Reetu | Feb 10, 2024 |
Bombay HC directs restoration of GST after all GST Returns have been filed [Read Order]
The Bombay High Court in the matter of M/s. Red Fox Events and Entertainment Vs. Union of India has directed the restoration of GST after all GST Returns have been filed.
The Petitioner is a registered proprietory concerned engaged in Event Management and Hospitality.
Respondent No.4 issued an Order dated 17th April 2023 for cancellation of the Petitioner’s GST registration under the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (“the Act”) wherein it was stated that the Petitioner had not filed its 3B returns for more than six months and therefore the GST registration of the Petitioner was cancelled.
On 20th April 2023, the Petitioner filed an Application for revocation of the said cancellation of registration. A Show Cause Notice dated 19th May 2023 was issued to the Petitioner calling upon the Petitioner to show cause as to why it’s Application for revocation of cancellation of registration should not be rejected for the reasons mentioned in the said Show Cause Notice.
It is the case of the Petitioner that, without giving it an opportunity to explain as to why the cancellation of its registration should be revoked, an Order dated 31st May 2023 was passed by Respondent No.3 rejecting the Petitioner’s Application for revocation of the cancellation.
The Petitioner thereafter filed an Appeal in Form GST APL-01 on 31st May 2023, wherein the Petitioner has stated that, due to unavoidable circumstances, the Petitioner failed to file GST returns on time, and gave reasons as to why its GST registration should be restored at the earliest.
Thereafter, by an Order dated 14th September 2023, the Appeal filed by the Petitioner was rejected and the Order dated 31st May 2023 was upheld.
It is the case of the Petitioner that, since no Appellate Tribunal has been constituted under the provisions of Section 109 of the Act, the Petitioner has been compelled to approach this Court by filing the present Writ Petition. It is the case of the Petitioner that the present Writ Petition is maintainable as, due to the Appellate Tribunal not having been constituted, it does not have any other alternative efficacious remedy available to it.
Mr. Walve, the learned Counsel appearing on behalf of the Petitioner, submitted that the Petitioner, in its Appeal filed on 31st May 2023, had specifically stated that it was unable to file the GST returns due to unavoidable circumstances. Further, as the Department had cancelled the GST registration of the Petitioner w.e.f. 9th March 2023, the Petitioner was unable to file subsequent returns.
He submitted that the actions of the Department had rendered the Petitioner handicapped as the Petitioner could not file returns even though it was willing to do so. Mr. Walve further submitted that the Petitioner has, on the present date, complied with the payments and has filed the GST returns up to March 2023. He submitted that there are no more delays from the Petitioner’s side and thus the cancelled GST registration of the Petitioner should be restored in order to enable the Petitioner to file further returns and make all payments.
Mr. Walve also submitted that, if the GST registration of the Petitioner is restored, the Petitioner, within a period of four weeks from the date of restoration of the GST registration, would file all the returns up to date and clear all the dues. Mr. Walve vehemently submitted that, in the light of the same, the Petitioner’s GST registration ought to be restored.
Ms. Bajoria, the learned Counsel appearing on behalf of the Respondents, submitted that, in the event this Court was inclined to restore the GST registration of the Petitioner, this Court ought to direct the Petitioner to file all the pending returns and make all the GST payments within a fixed period of time so as to cause no prejudice to the Revenue.
Having heard learned Counsel for the parties and considering the peculiar facts of the case and the nature of the impugned orders and the grievance of the Petitioner that the Petitioner was not adequately heard in the impugned orders being passed, we are of the opinion that as now the Petitioner has regularized the returns upto March 2023 and is also willing to regularize the future returns within four weeks from the date the registration is restored, the Petitioner needs to be granted such an opportunity to undertake filing of the returns for the future period after March 2023.
In the aforesaid circumstances, and for the aforesaid reasons, we pass the following orders:-
a. The impugned orders dated 31st May 2023 and 14th September 2023 are hereby quashed and set aside.
b. The Respondents are directed to restore the GST registration of the Petitioner within a period of one week from the date of uploading of this Order.
c. The Petitioner is hereby ordered and directed to file all the GST returns and make all the GST payments within a period of four weeks from the date of restoration of the Petitioner’s GST registration.
d. Rule is made absolute in the aforesaid terms.
e. In the facts and circumstances of the case, there will be no order as to costs.
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