The Ministry of Finance through the CBEC, vide Circular Ref. F. No. 390/Misc./163/2010-JC dt. 17th Dec., 2015 has issued certain instructions as below :
Appeals By Department
The threshold limit for For Filing Appeals under Service Tax & Customs Cases Before CESTAT and High Courts is enhanced to Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh, Respectively.
This Has Been Done to Reduce Unnecessary Litigations by Department .No change of Limit under Excise .
Pre Show Cause Notice Consultation
Pre-show cause notice consultation at the level of principal commissioner and commissioner has been made mandatory in all cases where duty involved is above Rs.50 lakh
Manner of Passing A Proper Order
Zonal chief commissioners and principal commissioners have been directed to hold monthly, or bi-monthly, meetings with all adjudicating and appellate authorities in their respective zone and advise them on how to pass proper orders
Hope , this time , it will really work . Since, such directives have had been passed but litigation and orders remained as such .
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