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1989 (8) TMI 80 - SC - Central Excise
Whether Section 11A of the Act applies or not?
Held that:- the tribunal was in error in applying the provisions of Section 11-A of the Act. There were no materials from which it could be inferred or established that the duty of excise had not been levied or paid or short-levied or short-paid or erroneously refunded by reason of fraud, collusion or any wilful mis-statement or suppression of facts, or contravention of any of the provisions of the Act or of the rules made thereunder. The Tribunal in the appellate order has, however, reduced the penalty to ₹ 5000/- and had also upheld the order of the confiscation of the goods. In view of the fact that the claim of the revenue is not sustainable beyond a period of six months on the ground that these dhoop sticks, etc. were not handicrafts entitled to exemption, we set aside the order of the tribunal and remand the matter to the Tribunal to modify the demand by confining it to the period of six months prior to issue of show cause notice and pass consequential orders in the appeal on the question of penalty and confiscation. Appeal allowed.