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- 2020 (7) TMI 147
Seizure - Smuggling of Gold - offences under sections 133 and 135 of the Customs Act, 1962 - HELD THAT:- It is seen that the petitioners have committed very serious offence and the offences registered against the petitioners are clearly attracted. Moreover, they have been arrested and remanded to judicial custody. Further, there is apprehension that the accused persons would have continued in indulging in mobilising gold in huge quantity. Therefore, this Court is not inclined to grant bail to the petitioners, and these criminal original petitions are dismissed.
- 2020 (7) TMI 146
100% EOU - shortage of imported materials and non-movable items - Import of silk yarn and grey silk fabrics without payment of duty availing relevant Notifications 53/2007 & 52/2003 - HELD THAT:- The officers of DRI have found in addition to the shortages detected by the auditors, shortages in respect of goods claimed to have been re-imported by the appellants in consequence to the rejection of the same by the foreign buyer. The appellants have argued that as the warehousing period is not over, the demand is premature. Whereas, we find that Learned Commissioner has confirmed the demand in terms of the Notification No. 53/97 dated 03.06.1997 and 52/03 dated 31.03.2003 as the goods were neither utilized within the prescribed period nor any extension was sought. It is found that among other conditions, Notification No. 52/2003 requires t....... + More
- 2020 (7) TMI 93
Classification of imported goods - Micropore, Transpore and Tegaderm - whether eligible for exemption contained in notification No. 21/2002-Customs dated 01/03/2002 as amended from time to time or not - contention of the appellants is that their products are rightfully eligible for the exemption contained in the notification under the description “Skin Barriers Micropore Surgical Tapes”, whereas Department contends that there exists a product which suits the description “Skin Barriers Micropore Surgical Tapes” and the notification should not be read as per convenience. HELD THAT:- The department has established that a product named and known as “Skin Barriers Micropore Surgical Tapes” exists. The evidence of the same has been supplied as RUD to the appellants. Under such circumstances, the appellants co....... + More
- 2020 (7) TMI 92
Valuation of imported goods - LED TV of different models and empty pendent box - enhancement of value of goods based on NIDB data - HELD THAT:- We are convinced with the order passed by the Ld.Commissioner, merely on the basis of NIDB Data without following the provisions of Customs Act and Valuation Rules. In various decisions, it has been held that the NIDB Data cannot be substituted for Customs Valuation Rules. In case of CENTURY METAL RECYCLING PVT. LTD. AND ANOTHER VERSUS UNION OF INDIA AND OTHERS [2019 (5) TMI 1152 - SUPREME COURT], the Hon’ble Supreme Court has given a categorical decision that the valuation has to be ascertained only by complying with the provisions of Section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 read with Customs Valuation Rules, 2007. As the Ld. Adjudicating Authority has completely ignored the provisions of Customs Act and Valuation Rules, we are of the view that the impugned order is not sustainable. Appeal dismissed - decided against Revenue.
- 2020 (7) TMI 62
Sealing of Complete Warehouse - grievance of the petitioner is that the rented warehouse of the petitioner, the petitioner has not been able to use the said warehouse despite the petitioner paying the rent to the landlord - HELD THAT:- Mr. Harpreet Singh has taken instructions and he states that the petitioner may approach the respondents today, or tomorrow, and that necessary orders would be passed for placing the goods in question in a bonded warehouse, and deasealing of the petitioner’s warehouse, so that the petitioner could put the same to use. So far as the petitioner’s prayer for a direction to the respondents to pay the rent for the period that the rented warehouse premises have remain seized is concerned, in these proceedings, we are not in a position to pass any such directions as the same would involve determination....... + More
- 2020 (7) TMI 61
Condonation of delay in filing appeal - Time Limitation - appellant had challenged the order of 4th December, 2012 before Commissioner (Appeals) but after a delay of more than 90 days from the date of order - Section 35 of CEA, 1944 - HELD THAT:- The appellant had challenged the order of 4th December, 2012 before Commissioner (Appeals) but after a delay of more than 90 days from the date of order. It is apparent from the appeal that the Order-in-Original was received by the appellant on the date of order itself, as it is mentioned in para (xii) of the appeal. The delay despite admitted receipt of the order is opined to be highly unreasonable. The only ground taken for the said delay is the change of lawyer. The said ground is not supported by any document nor even the affidavit of any of the lawyers to this effect has been filed. Otherwis....... + More
- 2020 (7) TMI 33
