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2022 (9) TMI 1013 - Customs
Waiver of redemption fine and reduction in penalty under Section 112 ibid - Rubber Tyre Scrap - Restricted goods or not - importation of excess quantity of waste/used Rubber Tyre Scrap over a period of time - HELD THAT:- The Adjudicating Authority has discussed about the instructions/import policy of the DGFT to inter alia hold that the excess import by the respondent was in violation of the statutory policies. The Adjudicating Authority has also referred to the “Decisions of 57th meeting of the Technical Review Committee (TRC) under the Hazardous Waste (Management, Handling and Trans-boundary Movement) Rules, 2008 held on 18th and 19th October, 2016”, wherein the said Committee has decided that its intention was not to allow used tyres for ‘use as such’. In view of the above, therefore, it is incumbent upon the Adjudicating Authority to deliberate / adjudicate as to whether the importer has used the imported waste/used tyres ‘as such’ or not.
The Adjudicating Authority has accepted the plea of the respondent that the respondent had debited the licence for single-cut bead tyres that did not require DGFT licence, has also observed at paragraph 26 of his order that he has found nothing adverse with regard to the intended use (outcome of investigation of the concerned Revenue authorities) nor was there any evidence to even suggest the same from the communication issued by the Office of the Principal Commissioner of Customs, Hyderabad - By this, it is clear that there was no violation of the decision arrived at by the Technical Review Committee as to the intended usage of the impugned goods in question, by which it only renders that the excess import during the period in question by the respondent was only irregular and not prohibited. At no stretch of imagination could it be held to be prohibited since there are sufficient materials available on record, including the licence issued by the appropriate authority for import of a particular quantity of the goods, and hence, it cannot be held that a part of the same import is prohibited while the other part is permitted.
The Revenue has not satisfied the conditions laid down under Section 112 (a) or (b) ibid. to justify its challenge to the findings arrived at by the First Appellate Authority - appeal dismissed - decided against Revenue.