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SC consents to look into tax authorities' power to arrest individual for GST evasion

The Supreme Court's vacation bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Aniruddha Bose said that different high courts had taken different views in granting anticipatory bail to individuals accused of GST evasion and therefore, it needs to decide the question of law on the power of arrest.

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SC consents to look into tax authorities' power to arrest individual for GST evasion
The Supreme Court Wednesday agreed to examine the powers of tax authorities to arrest an individual for Goods and Services Tax (GST) evasion.

The Supreme Court Wednesday agreed to examine the powers of tax authorities to arrest an individual for Goods and Services Tax (GST) evasion.

A vacation bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Aniruddha Bose issued a notice to the Centre and sought its reply on a batch of pleas challenging the provision of arrest under the CGST Act.

Also Read: GST evasion cases: SC dismisses plea challenging Telangana HC verdict

The bench said that different high courts had taken different views in granting anticipatory bail to individuals accused of GST evasion and therefore, it needs to decide the question of law on the power of arrest.

The bench also asked all the high courts to keep in mind, while dealing with grant of anticipatory bail in GST evasion cases, its earlier order by which it had upheld the Telangana High Court verdict which had said that individuals can't be given protection from arrest in such cases.

The bench listed the batch of petitions before a three-judge bench to decide the question of law on the power of arrest.

Also Read:GST Act violation: Madras HC dismisses advance bail pleas

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