Summer Vacation 2020 cancelled by CESTAT

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a) The Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal ( CESTAT ) has cancelled the Summer Vacation 2020.

b) Consequent to lockdown declared by the Government of India, there has been no sitting of the Benches at the Principal Bench and in all Regional Benches of the Tribunal from 16 March 2020. The CESTAT President has, therefore, said that there will be no summer vacation for the year 2020.

c) Accordingly, the summer vacation declared for all the Benches stand cancelled. The Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) was created to provide an independent forum to hear the appeals against orders and decisions passed under the Customs Act 1962, Central Excise Act 1944 as amended from time to time.

d) The Tribunal is also having appellate jurisdiction in Anti Dumping matters and the Special Bench headed by the President, CEGAT, hears appeals against the orders passed by the Designated Authority in the Ministry of Commerce. The Tribunal also hears the appeals under the Service Tax, and the Tribunal has now been renamed as the Customs Excise & Service Tax Appellate Tribunal. CESTAT‘s headquarter is in New Delhi and is headed by the President.

e) The Tribunal is having regional Benches at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Chandigarh and Hyderabad.

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