GST virus is more dangerous than corona virus and the same has effected all the small traders of the country including the CA and tax practitioners, says Dr Ashok Saraf during an argue of a PIL in connection with the failure of GST portal.
The Federation & Tax Bar Association on Saturday filed a PIL with regard to filing of Form GSTR 9 & 9C and the technical glitches and non functioning of GST portal came up today for motion hearing before a division bench of the Gauhati High Court comprising the Chief Justice Mr. Ajay Lamba and Mr. Justice Soumitra Saikia. Dr. Ashok Saraf, Senior Advocate assisted by a team of lawyers including Mr. Suman Chetia, Mr. Amit Goyal, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Sureka advocates appeared before the Court and argued the case for nearly 45 minutes.
Dr Saraf submitted before the Court that the CA and tax practitioners ( TP ) are going to temples for performing pujas so that the GST portal may work.
Dr. Saraf also in the lighter side submitted that the people are not willing to give their daughters for marriage to the CAs and TPs as they know that the family life shall be ruined as the CA and TP shall only be busy in trying to upload the papers in GST portal.
Dr. Saraf also referred to various screen shots of GST portal to convince the Court that the GST portal is non functional most of the time. Dr. Saraf submitted that non functioning of GST portal is intentional by some unscrupulous people so that they may take advantage by taking GST refunds.
The Court appreciated the submissions but observed that since the date has already been extended, no interim order can be passed today. However the court directed the petitioners to submit a representation to the authority by today itself by e-mail and a copy shall be given to S C Kayal , ASG seeking extension of time for 30 days.
The court further directed that on such representation being submitted, the authority shall consider for extending the date for one month for NE region.
Inspite of repeated requests made to make the above observation applicable for the entire country, the Court observed that since the jurisdiction of the court is only NE region, the Court cannot pass an order for the entire Country.