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March 3, 2023

Application for Revocation of GST Registration may be filed with the HC

by CA Shivam Jaiswal in GST, GST Circular Notification

Application for Revocation of GST Registration may be filed with the HC

Fact and issue of the case

The brief facts are that the Petitioner having GSTIN registration No.27ACDPM3243NIZE was issued a show cause notice dated 7 January 2021 for cancellation of registration as Petitioner had not filed returns for a continuous period of six months. After considering the reply of the Petitioner, the Petitioner’s GSTIN registration was cancelled vide order dated 28 January 2021. An appeal was filed against the order of cancellation of GST registration under section 107 of the GST Act. By the impugned order dated 31 January 2022, although the Commissioner (Appeals) found the appeal to be within the period of limitation, holding that since Petitioner did not approach the jurisdictional CGST authority for revocation of cancellation of registration under section 30 of the Act after issuance of the cancellation order as per the time lines provided under the law, rejected the appeal filed by Petitioner as not maintainable.

Learned counsel for the Petitioner has drawn our attention to the decisions of this court in Writ Petition No.5273 of 2022 and in Writ Petition No.11618 of 2022 to submit that this court in similar circumstances has granted an opportunity to the Petitioner therein to file an application before the authority under section 30 of the CGST Act and submit that the same course of action be adopted in the case of the Petitioner herein.

Observation of the court

We have heard learned counsel for the parties and also perused the petition as well as the reply filed by the Respondents.

A perusal of the impugned order clearly indicates that although the Commissioner (Appeals) has relied upon the suo-moto orders of the Supreme Court in respect of the limitation period considered the same and held the same to be within limitation, however, it has held that the appeal to be not maintainable as the course of action under section 30 was not adopted. We observe from the decisions of this court in

(i) MSK Electricals vs. The Union of India and Others1,

(ii) Datta Kripa Majur Sahakari Sanstha Ltd. vs. Union of India and Others2,

(iii) Pragati Distributors vs. Additional Commissioner (Appeals I) and Others3 and

(iv) Balaji Engineering Works Vs. Union of India4

that in similar circumstances this court has granted an opportunity to the Petitioner to file an application before the authority under section 30 of the CGST Act. We therefore do not propose to take any different course of action in the matter. We agree with the observation in the earlier decisions passed in the matters referred to above that if the appellate authority came to a conclusion that Petitioner ought to have filed an application before the authority for revocation, then the authority should have granted an opportunity to the Petitioner to file an application under section 30 which the authority failed to do. As noted above, although the authority observed that the appeal was filed within time and also went to the extent of allowing the appeal, however, instead of directing the Petitioner to file an application under section 30 it has gone ahead and rejected the appeal on the ground of maintainability. Paragraphs No.4 to 7 of the decision of this court in MSK Electricals vs.

Considering the above discussion and the conspectus of the matter, we are inclined to afford an opportunity to the Petitioner to file an application to the authority under section 30 of the CGST Act. It is made clear that if an application is made by Petitioner within 15 days from today before the authority under section 30 of the CGST Act, the authority to consider the same and take a decision on merits as expeditiously as possible within a period of three months from today.

Writ Petition is accordingly disposed of.

No costs.

Conclusion

In the result, appeal of the assessee is allowed and ruled in favour of the assessee

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