COMMISSIONER OF CENTRAL EXCISE, INDORE Vs. M/S GRASIM INDUSTRIES LTD
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
COMMISSIONER OF CENTRAL EXCISE, INDORE
M/S Grasim Industries Ltd
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(1.) By order dated 30.7.2009 the following questions have been referred for consideration by a larger Bench in terms of which the matters have been posted before us.
"1. Whether Section 4 of the Central Excise Act, 1944 (as substituted with effect from 01.07.2000) and the definition of "Transaction Value" in Clause (d) of sub-Section (3) of Section 4 are subject to Section 3 of the Act
2. Whether Sections 3 and 4 of the Central Excise Act, despite being interlinked, operate in different fields and what is their real scope and ambit
3. Whether the concept of "Transaction Value" makes any material departure from the deemed normal price concept of the erstwhile Section 4(1)(a) of the Act -
(2.) The facts in brief are as follows:
The respondents-assessees are manufacturers of dissolved and compressed industrial gases and allied products. These gases are transported and supplied to the customers in tonners, cylinders, carboys, paper cones and HDPE bags, BIBs, pipeline and canisters, which may be more conveniently referred to as Containers. Some container items are provided by the assessees and in some instances the customers bring their own cylinders/containers. For providing the containers, the assessees charge the customers certain amounts under different heads. These amounts are not reflected in the sale invoices for the purpose of computation of assessable value. The assessees treat the said amounts as their income from ancillary or allied ventures.
(3.) The issue arising in all these appeals is whether the aforesaid charges are liable to be taken into account for determination of value for the purpose of levy of duty in terms of Section 4 of the Central Excise Act, 1944 (hereinafter referred to as "the Act") as amended with effect from 1.7.2000.;
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