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Delhi High Court Reserves Order in Plea Challenging Levy of IGST on Import of Oxygen Concentration as a Gift for Personal use

Lawstreet Journal 21 May 2021 7:11pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Delhi High Court Reserves Order in Plea Challenging Levy of IGST on Import  of Oxygen Concentration as a Gift for Personal use

The Delhi High Court reserved its decision on Tuesday (May 18, 2021) in an 85-year-old man's petition challenging the imposition of IGST on the import of oxygen generators as a gift for personal use into India.

The petitioner is contesting a notification issued by the Ministry of Finance on May 1, 2021, stating that the oxygen concentrator would be subject to a 12% IGST.

After hearing Amicus Curiae Senior Senior Advocate Arvind Datar and Senior Advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, as well as Advocates Siddharth Bambha, Shyam D Nandan, and Mr. Chirag Ahluwalia appearing on behalf of the petitioner, a division bench comprised of Justice Rajiv Shakdher and Justice Talwant Singh reserved orders in the plea.

The Delhi High Court has appointed Arvind Datar as an Amicus Curiae in a case seeking GST exemption for oxygen concentration.

The petitioner argued that the imposition of any kind of levy by the state on the import of Oxygen/Oxygen generators or Concentrators for personal use abridges the said invaluable right, and that such imposition should be overturned as a violation of Art 21.

During the previous course of hearing, the Court stated that, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, the Centre should consider granting IGST exemption for oxygen concentrators imported for individual use as a gift.

On May 3, 2021, the Centre granted IGST exemption for oxygen concentrators imported by the State Government or through any entity, relief agency, or statutory body authorised by the State Government. This exemption is valid until June 30th.

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