HC imposed cost on GST Department for non-appearance and non-filing of counter-affidavit

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In M/s. Anand and Anand v. Union of India & Ors. [W.P.(C) 2354/2021 & CM APPL. 6889/2021, decided on May 24, 2021], the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi imposed the cost of Rs. 20,000 on Audit-I and GST EAST (“the Respondents”) for non-appearance and non-filing of the counter-affidavit.

Stated that if the Respondent wishes to file a counter-affidavit, cost of Rs. 20,000/- will have to be deposited with the Delhi High Court Bar Association (“the DHCBA”). The DHCBA will use the money towards welfare measures that have been put in place, for advocates, enrolled with it.

Further, directed the Respondent to file counter-affidavit within the next five weeks subject to payment of cost of Rs. 20,000/- and listed the matter on August 25, 2021.

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