2018 Taxo.online 287
WP(C).No. 27594 of 2018 dated 14.08.2018
FRIDGEHOUSE RETAIL PRIVATE LITED
Central Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017
Dama Seshadri Naidu, Justice
In favour of assessee
Represented by: –
Petitioner: – Anil D. Nair, Sri. Achyut K Padmaraj, Sri. Sreejith R.Nair
Respondent: – Dr Thushara James
The petitioner, a registered dealer under the Kerala Value Added Tax Act, has now migrated to the Goods and Services Tax regime. To use the input tax available to its credit at the time of migration, the petitioner had to upload FORM GST TRAN-1 within the stipulated time. The petitioner asserts that though it attempted to upload form within the time, it failed because of some system error. The petitioner, therefore, seeks directions to enable him to take credit of the available input tax.
2. Heard the learned counsel for the petitioner, the learned Government Pleader, as well as the learned Standing Counsel for respondents 1, 2 and 3, besides perusing the record.
3. The circular issued by the Government of India for “setting up an IT Grievance Redressal Mechanism to address the grievances of taxpayers due to technical glitches on GST Portal.” Paragraph 5 of the circular outlines the procedure the Nodal Officers is to follow. It reads:
5. Nodal officers and identification of issues
5.1 GSTN, Central and State government would appoint nodal officers in requisite number to address the problem a taxpayer faces due to glitches, if any, in the Common Portal. This would be publicized adequately.
5.2 Taxpayers shall make an application to the field officers or the nodal officers where there was a demonstrable glitch on the Common Portal in relation to an identified issue, due to which the due process as envisaged in law could not be completed on the Common Portal.
5.3 Such an application shall enclose evidences as may be needed for an identified issue to establish bona fide attempt on the part of the taxpayer to comply with the due process of law
5.4 These applications shall be collated by the nodal officer and forwarded to GSTN who would on receipt of application examine the same. GSTN shall after verifying its electronic records and the applications received, identify the issue involved where a large section of tax payers are affected. GSTN shall forward the same to the IT Grievance Redressal Committee with suggested solutions for resolution of the problem.
4. Not only the petitioner but also many other people faced this technical glitch and approached this Court. Both the learned counsel submit that this Court on earlier occasions permitted the petitioners to apply to the Nodal Officer for the issue resolution.
5. So, in this case also, the petitioner may apply to the Nodal Officer. The petitioner applying, the Nodal Officer will look into the issue and facilitate the petitioner’s uploading FORM GST TRAN-1, without reference to the time-frame. Ordered so.
6. I may also observe that if the petitioner applies within two weeks after receiving this judgment, the Nodal Officer will consider it and take steps within a week thereafter. If the uploading of FORM GST TRAN-1 is not possible for reasons not attributable to the petitioner, the authority will also enable it to take credit of the input tax available at the time of its migration.
With these directions, I dispose of the Writ Petition.