BAY FORGE LTD. Vs. ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER
HIGH COURT OF MADRAS
Bay Forge Ltd.
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(1.) With the consent of both the parties, the present Writ Petition is heard today through Video Conferencing.
(2.) The issue involved in this Writ Petition is that the impugned proceeding is made on the basis of the Audit Reports/Inspection
Proposals proceeded from the Enforement Wing or from ISIC
Authorities. Among other grounds, the petitioner herein has raised
a ground that the Assessing Officer, who is a Quasi Judicial
Authority, has not independently applied his mind while dealing with
the impugned proceedings, but had adopted the reports and
proposals of the Enforcement Wing/ISIC Authorities, who are their
(3.) This ground raised by the petitioner has been upheld by this Court in various Writ Petitions holding that the Assessing Officer
cannot be solely guided by the proposal given by the Enforcement
Wing Officers and that the Assessing Officer has to independently
consider the same, without being influenced by such proposals of
the higher officials. Some of the decisions in which such a view has
been taken are in the cases of Madras Granites (P) Ltd., Vs. Commercial Tax Officer and Another reported in 2006 (146) STC 642 (MAD) and Narasus Roller Flour Mills Vs. Commercial
Tax Office, (Enforcement Wing), Sankagiri and another
reported in 2015 (81) VST 560 (MAD).;
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