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2023 (6) TMI 1088 - CESTAT BANGALORE
100% EOU - diversion of goods - import as well as procured indigenously capital goods, raw materials, packing material and consumables free of duty vide Notification No.52/2003-Cus. and No.22/2003-C. Ex. both dated 31.03.2003 - said goods not used for intended purpose - HELD THAT:- There is no dispute that the conditions of the notifications, were violated and the appellant had contravened the provisions of section 71 of the Customs Act 1962. Accordingly, the entire duty demanded was paid and the appropriation of the duty payment has been confirmed by the learned Commissioner vide paragraph (iv) and (v) in the findings portion of his Order. The commissioner has demanded interest on the duty demanded and imposed penalty equivalent to the duty demanded in terms of proviso to Section 114A of the Customs Act 1962.
The fact that the goods were diverted to DTA from their bonded warehouse is not disputed and this fact has come to the notice of the department only after investigation, is also not contested. The only plea made by the appellants is that it was done on account of their inefficiency of the staff and there was no intention to evade duty. Based on the investigations the Commissioner has rightly held the appellant had wilfully suppressed and mis-declared the fact that the goods were used within the bonded warehouse. Therefore, the appellants were liable for penalty under Section 114A.
The Commissioner has given an option to pay interest along with 25% of duty within 30 days from the date of receipt of his order in terms of Proviso to Section 114A of the Act - Appeal dismissed.