24 June 2024


Judgments

Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal

Kec International Ltd. Vs. C.C.E. Jaipur I

MANU/CE/0090/2022

15.03.2022

Excise

Benefit of extended period of limitation is not available to Revenue when there being no element of fraud, mis-statement or contumacious conduct

The brief facts are that the Appellants are registered with the Central Excise Department and engaged in the manufacture of galvanised towers and structures, which are dutiable. The Appellants supplied their goods, which are subject to Price Escalation Clause, as per purchase agreement and deposited the differential excise duty, upon finalisation of the price between parties.

During the course of audit, it was observed that the Appellant had issued supplementary invoices on the price variation finalisation, in respect of the clearances made in the previous months. Thereafter, the Appellant had paid the differential excise duty including cess against the price variation bills regularised for the goods cleared in the past on payment of duty. The Revenue issued show cause notices. As the Appellants had not paid the amount of interest for the period from the date of original invoice till the date of payment of differential duty, upon raising of the price variation bills/ supplementary invoices, show cause notice was issued demanding amount of interest and further penalty was also proposed.

Show cause notice was adjudicated on contest by the learned Commissioner, who confirmed the proposed demand of interest and also penalty of Rs.5,000 under Rule 27 of the Central Excise Rules, 2002. Being aggrieved, the appellant is before this Tribunal.

The benefit of extended period of limitation is not available to Revenue in the present matters, there being no element of fraud, mis-statement or contumacious conduct on the part of the Appellant. Thus, the demand of interest is hit by limitation. Accordingly, the impugned orders are set aside. Appeals allowed.

Tags : Demand Penalty Legality

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