Writ jurisdiction against assessment order non-applicable on availability of alternate remedy: HC

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Writ jurisdiction

Case Details: Pride Constructions v. Deputy/Assistant Commissioner of STGST, Nellore - [2022] 139 taxmann.com 465 (Andhra Pradesh)

Judiciary and Counsel Details

    • Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Ms. B.S. Bhanumathi, JJ.
    • S. Suribabu, Adv. for the Petitioner. 
    • Y.N. Vivekananda, Government Pleader for the Respondent.

Facts of the Case

The petitioner entered into an agreement with the land owner to develop 25 flats and in consideration thereof, he would receive 11 flats whereas the land owner would get 14 flats. The assessment order was passed against the petitioner raising demand of GST on services rendered under the development agreement.

The petitioner filed writ petition and challenged the impugned assessment order of levying GST on Transferable Development Rights in respect of joint development of land and construction of flats on it on the ground that all the objections raised by the petitioner were rejected.

High Court Held

The Honorable High Court observed that the Assessing Authority had given vivid reasons as to why the objections of the assessee were rejected. As per the decision of Hon’ble Supreme Court in Asstt. CST v. Commercial Steel Ltd. [2021] 130 taxmann.com 180/88 GST 799, a party can move before High Court, when alternative remedy is available if:

    • a breach of fundamental rights;
    • a violation of the principles of natural justice;
    • an excess of jurisdiction; or
    • a challenge to the vires of the statute or delegated legislation.

However, in the instant case, the petitioner could not satisfy any of the circumstances enumerated above and there was an effective alternative remedy before the appellate authority. Therefore, the Court held that the matter would not require any interference and petition was liable to be dismissed.

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