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Modi Spinning and Weaving Mills Co. Ltd. Vs. Commissioner of Income-tax, Punjab and anr. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectSales Tax
CourtSupreme Court of India
Decided On
Judge
Reported inAIR1965SC957; (1965)67PLR372; [1965]1SCR592; [1965]16STC310(SC)
ActsPunjab General Sales Tax Act, 1948 - Sections 5(2) and 15; Constitution of India - Article 286(3); Punjab General Sales Tax (Amendment) Act, 1959
AppellantModi Spinning and Weaving Mills Co. Ltd.
RespondentCommissioner of Income-tax, Punjab and anr.
Excerpt:
.....was held that the old registration certificate even though it did not contain the words 'in the state of punjab' would stand impliedly modified by the section, the rule, and form s.t. xxii operating together.b) the case questioned whether the provision of the punjab general sales tax act, 1948 act that provided the rate of tax higher than the minimum rates provided under section 14 and 15 of the central sales-tax act , became inoperative - it was held that the impugned provisions in the state act could not be said to be improperly enacted - the effect of the central act was only to modify the provision of the state act without destroying it. - section 62: [b.n. agrawal & g.s. singhvi, jj] election right of negative voting petition for direction to election commission to make..........dealer to declare in respect of the goods that they were for the purpose of 'manufacture in the state punjab for sale'. unfortunately, though the section and the rule contemplated the certificate of registration also to be amended in the same manner, the certificate in form s.t. iii was not amended till a government notification dated september 29, 1961 prescribed the new form, that is to say, after the period of assessment in the present case. the company, therefore, held a certificate of registration in which there was no condition that the goods were for use by the dealer 'in the manufacture in the state of punjab of goods for sale.' the underlined words were not present in the old certificate which the company held. 7. the contention of the company is that according to the.....
Judgment:

Hidayatullah, J.

1. This appeal by certificate against the judgment of the High Court of Punjab at Chandigarh dated February 18, 1963 questions the inclusion of certain items in the turn-over of Messrs. Modi Spinning & Weaving Mills Co. Ltd., Modinagar in the assessment of sales-tax for the year 1959-60. In that year the Company filed a return of its sales showing a gross turn-over of Rs. 40,89,954.24 nP. and a taxable turn-over of Rs. 1,30,296.81 nP. In computing the taxable turn-over the Company deducted Rs. 10,85,842.74 nP. on account of unginned cotton purchased by it on a certificate of registration granted to it on January 3, 1956. This deduction was not permitted by the Assessing Authority, Patiala District, also described as the District Taxation Officer, Patiala District. Exemption from tax was also claimed in respect of purchases of oil seeds amounting to Rs. 4,47,437.33 nP. which the Company claimed to exclude from the taxable turn-over under s. 5(2)(a)(ii) of the Punjab General Sales Tax Act, 1948. This claim was also disallowed by the Taxing Authority. The Company then filed a petition under Articles 226 and 227 of the Constitution in the High Court but by the order under appeal the petition was dismissed. In the course of the hearing Mr. G. S. Pathak abandoned the claim about oil seeds and no reference need, therefore, be made to that part of the case.

2. The tax is being levied under the Punjab General Sales Tax Act, 1948 (XLVI of 1948). This Act was amended from time to time and the amendments with which we are concerned were last made by Punjab Act XIII of 1959. Section 2(i) defines the 'turn-over' as including the aggregate of the 'amounts of the sales and purchases and parts of sales and purchases actually made by any dealer' during a given period less any sums allowable as trade discount. Section 4 lays down the incidence of tax and makes every dealer whose turn-over exceeds the taxable quantum liable to tax. In view of the fact that the turn-over of the Company exceeds the taxable quantum there is no need to discuss the section in detail. The section lays down the definition of taxable quantum and the Company is within that definition. Section 5 then provides as follows :-

'5. Rate of tax.

(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, there shall be levied on the taxable turn-over every year of a dealer a tax at such rates not exceeding four naye paise in a rupee as the State Government may by notification direct :

Provided ..............

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Provided further that the rate of tax shall not exceed two any paise in a rupee in respect of any declared goods as defined in clause (c) of section 2 of the Central Sales Tax Act, 1956, and such tax shall not be levied on the purchase or sale of such goods at more than one stage : (This was inserted with effect from 1st April, 1960 by Act No. 18 of 1960).

Provided ............................

