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The Commissioner of Central Excise, Chennai Versus M/s. Electro Steel Castings Ltd & CESTAT, CHENNAI - 2013 (8) TMI 199 - MADRAS HIGH COURT - Central Excise
......... both the cases decided by the Supreme Court were identical and the Supreme Court, while dealing with the issue relating to period of limitation, uniformly held that no limitation was applicable to the payment made under protest. The Hon ble supreme Court in the earlier judgment clearly observed that the payment made, when the assessee has been challenging the earlier levy of duty, is deemed to be under protest and not otherwise. Hence, the combined appreciation of both the cases decided by the Supreme Court would lead to an irresistible inference that the payment made herein is also deemed to be under protest and no limitation is applicable and the claim is maintainable and is rightly decided by the CESTAT. 10. In the light of the above discussion, we find no justification to interfere with the order of the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal. The Civil Miscellaneous Appeal is hence dismissed. Consequently, connected Miscellaneous Petition is closed. No costs.