Revocation of CHA License - forfeiture of security deposit - penalty - fraudulent import of Areca Nuts and Black Pepper - misdeclaration of country of origin and thereby mis-using ISFTA and SAFTA - HELD THAT:- The respondent commissioner passed the impugned order of revocation and penalty without examining any evidence, and without ensuring that the appellant CHA/CB is given proper opportunity of hearing to meet the allegations in the show cause notice. Neither the evidence were seen by the Adjudicating Authority, nor a copy of the same was provided to the appellant, CB. This error is glaring, particularly in respect of the investigation by the DRI, Bangalore, as no report for the same is even cited in the show cause notice or suspension order. It is further evident that when the Adjudicating Authority himself did not have the relied upon....... + More
- 2020 (7) TMI 32
Smuggling - Gold Bars - concealment of Gold Bars in the socks arriving from the Dubai Airport - Retraction of statements - Absolute Confiscation - Penalties - HELD THAT:- The appellant firstly concealed the gold bars in his Socks and also not declared to the Customs. This clearly shows the intention of the appellant to avoid declaration as well as evasion of duty. There is no evidence to show that the appellant had bona-fide belief and intend to declare the gold bars and pay the Customs duty. In this circumstances the gold bars brought by him from Dubai is clearly liable for confiscation. Confiscation of goods - Retraction of statements - HELD THAT:- even if the statement recorded under 108 is not considered the fact of smuggling of gold by the intercepting by the Customs Officer is not in dispute, therefore, the act of smuggling of gold ....... + More
- 2020 (7) TMI 8
Levy of Anti-Dumping Duty - Import of the Nylon MultiFilament Yarn originating in or exported from China PR, Korea RP, Taiwan and Thailand on provisional assessment basis - It is the case of the writ applicants that the failure on the part of the respondent No.1 is causing injury to the domestic industry - Principles of Natural Justice - opportunity of hearing sought - HELD THAT:- We may only say that the respondent No.1, Union of India, shall look into the recommendations made by the designated authority and take an appropriate decision in accordance with law within a period of eight weeks from the date of the receipt of the writ of this order. Application disposed off.
- 2020 (6) TMI 653
Release of Drawback amount payable to petitioner - HELD THAT:- We are surprised to hear that despite the letter dated 19.03.2019 addressed by the respondent No.2/DRI to respondent No.1/ Commissioner of Customs, no steps have been taken by the latter so far to release the drawback amount payable to the petitioner in respect of the Shipping bill dated 09.10.2015 - Mr. Harpreet Singh, learned counsel for the respondent No.1 states that he may be permitted to obtain instructions from the Department. List on 29.06.2020.
- 2020 (6) TMI 620
Refund of SAD - Chartered Accountant Certificate which was required to be submitted along with claim of refund in terms of Notification No. 102/2007-Cus. Dt. 14/09/2007 was issued after the death of the said Chartered Accountant - CBEC Circular No.06/2008-Cus. dt. 28/04/2008 - HELD THAT:- It is the request of the appellant that issue may be remanded to the Original Adjudicating Authority to examine the issue regarding non-availment of Cenvat Credit in terms of the Notification and Circular. It is also the fact that the refund was sanctioned by the Refund Sanctioned Authority which was not reviewed and fresh Show Cause Notice was issued for recovery of the refund sanctioned. However, since the request of ld. Advocate is only for remand. It is fair to the both appellant and Department to have a re-look of the Chartered Accountant Certificate and deal with the issue as per law - Appeal allowed by way of remand.
- 2020 (6) TMI 616
Validity of investigation conducted by a investigating officer - It is the grievance of the petitioner that the respondent have been harassing him under the guise of an enquiry/investigation and hence, has invoked the inherent powers of this Court under Section 482 of Cr.P.C. - HELD THAT:- In the present case in hand, the petitioner has complained of harassment by the respondent based on a complaint and seek for this Court's intervention by way of a direction. The term 'harassment' by itself has a very wide meaning and hence, what could be harassment to the petitioner may not be the same to the investigating officer. While summoning any person named in the complaint or any witness to the incident complained of, the investigating officer shall summon such person through a written summon under Section 160 Cr.P.C., specifying a p....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 598
Habeas Corpus Petition - Validity of Detention Order - Smuggling - Gold - It is the contention of the respondents that earlier, the petitioner was arrested for having smuggled 1200 grams of gold - HELD THAT:- The orders of remand passed against the petitioner were not furnished to her depriving her fundamental right to submit an effective representation to the detaining authority for revocation of the detention order. Therefore, the petitioner is entitled to succeed on this ground and consequently, the impugned order of detention is liable to be quashed. The Habeas Corpus Petition is allowed.
