GST - Calcutta High Court: As the Petitioner has not deliberately filed the Appeal beyond the condonable period (3 months plus 30 days), hence delay in filing appeal is condoned and directed Appellate authority to consider the appeal – Writ Petition allowed [Order attached]
KAJAL DUTTA. VERSUS ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF STATE TAX, SURI CHARGE & ORS.
Order date - 20 January 2023
Key Pointers -
- The Petitioner, KAJAL DUTTA, challenged the correctness of the order passed by the Senior Joint Commissioner of Commercial Taxes, Durgapur Circle dated 17th August, 2022, who is the appellate authority under the provisions of the GST Act, 2017 read with the GST Rules. The appeal had been dismissed on the ground of limitation.
- The appellate authority was of the opinion that the period of one month beyond the statutory period of limitation is available to the said authority, which expired on 30th June, 2022 and the appeal was presented only on 17th August, 2022 and therefore, the appeal is barred by the law of limitation.
- The Court observed that in terms of Section 107(1) read with Section 107(4) of the G.S.T. Act, the time limit for preferring the appeal beyond the period of three months is 30 days, which is a grace period. However, the statute does not state that beyond the said date, the appellate authority cannot exercise jurisdiction.
- while exercising jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution this Court can examine the factual circumstances and grant appropriate relief as the appellate remedy is a very valuable remedy since the appellate authority can re-appreciate the factual position. Thus, for suchreason, we are inclined to exercise discretion.
- In the result, the appeal is allowed, the order passed in the writ petition is set aside.
- When the appeal was presented, the mandatory pre-deposit of 10% of the disputed tax has been complied with by the appellant. If that be so, no coercive action should be taken against the appellant till the appeal is heard and disposed of.