Dismissed guilty plea for decision to pay interest in service tax case against Ganguly

On December 14, 2020, the Kolkata-based Court of Customs, Excise and Service Appeals (Eastern Region Branch) requested Ganguly, former Chairman of the Cricket Board of India, to return the demanded amount and the corresponding interests.

The Calcutta High Court has dismissed the Service Tax Commissioner’s appeal against the Court’s order to pay interest in the case of Sourav Ganguly, a former captain of the Indian cricket team. The court, in its order, had asked Ganguly to repay the amount wrongly collected as service tax along with the interest and asked that the interest be returned to Ganguly, the former Chairman of the Cricket Board of India.,

The Department of Revenue challenged this order in the High Court. Judge TS Sivagnanam and Judge Hiranmoy Bhattacharya said there was no point in considering the appeal. This issue is over a decade old. Ganguly received a demonstrative cause notice on September 26, 2011. The notice asked him to pay service tax for brand promotion. The Service Tax required in the justification notice was confirmed by the Service Tax Commissioner in his November 2012 decision.

It also addresses the payment of interest and fines. Ganguly deposited Rs 1,51,66,500 on 26 Feb 2014 and paid Rs 50 lakh in March 2014 as per the provisional order of the High Court. On June 30, 2016, the High Court, at the request of the former captain of the Indian cricket team, said that he is entitled not only to the amount paid, but also to an interest rate of 10%. After challenging the revenue department’s order, the court said in February 2017 that Ganguly should bring his case to court, and the single court erred in considering the petition.

Ganguly then filed an appeal with the court. Accepting Ganguly’s appeal, the court ordered to repay the amount along with interest on February 9, 2021. Thereafter, the Revenue Department challenged the order to pay interest to the former cricketer at the Division Bench. The court said earlier this week that it was not clear what is the point of filing an appeal when the interest has already been paid. Rs 59,85,338 was returned to Ganguly as interest.

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