Demand order that was passed without taking into account SCN’s response is unsustainable
Fact and issue of the case
This writ petition has been filed challenging the impugned order dated 05.04.2022 passed under Section 74 of the Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 by the respondents on the ground of violation of principles of natural justice.
The petitioner contends that even though they have sent a reply dated 25.02.2022 in Form GST DRC-06 to the show cause notice issued by the respondents dated 17.02.2022, in Form GST DRC-01, the same has not been considered in the impugned order dated 05.04.2022 by the respondents.
The petitioner has also contended that only a summary of the order dated 05.04.2022 passed under Form GST DRC-07 was served on him and not the detailed order. According to the petitioner, the said detailed order has also not been uploaded in the web portal of the On the last hearing date i.e. on 06.02.2023, this Court directed the learned Additional Government Pleader for the respondents to get instructions as to whether the reply sent by the petitioner on 25.02.2022 was received by the respondents or not.
Today, the learned Additional Government Pleader appearing for the respondents is unable to inform this Court as to whether the aforesaid reply dated 25.02.2022 was received by the respondents or not. The petitioner has also filed Form GST DRC-06, dated 25.02.2022, which confirms that the reply dated 25.02.2022 sent by the petitioner was received by the respondents. However, as seen from the impugned order dated 05.04.2022, there is no reference to the reply dated 25.02.2022 and the said reply has also not been considered in the impugned order. The respondents have also placed before this Court the speaking order, dated 04.2022, which they claim was also uploaded in the web portal along with the summary of the order. The same is disputed by the petitioner, who would contend that only the summary of the order, dated 05.04.2022 was served on the petitioner and not the speaking order. Since the petitioner has been able to convince this Court that even though they have sent a reply dated 25.02.2022 to the show cause notice sent by the respondents, the same has not been considered by the respondents in the impugned order, dated 05.04.2022, hence, there is no necessity for this Court to adjudicate on the second ground raised by the petitioner viz., non service of the speaking order dated 05.04.2022 on them. Since, it is made clear that the respondents have not considered the reply, dated 25.02.2022, even though the same was received by them, the impugned order, dated 05.04.2022 has to be quashed and the matter will have to be remanded back to the respondents for fresh consideration on merits and in accordance with law.
Observation of the court
For the foregoing reasons, the impugned order, dated 05.04.2022 passed by the respondents is hereby quashed and the matter is remanded back to the respondents for fresh consideration on merits and in accordance with law. The respondent is directed to pass final orders, within a period of twelve weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of this order, after adhering to the principles of natural justice and after affording a personal hearing to the petitioner.
In view of the quashing of the impugned order, the consequential bank attachment notice issued to the 3rd respondent bank is also quashed.
With the aforesaid directions, this writ petition is disposed of. No costs. Consequently, connected miscellaneous petitions are closed.
In the result, appeal of the assessee is allowed and ruled in favour of the assessee