2018 Taxo.online 454

WP(C).No. 36045 of 2018 dated 07.11.2018





Central Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017

Section 129

Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017

Rule 140

Dama Seshadri Naidu, Justice

Partly in favour of assessee

High Court


Represented by: – 

Petitioner: – Sri.Joseph Jerard Samson Rodrigues 

Respondent: –  

Order: – 

The petitioner, a registered dealer under the Kerala Goods and Services Tax Act, supplied material to Kollam, as seen from Exts.P2 to P5 invoices. Ext.P6 consignment note, however, did not contain the details of the vehicle used for the transport. The vehicle and the goods detained under Section 129(1) of the SGST Act, the petitioner filed this writ petition.  

2. In the writ petition, the petitioner sought the following reliefs: 

(i) to declare Rule 140 of the CGST/SGST Rules, to the extent to which it directs collection of security in the form of simple bond for the value of goods and bank guarantee equivalent to the amount of applicable tax, interest and penalty payable as a mandatory condition for the release of the goods detained under section 12993) of the Act as violative of Article 301 of the Constitution;  

(ii) issue a writ of certiorari, or any other appropriate writ, order or direction as this Hon’ble Court deems fit and proper in the circumstances of the case, calling for the records leading to the issue of Ext.P9 order and Ext.10 notice and after scrutinizing the same, to strike down and quash them;  

(iii) issue a writ of mandamus or other appropriate writ, orders or directions directing the First Respondent to refrain from proceeding further under section 129 of the Act based on Ext.P9 and P10;  

(iv) Issue a writ of mandamus or other appropriate writ, orders or directions, directing the First Respondent to release the goods to the petitioner without collecting any security under S.129(1)(c).  

3. The learned Division Bench of this Court in Renji Lal Damodaran Vs. State Tax Officer1 dealt with an identical issue. 

Applying the ratio of that judgment, I direct that respondent authorities to release the petitioner’s goods and vehicle on his “furnishing Bank Guarantee for tax and penalty found due and a bond for the value of goods in the form as prescribed under Rule 140(1) of the CGST Rules”.  

With the above direction I dispose of the writ petition. 

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