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Law officers’ appointment by revenue dept under SC lens

Appointment of law officers by the revenue department came under scrutiny of the Supreme Court on Monday as it said that the tax cases must be drafted and dealt

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: September 25, 2012 1:31:55 am

Appointment of law officers by the revenue department came under scrutiny of the Supreme Court on Monday as it said that the tax cases must be drafted and dealt with by competent hands in order to ensure there was no “revenue leakage.”

“We think law officers are being appointed on different considerations and not on the basis of their legal knowledge. Why don’t you appoint only such law officers who are conversant with the legal knowledge and can draft the petitions well? You must give cases to such law officers who are true professionals,” a Bench led by Chief Justice S H Kapadia told the Centre.

The court was hearing a case wherein it had indicted “inordinate delays” by the revenue department in challenging the tax orders going in favour of private parties. It had also sought intervention of the finance and law ministers into this “peculiar phenomenon” so as to check the loss of government revenue.

While adjudicating a tax dispute filed by the director of IT International Taxation,Mumbai,against Citibank for recovery of around Rs 90 crore,the Bench had expressed its displeasure at the lethargy of the tax department and its legal administration in promptly filing the appeals and had sought a response from ASG Mohan Parasaran.

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