The honorable Jharkhand High Court in the case of M/s Narsingh Ispat Limited Vs. Union of India has held that the interest liability under GST can not be imposed without carrying out adjudication proceedings. Some of the observation of the court is as under :

“It has been held that if an Assessee disputes the liability of interest i.e. either disputes its calculation or even the leviability of interest, then the only option left for the Assessing Officer is to initiate proceeding either under Section 74 or 74 of the Act for adjudication of the liability of interest. In the present case, petitioner has disputed the interest liability by filing reply. Respondent had also indicated that in case petitioner fails to deposit the amount of tax and interest by 05.02.2020, show-cause notice under section 73(1) shall be issued. Respondent have themselves failed to follow the procedure stipulated under the Act as indicated by them in Form GST DRC-01A containing the intimation of the tax ascertained against the petitioner. Summary of the Order has been issued upon the petitioner in Form GST DRC-07 on his GSTN portal without following the principles of natural justice.”

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