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2023 (5) TMI 234 - HC - CST, VAT & Sales Tax
Levy of penalty u/s 53 of the TVAT Act, 2004 - it is the contention of the petitioner that in the absence of a prescribed format as per Section 53(1) of the Act, 2004, the petitioner could not be made liable for penalty on failure to submit the audited report within the prescribed time - absence of notice before imposition of penalty - violation of principles of natural justice - HELD THAT:- The penalty imposed upon the petitioner for violation of Section 53(1) of the TVAT Act, 2004 suffers from lack of proper notice and absence of reasonable opportunity of being heard, as is required under Section 53(3) of the Act, 2004. A perusal of the assessment order clearly shows that the proceedings were initiated under Section 31(1) of the TVAT Act, 2004, but no separate notice was issued under section 53(1) of the Act, 2004 before imposition of penalty.
Without going into the other issue of absence of prescribed format for submission of audited return in terms of Section 53(1) of the Act, 2004, the impugned penalty imposed upon the petitioner amounting to Rs. 2,73,800.30 vide order dated 30.03.2022 (Annexure 3 to the writ petition) is quashed. However, it is made clear that except the penalty part, the rest of the assessment order remains intact - Petition allowed.