Asked to pay up Rs 156.34 crore by the state, JSW Steel Ltd, on Tuesday, said that the matter is in the court as the company has challenged the demand notice issued by the transport department.
The company in a press statement said that it has filed a writ petition before the Goa bench of the High Court of Bombay challenging the applicability of the Goa Rural Improvement and Welfare Cess Act, 2000 on goods transported by rail and the issuance of a show-cause notice dated September 29, 2020, for non-payment of the cess to the tune of Rs 156.34 crore.
“The case came up for admission on October 22, 2020, and was heard on preliminary issues. JSW defended the challenge on maintainability of the petition by stating that the constitutional vires of the Act were being challenged in the instant case, which did not require the issuance of any particular notice,” says the press communiqué.
The case is posted for further hearing on November 26. As per the transport department’s notice, JSW Steel has to pay Rs 156.34 crore dues within 15 days or face action ranging from fine and imprisonment for two years.
JSW Steel had transported 3,12,69,986 tonnes of coal/ coke between 2014 and July 2018 into the state at entry point of MPT which is liable for levy of cess at Rs 50 per tonne.