High court judges, experts brainstorm on likely GST litigations
With the Goods and Services Tax in place, 20 judges from 12 high courts brainstormed with experts and top government officials on identifying grey areas in the new regime that may throw up litigations in coming days.
Top domain experts and officials from the GST Intelligence and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) briefed judges about the new tax system recently, according to documents available in the public domain.
The deliberations took place at a recent national judicial conference for high court judges on the GST regime organised by the Bhopal-based National Judicial Academy.
Topics ranging from ‘potential areas of conflict and litigation under GST’ to ‘comparative analysis of concepts: GST vis-a-vis Central Excise, Service Tax and VAT’, were discussed.
The conference assumes significance as litigations have already started surfacing before various courts.
During the 3-day exercise, judges from Allahabad, Andhra Pradesh, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Madras high courts interacted with nine resource persons on various issues related to the GST set-up.
The resources persons included officials from GST Intelligence and CBEC drawn from across India, according to the documents.
A senior law ministry official said the Academy had discussed the GST issue in one of its programmes in 2015. ‘The academy had been sensitising judiciary about the new tax regime,’ he said.
Last week, the Delhi High Court had asked the Centre that if bindi, sindoor and kajal are kept out of the ambit of the GST, why cannot the sanitary napkin, which is an essential item, be exempted.