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(2) In this Act the expression 'taxable turn-over' means that part of a dealer's gross turn-over during any period which remains after deducting therefrom -

(a) his turn-over during that period on -

(i) ................

(ii) sales to a registered dealer of goods declared by him in a prescribed form as being intended for re-sale in the Sate of Punjab or sale in the course of inter-State trade or commerce or sale in the course of export of goods out of the territory of India or of goods specified in his certificate of registration for the use by him in the manufacture in the State of Punjab of any goods for sale and on sales to a registered dealer of containers or other materials for the packing of such goods :

Provided that in case of such sales, a declaration duly filled up and signed by the registered dealer to whom the goods are sold and containing prescribed particulars on a prescribed form is furnished by the dealer who sells the goods :

Provided further that when such goods are used by the dealer to whom these are sold for purposes other than those for which these were sold to him, he shall be liable to pay tax on the purchase thereof at the rate of tax leviable on the sale of such goods, notwithstanding that such purchase is not covered by clause (ff) of section 2;

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3. The registration of dealers is provided by s. 7 which provides inter alia :

'7. Registration of dealers.

(1) No dealer shall, while being liable to pay tax under this Act, carry on business as a dealer unless he has been registered and possesses a registration certificate.

(2) Every dealer required by sub-section (1) to be registered shall make application in this behalf in the prescribed manner to the prescribed authority.

(3) If the said authority is satisfied that an application for registration is in order, he shall, in accordance with such rules and on payment of such fees as may be prescribed, register the applicant and grant him a certificate of registration in the prescribed form which may specify the class or classes of goods for the purposes of sub-cause (ii) of clause (a) of subsection (2) of section 5.

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4. Section 5(2)(a)(ii) was substituted by Act No. 13 of 1959. The words underlined in it were inserted with effect from April 20, 1959 by Punjab Act No. 18 of 1960.

5. When s. 5(2)(a)(ii) was amended by the addition of the words 'in the State of Punjab', which did not formerly exist, rule 26 of the Punjab General Sales Tax Rules, 1949 was also amended. Rule 26, amended by virtue of various notifications (last being on 29th September, 1961), reads as follows :-

'26. A dealer, who wishes to deduct from his turnover the amount in respect of a sale on the ground that he is entitled to make such deduction under the provisions of sub-clause (ii) of clause (a) of sub-section (2) of section 5 of the Act, shall on demand, produce in respect of such a sale the copy of the relevant cash memo or bill, according as the sale is a cash sale or a sale on credit, and a declaration in writing Form S.T. XXII by the purchasing dealer or by his agent, that the goods in question are intended for re-sale in the State of Punjab or such goods are specified in his certificate of registration for use by him in the manufacture in the Sate of Punjab of any goods for sale.'

6. Though the words 'in Form S.T. XXII' to the end were inserted as far back as June 28, 1955 the words 'in the State of Punjab' were inserted on February 1, 1960 after the passing of Act 13 of 1959. Form S.T. XXII was altered on February 1, 1960. That Form is for declarations to be furnished by registered dealers purchasing goods from another registered dealer for exemption of tax under rule 26 read with s. 5 of the Act quoted above. Form S.T. XXII required the dealer to declare in respect of the goods that they were for the purpose of 'manufacture in the State Punjab for sale'. Unfortunately, though the section and the rule contemplated the certificate of registration also to be amended in the same manner, the certificate in Form S.T. III was not amended till a Government Notification dated September 29, 1961 prescribed the new Form, that is to say, after the period of assessment in the present case. The Company, therefore, held a certificate of registration in which there was no condition that the goods were for use by the dealer 'in the manufacture in the State of Punjab of goods for sale.' The underlined words were not present in the old certificate which the Company held.

7. The contention of the Company is that according to the certificate granted to it there was no condition that cotton purchased under that certificate should be subjected to manufacture in the Punjab. The case of the Company was that it purchased raw cotton for manufacture and ginned it in its ginning mills in the Punjab and sent the bales to Modinagar in Uttar Pradesh for manufacture of cloth in the Company's mills situated there. It was thus claimed that the purchases of cotton were free of tax under s. 5 (2)(a)(ii) of the Sale Tax Act. Alternatively, it was submitted that if the section required that the manufacture should be in the Punjab, then as the raw cotton was ginned in the Punjab that condition was satisfied. It was claimed that ginning of cotton was a manufacturing process which turned raw cotton into ginned cotton. It was thus contended that the requirements of the section were also fulfilled. A third argument was that there could be no tax because the charging section (s. 5) of the Sales Tax Act was not complete after its amendments in 1959 because the section and the amended rules required a modified certificate of registration which was not issued as the Form was not prescribed. Lastly, it was contended that Sections 4 and 5 of the Act provided for tax at 4% (4 paise per rupee) which was in conflict with the provisions of Sections 14 and 15 of the Central Sales Tax Act, 1956 which created a maximum limit and must, therefore, be held to be inoperative.

