CESTAT to set up circuit bench in city

CESTAT to set up  circuit bench in city

Hyderabad: Growing demand coupled with increasing litigation, Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate...

SestaHyderabad: Growing demand coupled with increasing litigation, Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) is all set to establish 'circuit bench' in Hyderabad in July, according to Justice G Raghuram, President, CESTAT. Responding to felicitation on assuming CESTAT President by FAPCCI here on Saturday, Justice G Raghuram agreed the need for having a CESTAT permanent bench at Hyderabad. "It may be difficult to operate circuit bench on a regular basis, but I propose to conduct the proceedings of circuit bench in July for a week " Justice Raghuram told The Hans India. "The proposal for permanent bench at Hyderabad was already cleared along with two more benches by revenue secretary and the file is now pending with the expenditure secretary," he further said adding that the file will be cleared early enabling the announcement by the government. At present there is a demand for four benches by different states, but CESTAT has decided to establish three benches including Hyderabad bench. As of now, the Karnataka bench also maintains the jurisdiction of Andhra Pradesh matters, but the industry finding it difficult. To substantiate the demand for separate bench for Andhra Pradesh, S Thrumalai, Adviser, Fapcci's indirect taxes committee pointed out that as on February 2013 there are over 12,000 pending appeals and over 3,600 stay applications and over 40 per cent are from Andhra Pradesh. In a significant gesture, Fapcci has also offered premises for locating the bench till other arrangements are made. In his welcome address, Devendra Surana, President, Fapcci said though Service Tax Voluntary Compliance scheme introduced with a view to reduce litigation, but there is a bid of lacuna in it.
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