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2023 (6) TMI 631 - GUJARAT HIGH COURT
Benefit of Amnesty Scheme - after the amount of Rs. 5,37,686/- is paid by the petitioner, the petitioner is orally informed that it has paid Rs. 2,000/- less and therefore, by way of the impugned communication dated 06.10.2022, the petitioner was informed that the application made by it under Amnesty Scheme has been disposed of, on the ground that the petitioner failed to make the payment of full principal amount of tax.
HELD THAT:- It appears that the petitioner made an application under the Amnesty Scheme. However, while so doing, the petitioner through inadvertence mentioned the amount of outstanding tax as Rs. 5,37,686/-, instead of Rs. 5,39,787/- - From a perusal of the record, it is revealed that, as per Clause-7(3) of the Amnesty Scheme, after the submission of application by the petitioner, within the period of 15 days, but, not later than 28.02.2020, the concerned officer of the Respondents was required to intimate the petitioner online, about the amount to be paid under the Amnesty Scheme.
From the observations made by the Division Bench of this Court in SUNFLOWERS DEVELOPERS [2020 (1) TMI 265 - GUJARAT HIGH COURT], it can be said that the object of the amnesty scheme is to bring about expeditious and effective resolution of old disputes and recoveries of old outstanding dues of the Government and reduction of administrative costs. Since such scheme is applicable to all pending cases, the officers acting under the relevant statutes are expected to respect the object of the scheme and to ensure that the assessees get the benefit under the scheme.
Merely because the petitioner inadvertently paid Rs. 2000/- less towards principal outstanding amount of tax, it cannot be denied the benefit of the Amnesty Scheme. This petition, therefore, deserves to be allowed.