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2023 (5) TMI 525 - HC - Service Tax
Levy of Service Tax - Works Contract Service - whether the petitioner is liable to pay service tax, in addition to the tax paid by the petitioner, in respect of the said contracts? - HELD THAT:- The question whether the composite contracts were taxable under the service tax prior to 01.06.2007, is no longer res integra. The Supreme Court in the case of COMMISSIONER, CENTRAL EXCISE & CUSTOMS VERSUS M/S LARSEN & TOUBRO LTD. AND OTHERS [2015 (8) TMI 749 - SUPREME COURT] had referred to taxable services covered under Sub-clause (g),(zzd), (zzh), (zzq) and (zzzh) of Section 65(105) of the Act and authoritatively held that the said taxable services referred only to service contracts simpliciter and not to composite works contracts.
Admittedly, the challenge raised by the petitioner to the validity of Sub-clause (zzq) and (zzzh) of Section 65(105) of the Act, is squarely covered by the decision of the Supreme Court in Commissioner, Central Excise and Customs, Kerala v. Larsen and Toubro Limited - In view of the law laid down by the Supreme Court in Commissioner, Central Excise and Customs, Kerala v. Larsen and Toubro Limited, the impugned order-in-original dated 30.11.2012, which proceeds on the basis that composite contracts involving transfer of goods as well as services were covered under the taxable services under Sub-clause (zzq) and (zzzh) of Section 65(105) of the Act, cannot be sustained.
Matter remanded to the Adjudicating Authority to adjudicate the show cause notices afresh - petition allowed by way of remand.