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Time barred appeals to be accepted by GST Authorities in the light of undisputed ruling passed by Supreme Court by taking suo-moto cognizance of ongoing Covid-19 pandemic: High Court  

The issue that arises in this case is as to whether the impugned orders passed by the Joint Commissioner of Central Tax (Appeals – II) are liable to be set aside in the light of the judgments of the Supreme Court, In Re: Cognizance for Extension of Limitation wherein suo-motu cognizance has been taken of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and limitation for various purposes including filing of statutory appeals, extended.

Original orders dated 28.05.2020 passed by the Assistant Commissioner of Central Tax, had been impugned before the first appellate authority. As per the provisions of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, the period of limitation for filing of first appeal is 90 days, extendable by 30 days at the discretion of the appellate authority. The Supreme Court, vide judgment dated 23.03.2020, had extended limitation from 15.03.2020 till 14.03.2021 and, vide judgment dated 27.04.2021 until further orders.

In the light of the aforesaid undisputed position, the first respondent is directed to take it on file the appeals filed by the petitioner, hear the same and dispose the same on merits after hearing the petitioner, either virtually or otherwise in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures in this regard, in accordance with law.

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Jul 13, 2021


Thanks for this update. Suggest , pls share , name of City / Town & Date , AT THE BEGINING & "NOT AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE" . THANK YOU 💗.
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