MOTI LAMINATES PRIVATE LIMITED Vs. UNION OF INDIA
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
MOTI LAMINATES PRIVATE LIMITED
UNION OF INDIA
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(1.)The issue of classification has become final insofar as this appeal is concerned inasmuch as the judgment of the High Court was challenged by the Revenue belatedly and the special Leave Petition was dismissed. In an unconnected appeal to this Court, the issue that was raised was identical to the issue raised before the High Court in this appeal and this Court reversed the view taken by the High Court. It is submitted by learned counsel for the respondent (Revenue) that, therefore, we should dismiss the claim of the appellant to refund the excise duty that it paid. In that behalf, reliance is placed upon the judgment of this court in M/s. Shenoy and Co. v. Commercial Tax Officer, Circle II, bangalore, (1985) 2 SCC 512. It is also submitted that we should not interfere in a case like this under Article 136.
(2.)In the first place, in the judgment in the case of M/s. Shenoy and co. , several writ petitions raising the plea of unconstitutionality had been allowed by the High Court by a common judgment and a mandamus was issued to the respondent-State. The respondent-State preferred an appeal only against one of the writ petitioners. This Court, employing the provisions of Article 141, held that the mandamus issued by the High Court was rendered ineffective in the case of all the writ petitions. That judgment can have no application to the facts of the case before us, which facts we have already indicated.
(3.)Equally, there is no substance in the contention that we should not interfere under Article 136. The judgment of the High Court having become final, the assessee is entitled to a refund of excise duty ordered thereby, such refund, to be considered by the authorities in the light of the statute, as amended, and the judgment of this Court in the case of Mafatlal Indus tries Ltd. v. Union of India and others, (1997 (5) SCC 536).
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