Smart Roofing Private Limited vs. The State Tax Officer (Int) , Madurai
(Madras High Court, Tamilnadu)

Case Law
Petitioner / Applicant
Smart Roofing Private Limited
The State Tax Officer (Int) , Madurai
Madras High Court
Mar 30, 2022
Order No.
W.P.(MD) No.5720 of 2022 And W.M.P.(MD) No.4567 of 2022
TR Citation
2022 (3) TR 5548
Related HSN Chapter/s
Related HSN Code


The petitioner has challenged the impugned order dated 25.03.2022 in Form GST Mov-9 seeking to impose penalty of ₹ 2,50,387/- under CGST and SGST each, totally for a sum of ₹ 5,00,774/- under Section 129(3) of the CGST Act, 2017.

2.The petitioner had consigned the goods from its main place of business at Chennai to its additional place of business, Sastha Bombalan Modern Rice Mill, 3/237-B, Chintamani Road, Anuppandi, Madurai. This was not the additional place of business, as per the original registration certificate obtained by the petitioner on 02.08.2018. However, in the E-way bill and the delivery Challan, the petitioner had declared the consignee as 130, Ring Road Chintamani, Madurai, though the consignment was meant for being discharged at its new place of business at Sastha Mombalan Modern Rice Mill, 3/237-B, Chintamani Road, Anuppandi, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625 009. Under these circumstances, the consignment along with lorry was detained on 22.03.2022. A show cause notice dated 23.03.2022, to which the petitioner has replied on 25.03.2022, which has culminated in the impugned order dated 25.03.2022.

3.It is the specific case of the petitioner that there is no intention to evade tax as the petitioner has generated E-way bill by declaring the consignee as its additional place of business at No.130, Ring Road Chintamani, Madurai. It is further submitted that ex post facto, i.e., on the date of the petitioner has taken steps for amending the registration by including Sastha Mombalan Modern Rice Mill, 3/237-B, Chintamani Road, Anuppandi, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625 009 also as the additional place of business. It is submitted that the imposition of penalty under Section 129 (3) of the CGST and SGST is unwarranted under the circumstances.

4.Opposing the prayer, the learned Additional Government Pleader for the respondent submits that the petitioner has an alternate remedy under Section 107 of CGST Act, 2017/SGST Act, 2017 and therefore there is no merits in this writ petition.

5.I have considered the arguments advanced by the learned counsel for the petitioner and the learned Additional Government Pleader for the respondent.

6.No doubt, the authorities acting under the Act were justified in detaining the goods inasmuch as there is a wrong declaration in the E-way bill. However, the facts indicate that the consignor and the consignee are one and the same entity, namely, Head Office and the Branch Office. In this case, the petitioner has a new place of business, but had not altered the GST Registration. However, steps have been taken to ex post facto include the new place of business altering the GST Registration. The registration certificate has also been amended.

7.Considering the fact that there is only a technical breach committed by the petitioner and there is no intention to evade tax, I am inclined to quash the impugned order and allow this writ petition by directing the respondent to release the vehicle and the consignment to the petitioner, if the same has not been released already.

8.The writ petition is disposed of, in terms of the above observations. No costs. Consequently, connected miscellaneous petition is closed.

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