GST Dept levies Rs 19 Lakhs as Penalty since Lorry runs 7 km in Wrong Path: Madras HC reduces Fine

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The Goods and Services Tax ( GST ) department has levied a fine of Rs 18,96,000 on a lorry that deviated just seven kilometers from the right path on its way to Tamil Nadu from Pune.

When the petitioner approached the Madras High Court challenging the action taken by Tamil Nadu GST department, the fine was reduced to Rs 5000.

A two-wheeler dealer from Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu approached the court. A lorry that was carrying 40 two-wheelers from Pune to Tamil Nadu reached Sivakasi after the driver lost his way. The GST officials seized the lorry and its driver and directed to levy a fine of Rs 18,96,000.

The officers informed the court that the lorry driver did not cooperate during interrogation which is why the lorry was seized. But the court found out that the GST officers spoke only English and Tamil whereas the lorry driver Badrinath Bhandari, hailing from Maharashtra, knew only Marathi and Hindi which is why he could not respond. The court also found that the lorry driver had lost his way. The goods were brought with proper documents and invoice and there was no attempt to evade tax.

Following this, the court ordered to release the lorry and goods charging a fine of Rs 5,000. It also warned the GST officers not to misuse their authority.