|Where revenue levied interest upon assessee under section 50(1) without assigning reasons, concerned revenue was directed to pass fresh order assigning reasons in accordance with law after affording an opportunity of proper hearing to assessee.
Interest on delayed payments – Chargeability – Revenue levied interest upon assessee under section 50(1) without assigning reasons –
Revenue levied interest upon assessee under section 50(1) on allegation that return was filed belatedly, but did not pay interest on delayed payment of tax.
It is held that: Since order did not assign any reasons whatsoever and prior to passing of order no opportunity of hearing was ever afforded to assessee, there was gross violation of principles of natural justice in passing of said order. Order deserved to be quashed and Concerned Authority was directed to pass a fresh order assigning reasons in accordance with law, after affording opportunity of proper hearing to assessee and also enable to place on record additional material, if so required.
FAVOUR : In assessee’s favour
IN THE PATNA HIGH COURT
SANJAY KAROL CHIEF JUSTICE & ANIL KUMAR UPADHYAY
Gaya Marketing v. State of Bihar
Civil Writ Jurisdiction Case No. 23783 of 2019
14 January, 2020
Petitioners by: Gautam Kumar Kejriwal, Advocate
Respondents by: Vikash Kumar
Chief Justice, J.
Heard learned counsel for the petitioner and learned counsel for the respondents.
Petitioner has prayed for the following relief :–
“(a) For issuance of a writ in the nature of certiorari for quashing of the Order, dated 26-9-2018 passed by the respondent no. 3 being illegal and without jurisdiction in terms of section 39, 46, 47 and 50 of the Bihar Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017 (hereinafter referred to as the Act for short);
(b) For issuance of a writ in the nature of certiorari for quashing of the notice of demand in form DRC-07, dated 3-10-2018 under the act issued by the respondent number 3 in consequence of the impugned order of interest;
(c) For holding and a declaration that the impugned order and the consequential notice of demand issued upon the petitioner suffers from violation of the principles of natural justice and also violative of the statutory provision of section 46 of the Act whereby and in light of which the respondent no. 3 was obliged to issue a notice upon the petitioner in form GSTR-3A seeking filing of the returns within a period of 15 days and it is upon failure of the petitioner in terms of such notice that any action could have been taken under the provisions of the act if so applied;
(d) For further holding and a declaration that no liability of interest under section 50 of the Act could be attracted in the case of the petitioner when there is no tax liability at all is due (neither admitted tax nor any demand of tax is due) for the period in question that is the month of September 2017 till the month of June 2018 and as such the entire action of respondent no. 3 suffers from jurisdictional error.
(e) For grant of any other relief or reliefs to which the petitioner is found entitled in the facts and circumstances of this case.”
The impugned order, in toto, is reproduced herein under :–
Petitioner assails the impugned order on the ground of violation of principles of natural justice.
We find the order to be not assigning any reasons whatsoever. Also, we notice that prior to passing of the impugned order, no opportunity of hearing was ever afforded to the writ-petitioner. As such, there was gross violation of principles of natural justice in passing of the impugned order, which is hereby quashed with the following directions :–
(a) Petitioner shall appear before the appropriate authority on 28-1-2020, whereafter the proceedings shall commence afresh, affording opportunity of proper hearing to the petitioner, also enabe to place on record additional material, if so required/desired and only thereafter the officer shall pass a fresh order assigning reason, in accordance with law.
(b) Needless to add that the officer shall assign sufficient reasons while passing the order.
(c) Copy of the order passed by the officer shall be provided to the petitioner.
(d) If aggrieved, petitioner may assail the said order in accordance with law.
(e) Petitioner shall fully cooperate and not take any adjournment.
(f) The matter be decided within three months.
(g) All issues are left open.