Honorable Patna High Court in the case of M/s Manshi Automobiles Vs. Union of India and others {Civil Writ Jurisdiction Case No.444 of 2022} comes heavily upon the department by disposing off the writ petition and said that the order passed without being given opportunity of being heard is bad in law . It is also observed that the assessing officer can not determine the tax payable by passing ex parte order and also without assigning proper reason and records of such determination .
Some relevant part of the court’s observation : “Having heard learned counsel for the parties as also perused the record made available, we are of the considered view that this Court, notwithstanding the statutory remedy, is not precluded from interfering where, ex facie, we form an opinion that the order is bad in law. This we say so, for two reasons- (a) violation of principles of natural justice, i.e. Fair opportunity of hearing. No sufficient time was afforded to the petitioner to represent his case; (b) order passed ex parte in nature, does not assign any sufficient reasons even decipherable from the record, as to how the officer could determine the amount due and payable by the assessee. The order, ex parte in nature, passed in violation of the principles of natural justice, entails civil consequences”.

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