GST: Gujarat High Court directs Authority to release the Goods and vehicle after obtaining a bond of INR 11.73 Lakhs [Read Order]

GST: Gujarat High Court directs Authority to release the Goods and vehicle after obtaining a bond of INR 11.73 Lakhs [Read Order]

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The Gujarat High Court directed the authority to release the goods and vehicles after obtaining a bond of INR 11.73 Lakhs.

The writ applicant, Majid Bilalbhai Akbani is a  proprietor of M/s Imran Implex and engaged in the business of trading of iron and steel and is registered under the provisions of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017.

It is the case of the writ applicant that M/s. Hussain Sheth Enterprise, Bhavnagar, Gujarat had placed an order with the writ applicant for supply of H.M.S. Scrap amounting to Rs. 8,99,160. The said goods were to be transported from Gandhidham, Kutch. The goods were loaded in a truck on 25th September, 2020 to be delivered at Bhavnagar, Gujarat.

While the goods were in transit, the vehicle was intercepted by the mobile squad of the respondent authority somewhere near Ramdhari, Rajkot-Bhavnagar Road.

It appears that notice in Form GST MOV-10 came to be issued calling upon the writ applicant to show cause as to why the goods and the conveyance should not be confiscated under Section 130 of the Gujarat Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017.

The applicant prayed that to quash and set aside the Order of Detention under Section 129(1) of the CGST Act and set aside the Show Cause Notice under Section 130 of the CGST Act.

The division judge bench headed by Chief Justice Vikram Nath did not interfere with a show-cause notice on the grounds that the inquiry is in progress.

However, the bench after considering the fact noted that when the vehicle was intercepted, the driver was able to produce a valid E-way bill and also the invoice, at least, the goods and the conveyance should be ordered to be released subject to the final outcome of the confiscation.

The court directed the respondent authority to release the vehicle and the goods after obtaining a bond of Rs.11,73,480 from the writ applicant.

“The inquiry with respect to Form GST MOV-10 shall proceed further in accordance with law,” the court said.

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