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2023 (2) TMI 281 - HC - Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Validity of assessment order - non application of mind to the fact that the NCLAT has passed a moratorium order, which is akin to a moratorium order passed under Section 14 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 - no personal hearing was granted to the petitioner, despite a specific request having been made in the aforementioned replies by the petitioner - violation of principles of natural justice.
HELD THAT:- Admittedly, the contentions of the petitioner, which has been recorded by this Court in the earlier paragraphs were not considered by the respondent in the impugned Assessment Order. It is also not in dispute that the NCLAT had passed an order on 15.10.2018, which the petitioner claims is akin to a moratorium order passed under Section 14 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. It is for the respondent to consider the petitioner's contention and decide the issue on merits - this Court is not expressing any view on the merits of the matter.
Admittedly, no personal hearing was afforded to the petitioner in the impugned assessment proceedings despite a request having been made by the petitioner for the same in their replies - Having not granted personal hearing to the petitioner in the impugned Assessment proceedings, despite a request having been made by the petitioner in their replies, this Court is of the considered view that principles of natural justice has been violated. The respondent has also not considered the petitioner's contention that Assessment Proceedings cannot be proceeded with in view of the fact that the NCLAT has passed an order on 15.10.2018, which according to the petitioner is akin to a moratorium order passed under Section 14 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
This Court is of the considered view that on account of the violation of principles of natural justice due to the fact that no personal hearing was afforded to the petitioner and on account of the fact that the contentions of the petitioner as raised in this writ petition have not been considered by the respondent, despite the same having been raised in their replies sent to the respondent, the impugned order has to be necessarily quashed and the matter has to be remanded back to the respondent for fresh consideration on merits and accordance with law.
Petition disposed off.