal Number : WP (C) No. 807 of 2020
Date of Judgement/Order : 29/01/2020
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Courts : All High Courts (5574) Kerala High Court (301)

Shajahan A.M. Vs Assistant State Tax Office (Kerala High Court)

After having heard both sides and after careful evaluation of the facts and circumstances of the case, it is ordered that the detained goods and vehicles involved in these two cases as per the impugned proceedings shall be immediately released to the petitioner on his furnishing Bank Guarantee for the respective values shown in the impugned Exts. P-2 & P-2(a) in WP(C).No.807/2020 and in Ext.P-1 in WP(C).No.1289/2020.

FULL TEXT OF THE HIGH COURT ORDER /JUDGEMENT

As the petitioner in these two cases is the same person, and as the issues raised in these cases are also similar, these cases are disposed of on the basis of this common judgment.

The prayers in WP(C).No.807/2020 are as follows:

“i. To issue a writ in the nature of certiorari or any other appropriate writ or order quashing Exhibit P1 & P1A and Ext.P2 & P2A notices issued by the first respondent herein, by demanding to remit disputed CGST, SGST and Penalty from the petitioner as illegal, arbitrary and without any jurisdiction, or pass such further or other orders as may deem fit and proper in the circumstances of this case, and render justice;

ii. To issue a writ in the nature of mandamus or any other appropriate writ, direction or order directing the 1st respondent to release the vehicle with goods without insisting for the payment of amount demanded therein;

iii. To pass such other orders as this Hon’ble Court may deem justified in the facts and circumstances of the case; AND

iv. To award the cost of this proceedings to the petitioner.”

The prayers in WP(C).No.1289/2020 are as follows:

“i. To issue a writ in the nature of certiorari or any other appropriate writ or order quashing Exhibit P1 and Ext.P2 notices issued by the first respondent herein, by demanding to remit disputed CGST, SGST and Penalty from the petitioner as illegal, arbitrary and without any jurisdiction, or pass such further or other orders as may deem fit and proper in the circumstances of this case, and render justice;

ii. To issue a writ in the nature of mandamus or any other appropriate writ, direction or order directing the 1st respondent to release the vehicle with goods without insisting for the payment of amount demanded therein;

iii. To pass such other orders as this Hon’ble Court may deem justified in the facts and circumstances of the case; AND

iv. To award the cost of this proceedings to the petitioner.”

2. Heard Sri. P. N. Damodaran Namboodiri, learned counsel appearing for the petitioner in these two cases and Smt. M. M.Jasmine, learned Government Pleader appearing for the respondents.

3. After having heard both sides and after careful evaluation of the facts and circumstances of the case, it is ordered that the detained goods and vehicles involved in these two cases as per the impugned proceedings shall be immediately released to the petitioner on his furnishing Bank Guarantee for the respective values shown in the impugned Exts. P-2 & P-2(a) in WP(C).No.807/2020 and in Ext.P-1 in WP(C).No.1289/2020.

4. However, the 2nd respondent adjudication officer will ensure that the further proceedings pursuant thereto, be adjudicated and finalised after affording reasonable opportunity of being heard to the petitioner without much delay, preferably within a period of 3 to 4 weeks from the date of production of a certified copy of this judgment. While doing so, the 2nd respondent will specifically consider and advert to the plea made by the petitioner that, the above said transaction is effected by the 1st transaction entered into by the petitioner, and that he was not having thorough knowledge relating to the fine tuned aspects emanated from the Goods and Service Taxes Act and the Rules framed thereunder, and that a sympathetic consideration may be made in this case.

5. Further, the 2nd respondent should also consider the specific plea made by the petitioner that, even otherwise the maximum tax that could be imposed in a case like this could be 12% and not at the rate of 28% as has been ordered in the impugned proceedings, in view of the prescriptions made in Ext.P-5 notification dated 25.1.2018 in WP(C).No.807/2020, and Ext.P-6 notification dated 25.1.2018 in WP(C).No.1289/2020, and in that regard the petitioner would raise a specific plea that, it is admitted by none other than the 1st respondent in the impugned proceedings that the detained motor cycles are used vehicles and not brand new vehicles, as can be seen from Exts.P-2 & P-2(a) in WP(C).No.807/2020 (given on pages 15 to 18 thereof) and also in Ext.P-1 in WP(C).No.1289/2020 (given on pages 9 & 10 thereof) and therefore the tax imposable could be only at the rate of 12% as per the above notification dated 25.1.2018, etc.

6. The said plea of the petitioner should be duly adverted to and considered by the 2nd respondent while passing orders for the finalization of abovesaid proceedings.

With these observations and directions, both the above Writ Petition (Civil) will stand disposed of.

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