BAY FORGE LTD. Vs. ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER
LAWS(MAD)-2020-9-477
HIGH COURT OF MADRAS
Decided on September 16,2020

Bay Forge Ltd. Appellant
VERSUS
ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER Respondents

JUDGEMENT

- (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 higher authorities.
(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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