The Kerala High Court held that the service of GST order through the web portal for the purposes of filing the returns is a valid service.
The petitioner, Pee Bee Enterprises has approached this Court aggrieved by assessment orders and consequential demand notices issued him under the GST Act.
In the writ petition, it is the case of the petitioner that the assessments pertaining to the months April and May 2019 was completed under Section 62 of the SGST Act on best judgment basis, taking note of the non-filing of returns by the petitioner assessee for the said month.
The orders were not served on him till much later and within 30 days after the date of receipt of the orders, he filed the returns as permitted under Section 62 of the SGST Act.
He contends, therefore, that the assessment orders have to be treated as withdrawn by virtue of the provisions of Section 62 of the Act.
The Single judge bench of Justice A.K. Jayasankaran Nambiar noted that the service of an order through the web portal is one of the methods of service statutorily prescribed under Section 161(1)(c) and (d) of the SGST Act.
Therefore, the bench held that If that be so, then the petitioner cannot deny the fact of receipt of the order on 28.9.2019 for the purposes of filing the returns as contemplated under Section 62 of the SGST Act with a view to getting the assessment order withdrawn.
“In as much as the return filed by the petitioner for the period April and May 2019 was only on 30.10.2019 i.e. 71 days after the date of service of the assessment order through the web portal (20.8.2019), the petitioner cannot aspire to get the benefit of withdrawal of the assessment orders contemplated under Section 62 of the SGST Act,” the bench said while holding the assessment order valid.Subscribe Taxscan AdFree to view the Judgment