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M/s S.S. Dyes And Chemicals Versus Commissioner of Customs, Mumbai

2015 (11) TMI 1393 - CESTAT MUMBAI

Claim interest on delayed refund - refund amount is in the nature of duty or not - Held that:- Though the appellant made the payment of the impugned amount at the time of investigation, the said payment was confirmed as duty vide order dated 1-5-1996 and the said payment was appropriated towards duty demand. Therefore there is no doubt on the pint that what has been paid by the appellant has been adjusted towards duty and it is not a mere pre-deposit as canvassed by the revenue. - it is seen tha .....

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ited [2011 (10) TMI 16 - Supreme Court of India] and of the Hon'ble High Court of Bombay in Voltas (2004 (9) TMI 116 - HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT BOMBAY) would apply to the facts of the case. However, since Section 27A of the Customs Act itself came into force only in May, 1995 and the appellant has claimed the interest for the period from 1-12-1995 onwards, we are of the view that the appellant is rightly entitled for interest at the applicable rates from 1-12-1995 onwards till the date of act .....

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llate authority dismissed the applicant's claim for interest on delayed refund of ₹ 30,53,905/- sanctioned to them vide order dated 27.8.2012 by the adjudicating authority. 2. The facts arising for consideration in this case are as follows. The appellant imported consignments of citric acid and cleared the same under DEEC licence claiming the benefit of Notification No. 203/92-Cus., dated 19-5-1992 vide bills of entry filed in February, 1994. After clearance of the goods, a less charge .....

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nal and this Tribunal vide order No. A/427/WZB/2007/CSTB/C-I, dated 26-7-2007 [2007 (220) E.L.T. 160 (Tribunal)] allowed their appeal. After the receipt of the order, the appellant filed refund application for refund of duty as well as interest. The original authority vide order dated 23-12-2008 allowed the refund of duty for ₹ 30,53,905/- but did not grant the refund of interest. The appellant preferred an appeal before the Commissioner (Appeals), who held that the payment made by the app .....

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uty. Further, the lower adjudicating authority while passing the refund order in December 2008 vide Order No. ACAO/268/P.K./AC/2008-Gr.VII.B, dated 28-12-2008 has also considered the issue of unjust enrichment before the refund was sanctioned and therefore, what has been paid by them in 1994 is nothing but payment of duty and not a pre-deposit as held by the lower appellate authority. He further submits that they had filed refund claim as early as in September 1994 vide application dated 12-9-19 .....

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on the judgment of the Apex Court in the case of Ranbaxy Laboratories v. UOI [2011 (273) E.L.T. 3 (S.C.)] wherein it was held that interest on delayed refund is payable under Section 11BB of the Central Excise Act, 1944 on the expiry of three months from the date of receipt of application under Section 11B and not from the date of order of refund or appellate order allowing such refund. He argued that the same principle will apply in the case of Customs refund also and therefore, they are right .....

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therefore the appellant is not entitled to interest under Section 27A. 5. I have carefully considered the rival submissions. In the instant case from the records of the case, it is seen that though the appellant made the payment of the impugned amount at the time of investigation, the said payment was confirmed as duty vide order dated 1-5-1996 and the said payment was appropriated towards duty demand. Therefore there is no doubt on the pint that what has been paid by the appellant has been adju .....

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