The Hon’ble Guwahati High Court in the case of SRI SUBHASH AGARWALLA VERSUS THE STATE OF ASSAM, THE PRINCIPAL COMMISSIONER STATE GOODS AND SERVICES TAX GUWAHATI, THE JOINT COMMISSIONER STATE GOODS AND SERVICES TAX SIVASAGAR ZONE, THE COMMISSIONER CENTRAL GOODS AND SERVICE TAX DIBRUGARH, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER CENTRAL GOODS AND SERVICE TAX DIBRUGARH. [2024 (3) TMI 387 – GAUHATI HIGH COURT], held that once a proceeding is initiated under either in Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (“the CGST Act”) or State Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (“the SGST Act”), another proceeding for same period under other Act cannot to be initiated. Therefore, the operation of the Order-in-Original was to remain suspended till the returnable date.

Stay updated! Join our Email Newsletter for exclusive Articles, updates, and announcements.

Join our Email Newsletter

Facts:
Subhash Agarwalla (“the Petitioner”) was issued the Demand-cum-Show Cause Notice dated November 23, 2022 (“the Impugned SCN”) by the SGST Authority under Section 73 of the SGST Act, asking the Petitioner why the amount indicated therein shall not be demanded and recovered from the Petitioner for the Financial Year 2017-2018. Subsequently, another the Demand-cum-Show Cause Notice dated April 27, 2023 (“the Impugned SCN”) was issued by the CGST Authority asking Petitioner why the amount indicated therein shall not be demanded and recovered from the Petitioner for the Financial Years 2017-2018, 2018-2019 & 2019-2020. Both the notices alleged that during the said period, the Petitioner availed and utilized Input Tax Credit (“ITC”), which was inadmissible in terms of Section 16(4) of the CGST Act/SGST Act. Pursuant to the Impugned SCN the Authority under the CGST Act passed an Order-in-Original on November 14, 2023 (“the Impugned Order”). Subsequently, the authority under the SGST Act passed an Order-in-Original on December 11, 2023 (“the Impugned Order”).
Hence, aggrieved by the circumstances, the present writ petition was filed.

Issue:

Whether two parallel proceedings in respect of the same period is permissible under GST Law?

Held:

The Hon’ble Guwahati High Court in SRI SUBHASH AGARWALLA VERSUS THE STATE OF ASSAM, THE PRINCIPAL COMMISSIONER STATE GOODS AND SERVICES TAX GUWAHATI, THE JOINT COMMISSIONER STATE GOODS AND SERVICES TAX SIVASAGAR ZONE, THE COMMISSIONER CENTRAL GOODS AND SERVICE TAX DIBRUGARH, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER CENTRAL GOODS AND SERVICE TAX DIBRUGARH. [2024 (3) TMI 387 – GAUHATI HIGH COURT] held as under:

  • Observed that, Section 6(2) of the CGST and SGST Act which inter alia indicates that once a proceeding is initiated either of the above two acts, another proceeding for the same period under the other Act is not to be initiated, the operation of the Impugned Order shall remain suspended till the returnable date.

Stay updated! Join our Email Newsletter for exclusive Articles, updates, and announcements.

Join our Email Newsletter
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments