SC paves way for trial against RIL in 1987 excise evasion case
By Team Legistify / 2017-09-14

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The Supreme Court has paved the way for the trial against the Reliance Industries Ltd in a three- decade old case relating to alleged evasion of excise duty.

The apex court set aside the October 2015 order of the Gujarat High Court by which it had discharged the company saying that since one of the provisions of Central Excise Rules, 1944, was omitted in 1994 without prescribing any saving clause, the proceedings cannot continue.

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A bench comprising Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and U U Lalit said “the charge against the respondent (Reliance Industries Ltd) is of evasion of duty. The ingredient of the offence is the evasion”.“The omission of a procedural rule for availing the credit cannot in any manner affect the said charge.


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