'Patience Of This Court Is Now Wearing Thin': Supreme Court Reprimands Centre For Failing To Submit Proposal To Monitor Litigation In Revenue Matters The Supreme Court remarked that the failure of the Union Government to come forward with any concrete response is wearing thin, and directed the Central Government to submit a concrete plan of action for monitoring the litany of litigation in revenue matters. The bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah stated that the idea to use technology to monitor revenue processes and litigation at all levels will ultimately promote the Revenue's legitimate objectives. The court remarked that appeals in revenue proceedings involving indirect taxation are being filed with a long delay on February 10th, while evaluating a special leave petition filed by the revenue department.
The court instructed the Centre to inform it of the steps that will be taken in this regard. It was noticed that the Union government, through the Department of Revenue, must find a solution to this condition of affairs by ensuring that matters that must be litigated are litigated with all necessary speed and that matters that are not worthy of being pursued are put to rest. The Solicitor General filed a note with the Court on February 15th. The bench also examined the need to use technological improvements in the process of monitoring revenue litigation throughout the hearing on that day. It ordered the centre to present a consolidated plan before the Court on the next day of listing, which would include technical modalities. Following that, the hearings were adjourned on the 15th of March 2021, the 18th of March 2021, the 23rd of March 2021, the 13th of April 2021, and the 20th of April 2021 as the Centre requested time to present the plan. When the case was heard last week, the bench found the Ministry of Finance's reluctance in the Department of Revenue to be inappropriate.
According to the court, the delay in responding to the court is inexcusable. "We give the Union Government one more and final chance to resolve the issue and appear before this Court with a concrete plan of action, beyond circulars, before we take the next step of issuing a contempt notice. We clarify that if no such proposal is made by the next date, the Court will be forced to use the coercive arm of the law against the officials implicated "The Court went on to say that The appeals will now be heard on August 20, 2021.
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