COMMISSIONER OF CENTRAL EXCISE, CUSTOMS AND SERVICE TAX, CALICUT Vs. M/S. CERA BOARDS AND DOORS, KANNUR KERALA
LAWS(SC)-2020-8-26
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Decided on August 19,2020

Commissioner Of Central Excise, Customs And Service Tax, Calicut Appellant
VERSUS
M/S. Cera Boards And Doors, Kannur Kerala Respondents




JUDGEMENT

V.RAMASUBRAMANIAN, J. - (1.)Introduction
All the appeals on hand are by the Commissioners of Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax of different Commissionerates, filed under Section 35L(1)(b) of the Central Excise Act, 1944 (hereinafter referred to as "the Act"), questioning the correctness of the orders passed by Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal, South Zonal Bench at Bangalore (CESTAT) in seven different batches of cases, but arising out of similar facts and raising identical questions.

(2.)For the purpose of convenience, the facts out of which the first batch of cases in Civil Appeal Nos. 7240-7248 of 2009 (which we may call the lead case) arise, are recorded in detail. The facts in the other batches of cases are brought on record in brief and to the extent that they have some distinguishing features. As a matter of fact, the batch of cases relating to the assessee by name, M/s. CERA Boards and Doors (the respondents in Civil Appeal Nos. 7240-7248 of 2009), was decided first by CESTAT. Thereafter, CESTAT decided the other 6 batches of cases on the basis of the ratio laid down in CERA Boards. This is why Civil Appeal Nos. 7240-7248 of 2009 are taken as the lead case.
Facts in Civil Appeal Nos. 7240-7248 of 2009

(3.)M/s. CERA Boards and Doors, Kannur, which is the assessee concerned in this batch of cases, admittedly manufactures plywood/block boards. Searches were conducted by the Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) at their factory premises at Kannur, Kerala and their depot at Bangalore, on 17.10.2002 and on subsequent days. Searches were also conducted at the residences of the partners of the firm, the residences of some of their employees and the premises of some of their dealers.
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