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‘Premature For High Court To Opine On Tax Evasion’: Supreme Court Sets Aside HC Order Which Quashed Notice Under Section 130 CGST Act

A bench of Justices MR Shah and CT Ravi Kumar of the Supreme Court in a judgment held that it was premature for the High Court to opine anything on whether there was any evasion of the tax or not. The same was to be looked upon in an appropriate proceeding for which the notice under section 130 of the Act was issued. 

Therefore, we are considering that the High Court has materially erred by invoking power under Article 226 by entertaining the writ petition against the show cause notice and quashing and setting aside the petition and SC set aside a judgment and order given by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana wherein the High Court had set aside the order of detention of goods/vehicle issued by the Assistant Commissioner State Tax, and also the notice issued under section 130 of the CGST Act, 2017 and remanded the matter back to proper authorities.

Assistant Commissioner state tax had issued a notice under section 130 of the CGST act 2017 in which show Cause within 14 days from the receipt of the said notice as to why the goods in the issue and the conveyance use to transport those goods has not been confiscated under the provisions of section 130 of Punjab GST act 2017 IGST act 2017 and CGST act 2017 why the tax and other chargeable payable in respect to those good and the convenience shall not be payable. 

It is important to note that the allegations were not considered by the appropriate authority on the original writ petitioner’s appearing before the appropriate authority who issued the notice.

Case Title: State of Punjab Versus Shiv Enterprises Civil Appeal No. 359 of 2023

— Written By Rohan Palhal

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