2018 Taxo.online 365

WP(C).No. 22615 of 2018 dated 25.09.2018





Central Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017

Dama Seshadri Naidu, Justice

In favour of assessee

High Court


Represented by: – 

Petitioner: – Sri.E.P.Govindan, Smt.G.Deepa, Smt.Julia Priya Reshmy, Sri.K.A.Hassan 

Respondent: – Sri.E.P.Govindan, Smt.G.Deepa, Smt.Julia Priya Reshmy, Sri.K.A.Hassan, Sri.M.Rajendra Kumar, Sri.M.Rajendra Kumar, Sri.P.R.Sreejith 

Order: – 

The petitioner is a company and registered dealer under the Goods and Service Tax Act. It ventilates its grievance that the 1st respondent Assistant Commissioner is not refunding Rs.1,62,72,000/- being the IGST it paid. As the petitioner’s supply of turmeric extract powder amounts to deemed export during January to March 2018, the petitioner claimed refund of the tax. For this purpose, it filed Exts.P7, P8 and P9 applications. But though the procedure mandates that the demand for refund should be through an application uploaded electronically. The petitioner could not follow that procedure because of the unavailability of the online facility. Only in that context, as the petitioner submitted the applications physically. As those applications have not been processed in terms of Ext.P14 circular, the petitioner has filed this writ petition.  

2. The Standing Counsel for the 3rd respondent has drawn my attention to the counter affidavit the respondents filed and submitted that Ext.P14 circular only facilitates belated uploading. He has also submitted that if the petitioner approaches the 5th respondent -GST Network, he will entertain the petitioner’s applications and process them.

3. Heard the learned counsel for the petitioner, the learned Assistant Solicitor General, the learned Government Pleader as also the learned Standing Counsel.

4. The Government of India issued a circular 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 ademonstrable 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.  

(italics supplied)  

5. 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 petitioner to apply to the Nodal Officer concerned to have the issue resolved.

6. So, here too, 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 or any other applicable Form, without reference to the time-frame. Ordered so.

7. The petitioner to claim its refund based on the applications its already physically filed. For that purpose the Exhibits P15, P16 and P17 rejection orders shall stand quashed. With these observation, I dispose of the Writ Petition. The respondents may complete the entire exercise in three months.

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