COVID-19 Effect: ITAT and CESTAT to take up urgent matters only
Income tax Appellate Tribunal will hold only urgent hearings amid the Covid-19 spread and its impact on the health and welfare of people.
Considering the developing situation and in light of notification of Hon’ble Supreme Court Dated 13th March 2020, ITAT deemed fit to take certain precautionary measures at all India Level to check the spread of Novel Coronavirus ( COVID-19) epidemic.
Following steps are directed to be taken at all India level starting immediately by ITAT:-
a. that the functioning of benches for a period from 17th March 2020 to 27th March 2020 shall be restricted to urgent matters only.
b. that the authorized representatives or parties in person may mention their matters showing their urgency before the concerned Bench and upon the satisfaction of the urgency, the bench shall here such matters.
c. all other routine matters would stand adjourned and advocates/Chartered Accontants/ Practitioners or assess need not be present in person for seeking an adjournment on the respective date of hearing.
d. the adjourned dates of hearings for cases shall be notified to the respective local ITAT Bar Association, and the office of the respective CIT(Admn) in DR’s office. ITAT bar association shall ensure its wide circulation
Also, Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT), for the safety of staff and visitors has mandated that all staff and visitors shall be screened using the digital infrared thermometer before entering the office.
Hand sanitizers shall be made available at the screening place, in all sections and in the chambers of all officers.
Any staff or visitor found to have any one of the symptoms of COVID-19 shall be returned.
All intra communications between staff in the office shall be made through intercom/telephone. Office telecom numbers shall be displayed at the entrance to enable the public to make enquiries.
For the detailed info regarding the CESTAT notice click here: http://www.cestatnew.gov.in/uploads/writereaddata/Delhi/docs/OM%20dated%2016032020.pdf
For the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal Notice click here: https://www.itat.gov.in/files/uploads/categoryImage/1584359888-itat-order-160320.pdf