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2023 (3) TMI 172 - AT - Central Excise
Refund of central excise duty - Service Air Trolley (SAT 300) supplied to Indian Air Force - It is the case of the appellant that though the invoices mentioned central excise duty on the goods supplied, they have not collected the duty from the buyer as the goods are exempted from central excise duty - Refund rejected on the ground of unjust enrichment.
HELD THAT:- Undisputedly, the appellants have mentioned the excise duty in the invoices. Then presumption envisaged in Section 12 B of the Central Excise Act, 1944 is attracted. However, this presumption is a rebuttable one. It is for the appellant to establish that they have not collected the duty from the buyer. Appellant has furnished a certificate from the buyer to show that price in the supply order is without including the excise duty. The appellant has now produced Certificate issued by the Chartered Accountant along with relevant Financial Statement, to establish that the incidence of duty has not been passed on to the buyer. However, these documents require verification as these were not presented before the authorities below.
The matter requires to be remanded to the original authority, who shall consider the issue of refund afresh on the basis of the documents including the CA certificate and the audited financial statement produced by the appellant. The appellant shall be given an opportunity of personal hearing.
Appeal allowed by way of remand.