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Case Name : Commissioner of Service Tax, Ahmedabad Vs Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Gujarat High court)
Appeal Number : Tax Appeal No. 2172 OF 2010
Date of Judgement/Order : 24/11/2012
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HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT

Commissioner of Service Tax, Ahmedabad

Versus

Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

TAX APPEAL NO. 2172 OF 2010

NOVEMBER 24, 2011

ORDER

Sonia Gokani, J. 

Being aggrieved by the order of CST v. Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd. [2010] 26 STT 448 (CESTAT – Ahd.) the present appellant has preferred an appeal u/s. 35G of Central Excise Act, 1944 (“hereinafter referred to as Act”) proposing the following questions of law :

 1.  Whether the Tribunal committed error in interpreting the provisions of Section 37 about binding effect of Circular issued by C.B.E. & C. for availing benefit of exemption notification ?

 2.  Whether Tribunal committed error in coming to the conclusion that conditions imposed by a Circular for availing exemption is mandatory ?

 3.  Whether the CESTAT, WZB, Ahmedabad is justified in considering the ‘general declarations’ given by the GTA (which are not on consignment notes) and confirming the view of Commissioner, Service Tax, Ahmedabad regarding dropping the demand of Service Tax under Section 73(1) of the Finance Act, 1994 for the period from 27-7-2005 to March, 2007 based on these ‘general declarations’ given by the GTA (which are not on consignment notes) ?

 4.  Whether the CESTAT, WZB, Ahmedabad was justified in rejection of departmental appeal and confirming the Order-in-Original passed by the Commissioner, Service Tax, Ahmedabad who had not charged interest and imposed penalty thereupon as prescribed in Section 75 and Section 76/78 respectively of the Finance Act, 1994 on the demand for the above referred period ?

2. Heard learned counsel Mr. Y.N. Ravani and with his assistance closely examined the documents placed before this Court.

3. Respondent is engaged in manufacture of P&P medicaments and is also engaged in providing taxable service under the category of ‘Technical Inspection & Certification Service’ and in the capacity of service receiver, the respondents was liable to pay the service tax on ‘Goods Transport Service’. Tribunal considered the Notification No. 32/2004-S.T., dated 3-12-2004 which provided for abatement of 75% of the gross amount charged from the customer for the purpose of calculating the liability of service tax subject to the condition that the no CENVAT Credit had been availed and benefit of Notification No. 12/2003-S.T., dated 20-6-2003 also had not been availed.

4. Tribunal also held that the requirements prescribed by the Board’s Circular was not mandatory and it was working out modality for implementing provisions of law for denial of substantive rights, use of the same cannot be made. Tribunal has dealt with this issue as follows :

“The respondents are paying the service tax as per the reverse charge mechanism and the relevant notification whereby the service receiver is liable to pay the tax. The question to be decided is that how exactly it should be determined as to whether the conditions are fulfilled. The Board had clarified that the endorsement has to be made on the consignment note. Further, we have to take note of the fact that the notification, as such, does not stipulate any such condition. Notification requiring the receiver of the service to pay the tax also does not stipulate any such condition. Therefore, the requirements prescribed by the Board as per circular cannot be mandatory and cannot be used for denying substantive rights. It is not the case of the Revenue that the appellants have not received the service or service tax has not been paid. Therefore, we find that the Commissioner’s order is just and fair and does not require any interference. Further, as rightly pointed out in the absence of an appeal against the Tribunal’s order, remanding the matter for verification of evidence, that order becomes final and Revenue cannot challenge the impugned order, ignoring the remand order.”

5. Similar such issue had arisen for our consideration in Tax Appeal No. 523 of 2010. The said Tax Appeal has been dismissed in the following manner :

“Department is in appeal against the judgment of Customs, Excise & Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (‘Tribunal’ for short), dated 6-8-2009 by which appeal of the department came to be dismissed. The issue pertains to filing of general declaration instead of consignment-wise declaration by assessee declaring that cenvat credit is not available. Against the decision of the competent authority dated 7-1-2009, the Commissioner (Appeals) allowed the appeal of the assessee holding that assessee is eligible to claim the benefit of exemption on the ground that procedure was substantially complied with as provided in Notification dated 3-12-2004.

The Tribunal concurred with the view of the Commissioner (Appeals) and dismissed the revenue’s appeal relying on the previous decision of the Tribunal reported in 2008 (10) S.T.R. 201.

Counsel for the petitioner candidly stated that above decision of the Tribunal was not challenged. In addition to above, we also perused the reasoning of the Commissioner (Appeals) as well as the Tribunal in the impugned orders. Issues are purely questions of fact and no substantial questions of law are arising.

The appeal, therefore, stands dismissed.”

6. Having considered identical questions proposed earlier for consideration, the same were not entertained and therefore in the present Tax Appeal preferred by the Revenue. With no other and further materials having came on record, adjudication and conclusion cannot be different than as was done earlier, this Tax Appeal also requires dismissal and accordingly is disposed of.

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