- 2020 (6) TMI 560
Seizure of Gold - provisional release of goods - Section 110(2) of the Customs Act 1962 - HELD THAT:- The facts with regard to seizure of the gold the extension of time and its communication to the petitioner much less issuance of the ordinance are not in dispute. Sub-Section 2 of Section 110 of the Customs Act and proviso added later on enables the Principal Commissioner of Customs or Commissioner of Customs to give further period of six months by informing the person after recording the reasons which, in the instant case has already been done. However, the extension would not come into play in case the goods are provisionally released under Section 110(a). The equity can be struck by issuing directions to the respondent for deciding the request submitted vide Ext.P5 for provisional release of the goods in accordance with law after affording an opportunity of hearing to the petitioner - Petition disposed off.
- 2020 (6) TMI 500
Exemption for Customs duty - import of three textile machines - inclusion of new items in the exemption - Amendment is retrospective or prospective - Section 5 of the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992 - HELD THAT:- The question whether the relevant customs notification was retrospective in nature becomes academic. However, since the Director General of Foreign Trade had declined to grant relief to the company holding that the said notification had no retrospective effect and the learned Single Judge, on the other hand, allowed the writ petition taking a contrary view, the said issue is also addressed - aforesaid notification dated November 04, 1999, was introduced for further amending the notification No. 29/97-cus dated the 1st April, 1997 and giving a retrospective effect would mean that the same would relate back to ....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 460
Cancellation of summons - Jurisdiction - Import of jewellery in violation of Baggage Rules - High Profile case - Connivance of the Police officers - prohibition on customs authority for initiating enquiry under Section 108 of the Customs Act, 1962 - offence under Section 133 of Customs Act - HELD THAT:- The Commissioner of Customs on 26th March, 2019 prima facie formed his opinion to enquire and seek presence of the petitioners in connection to an incident that occurred on the night of 15/16th March, 2019 and sought aid in enquiry directing Joint/Additional Commissioner of Customs, AIU, NSCBI, Airport, Kolkata to issue summons to the petitioners and the petitioners were directed to appear before Additional Commissioner of Customs (Airport Administration) on 8th April, 2019 for giving evidence and/or produces documents or things in relatio....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 459
Forged import licence - Imposition of penalty under Section 112 and 114 AA of the Customs Act - allegation that, the appellant have imported wireless transmitting/receiving apparatus, satellite communication equipment, etc. against the forged import licence purported to have been issued by the Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC), Wing of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India. HELD THAT:- Though the WPC approvals were not appropriately issued, the investigations have not brought out categorically whether the equipments imported and cleared on the strength of such forged WPC approvals were in violation of technical norms prescribed for such equipment for importation or not. Also, no findings in this regard have also been given in the impugned order-in-original. It is also noted that for the equip....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 425
Valuation - rejection of declared value - import of Synthetic Rubber PBR Non Oil Off Grade Loose Lumps in Super Sacks Packing - Confiscation - Penalty - HELD THAT:- The CIPET Test Report supports the correct description of the impugned goods in the Bills of Entry, which is rather more detailed than mentioned in the CIPET Report and thus there is no misdescription. We also find that there is no admission of Appellant admitting to undervaluation, or of any extra financial consideration apart from the declared transaction value, paid to the overseas supplier. Further, there is no evidence that the appellant and overseas supplier are related parties or that the invoice value was not the transaction value. The Department has failed to show any contemporaneous evidence of higher price, and thus the transaction value cannot be rejected, as held ....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 424
EPCG Scheme - import of the Mercedes car - allegation for use for personal purpose of director - concessional rate of Customs Duty - N/N. 97/2004CUS - export of service under “Tour and Travels services” as per prevailing the import - export policy - Circular No. RE-08/20032004 dated 7 May 2008 - HELD THAT:- since the imported capital good being a car which is a movable capital equipment and there is no allegation in the show cause notice or in the findings given in the order-in-original that the capital goods imported under the EPCG licence have been found in possession of the importing firm and its Director and was found parked at the residence of the Director - there are no violation of the condition of the EPCG licence has been done on this count as the vehicle found in the possession of the importing firm and no evidence h....... + More
- 2020 (6) TMI 423
Maintainability of appeal - time limitation - appeal rejected on the ground that same has not been filed in time as provided under Section 128 of the Customs Act, 1962 which required that an appeal need to be filed before Commissioner (Appeals) within a period of 60 days from the date of the communication of the order-in-original - HELD THAT:- Even if the order of final assessment has been sent by the registered post to their Johari Bazar address same cannot be considered as the proper service of the order as per the provision of Section 153 of the Customs Act, 1962. Since the appellant were not available at the given address, we find that date of receipt of the order need to be taken as 25 July 2015 on which the order was actually been provided to the appellant and statutory time limit may be calculated from this date as provided under S....... + More