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Claim of exemption from duty on production of gold bars - whether the product produced by the assessee is the “primary gold” which is exempted from payment of excise duty - Denial of exemption Notification No. 6/02-CE dated 01.03.2002 - Held that:- It is clear from the reading of relevant entry in the exemption Notification that it exempts “primary gold” when the same is converted with the aid of power from ‘any form of gold’. Explanation appended thereto defines the “primary gold” to mean gold in any unfinished or semi-finished form and includes among others, gold bars. From the process of manufacture that is explained above, it becomes clear that the gold bars are produced from gold mud. Gold mud would be qualified as “any form of gold” and the product in question viz. gold bars, therefore has to be treated as “primary gold”.

What is relevant and important is that silver was recovered from anode slime and thereafter gold mud was recovered from silver. Insofar as the product in question viz. gold bars are concerned, these are produced from the gold mud. Thus, gold is converted in the form of bars from gold mud with the aid of power. It is undisputed that gold mud is a form of gold.

What is significant to note that the “primary gold” is the end product which is manufactured. The entry clearly describes that when the said “primary gold” is converted from any form of gold with the aid of power into bars as well, the same would be treated as “primary gold”. - Decided against Revenue.





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