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2023 (6) TMI 700 - CESTAT AHMEDABAD
CENVAT Credit - inputs - Cement and Steel used in the output service i.e. Commercial and Industrial Construction Services - denial of the Cenvat is solely on the basis of amendment in explanation-2 to definition of Input by Notification No. 16/2009-CE (NT) - HELD THAT:- The explanation-2 is exclusively applicable to manufacturer and not to service provider. Therefore, the entire case based on the amendment in explanation-2 cannot sustain. Further, as regards the admissible inputs for the purpose of Cenvat credit, it falls under clause-(ii) of the definition of inputs according to which the Input includes all goods except light diesel oil, high speed diesel oil, motor spirit, commonly known as petrol and motor vehicles used for providing any output service. A plain reading of clause(ii) of definition read with explanation-2, it is absolutely clear that the exclusion provided in explanation-2 is applicable to manufacturer and as regard the service provider in terms of clause(ii) of definition Input the service provider is entitled for Cenvat credit of inputs which are used for providing output service. In the present case, the appellant provided output service viz. Commercial and Industrial Construction Service and for that Cement and Steel are vital input without which output service cannot be provided. Therefore, there is no doubt that appellant is legally entitled for the Cenvat credit on Cement and Steel used for providing output service i.e. Commercial and Industrial Construction Services.
The judgments cited by learned Counsel in the case of MUNDRA PORTS AND SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE LIMITED VERSUS COMMISSIONER OF CENTRAL EXCISE & CUSTOMS [2015 (5) TMI 663 - GUJARAT HIGH COURT], the credit of Cement and Steel was allowed against the output service of Port Service. Even though cement and steel was directly used for output service for construction of jetty and then jetty was used for services, credit was allowed. On the face of judgment, the case of the appellant is on much better footing as in the present case the cement and steel was directly used in Commercial and Industrial Construction Services.
There are no hesitation to hold that appellant is legally entitled for Cenvat credit on Cement and Steel used for providing output service - appeal allowed.