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The way your office treats our Professionals and Professional body is very disappointing:
Faridabad Branch of NIRC of ICAI writes to the CGST Commissionerate
An excellent representation has been done by Faridabad Branch of NIRC of ICAI to the CGST Commissionerate in view of the recent press release issued by the CGST Commissionerate. Finally, it appears that the professional bodies have united and openly come forward in support of its members. The letter written very clearly and strongly conveys the fact that the Members of Profession are the soft target of the GST Department and Revenge Taking Attitude of GST officers is sure to harm the country.
The copy of the letter is as under:
THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS OF INDIA
(A Statutory body set up by an Act of Parliament)
FARIDABAD BRANCH OF NIRC
The Commissioner CGST,
CGO Complex, NH-IV Block-8,
NIT Faridabad — 121001
Subject: Memorandum of Members and Professionals Grievances
This is with reference to our yesterday’s meeting in your office with a brief of members and professionals’ grievances in discharging their professional duties and assignments connected with the GST office. Following are the particulars of major issues and atrocities faced by our member:-
1. Members of Profession are the soft target of the GST Department
It has been observed that whenever there is any factual or probable incident of tax evasion /forgery etc. Members of our profession are soft target of specified officers of your department merely on basis of absurd funny excuses such as member helped the GST Registration in getting his GST Registration such as just because Professional assisted his Client / GST Registrant in obtaining GST Registration or assisting his client with GST related Consultancy and compliance he himself is responsible for each and every action and conduct of his client. Further specified officers of your office treated our member / Professional alike with that of a culprit Client who is alleged of GST Tax evasion as if such evasion is done and carried by the Professional himself. As a matter of fact it is not correct to assume the Professional in tune with that of Culprit just because he assisted his client within the frameWork of his professional duties.
In a recent incident your office has targeted our member CA Tushar Jain as main Culprit and Entry operator without any substance and fault of him just because he performed his professional duty of assisting his Client in GST Registration and Consultancy.
2. Revenge Taking Attitude of GST officers
It is very disturbing to derive that whenever a Member of Profession raises his grievances in connection with issues faced while dealing with concerned officers in course of discharge of his professional duties than instead of taking any corrective action concerned officers goes offensive and humiliates the members for raising his issues with higher authorities, e.g.
(a) Recently our member Tushar Jain was humiliated and harassed by specified officers of your department without his direct or indirect involvement in anything wrong on his part. Not only abusive language was used for him and Profession but instead of taking any corrective action specified officers of your department raided his office and residence on 30th July, 2021 without any evidence against him with sole intention of giving him a lesson for raising his voice against wrong doing of specified officers. Further same officers who were alleged for humiliating and harassing him carried out such search / raided at his office and residence which is apparently against the Principle of natural Justice and independence.
(b) Vide its Press release dated 31st day of July, 2021, your department has defamed the reputation of our above stated member by stating him as the mastermind of the alleged scam without any substance and evidence.
3. Disgraceful attitude and disrespect for Profession and Professional Issues
Members of Profession are extended arm and backbone of your department assisting the Government in GST related statutory Compliance. However the way your office treats our Professionals and Professional body is very disappointing. Faridabad Branch of NIRC of ICAI has written an Application for a meeting with higher authorities of your Faridabad office on 7th day of July, 2021 with written acknowledgement thereof. However, even after approximately a month since the date of said Application Faridabad branch has not received time from your office till date to apprise the higher authorities with members and Professional grievances.
For Faridabad Branch of NIRC of ICAI
CA Jitender Chawla