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2023 (6) TMI 689 - ANDHRA PRADESH HIGH COURT
Maintainability of appeal - failure to file appeal within time (delay of 83 days) - sufficient reason for delay given or not - main contention of the petitioner is that he accounted for the alleged deficit of stock of 11,179 bags of cement but the same was not considered properly by the concerned authorities - HELD THAT:- Since the said aspect is a pure question of fact which can well be appreciated by AP VAT Appellate Tribunal if an appeal were to be filed before the Tribunal, the delay in filing the appeal can be condoned and liberty can be given to the petitioner to file appeal on suitable terms. The impugned order dated 12.11.2021 shows that an appeal can be filed before AP VAT Appellate Tribunal at Visakhapatnam within sixty days. The said period of sixty days should be reckoned from the date of receipt of a copy of the order. However, the said order was served on petitioner’s GST Counsel who died on 20.11.2021 without disclosing the said fact. Therefore, the petitioner’s knowledge can be reckoned from the date of receipt of notice dated 20.01.2023 issued by the 3rd respondent. The appeal has to be filed within sixty days from 20.01.2023. However appeal was not filed till date. Hence there is a delay of 83 days.
The writ petition is disposed of giving liberty to the petitioner to file appeal against the impugned revision order dated 12.11.2021 passed by the 5th respondent and consequent demand notice dated 20.01.2023 issued by the 3rd respondent before AP VAT Appellate Tribunal, Visakhapatnam on the condition of petitioner depositing 25% of the demanded tax within three weeks from the date of receipt of copy of the order.