8. All the arguments (except the last) that are raised in this case are based on the unfortunate omission to prescribe a new certificate of registration in line with the amended section and the amended rule and to issue it. The Company admitted that though it purchased the goods (raw cotton) in the Punjab, ginned the cotton in its ginning mills in the Punjab, it sent the bales to its spinning and weaving mills situated at Modinagar in the State of Uttar Pradesh for purposes of manufacture of cloth. It was admitted before us in the arguments (as indeed it was narrated in the facts in two writ petitions which were filed under Art. 32 but were withdrawn at the hearing of this appeal) that the ginned cotton bales were not sold but were used for manufacture of cloth outside the State of Punjab.

9. The Company is wrong in reading the certificate of registration by itself. Sections 5 and 7 have to be read with rule 26 and Form S.T. XXII, the declaration. So read the old registration certificate even though it did not contain the words 'in the State of Punjab' would stand impliedly modified by the sections, the rule and Form S.T. XXII operating together. The Company had to comply with the Act and the Rules and could not shelter behind the unamended certificate. We have to consider whether the Company complied with the Act and the Rules in the present case. Many rulings were cited to us as to the meaning of the word 'manufacture' to establish that ginning of raw cotton may in a sense be called a manufacturing process. We are not required in this case to decide this because s. 5(2)(a)(ii) provides that the goods specified in the certificate of registration must be for the use of the dealer 'in the manufacture in the State of Punjab of any goods for sale'. There are three conditions involved : the first is that they must be for the use of the dealer; the second is they must be for manufacture in the State of Punjab; and the third is that the manufacture must result in goods for sale. It is not necessary to decide whether the sale should also be in the Punjab for the reason that no sale as required took place. The exemption could only be claimed if the Company satisfied all the three conditions. The last condition does not appear to be fulfilled in this case. The words 'for sale' show the quality of goods and it is clear the goods that are manufactured in the Punjab must be for sale. According to the section the section the goods which are the result of manufacture must be for sale and not for use by the manufacture in some manufacture outside the State resulting in different goods. The goods which the Company manufactured in the State of Punjab were bales of ginned cotton and they were admittedly not for sale because they were sent to its spinning & weaving mills in Uttar Pradesh. The exemption, therefore, could not be claimed in view of the fact that all the requirements of the section were not complied with.

10. The contention that the charging section is incomplete without the prescription of the proper Form for the certificate of registration need not detain us. We have already shown that the old Form must be deemed to be modified and even otherwise the section and the Rules did not depend on the new Form. They were complete and effective. The registration certificate was only the evidence that the Company was a registered dealer for purposes of certain commodities to be used in manufacture, one of them being cotton. The omission to prescribe the new Form or to issue it did not render s. 5 and the Rules ineffective.

11. Mr. G. S. Pathak then raised the contention that s. 5(1) which prescribes the maximum rate of 4 nP. in the rupee as the tax must fail in view of Sections 14 and 15 of the Central Sales Tax Act. He pointed out that the second proviso to s. 5(1) was added with effect from April 1, 1960 only and before that date the section could not operate. Section 14 of the Central Sales Tax Act declares certain goods to be of special importance in inter-state trade or commerce and mentions cotton of all kinds in unmanufactured state, whether ginned or unginned. Section 15 then provides as follows :-

'15. Restrictions and conditions in regard to tax on sale or purchase of declared goods within a State.

Every sales tax law of a State shall, in so far as it imposes or authorises the imposition of a tax on the sale or purchase of declared goods, be subject to the following restrictions and conditions, namely :-

(a) the tax payable under that law in respect of any sale or purchase of such goods inside the State shall not exceed two per cent of the sale or purchase price thereof, and such tax shall not be levied at more than one stage;

(b) ........................'

12. It is contended that by reason of the declaration and s. 15 (a) quoted above the rate of tax is discrepant with s. 15 of the Central Sales Tax Act and sub-section (1) of s. 5 of the Punjab General Sales Tax Act must fail as a law properly enacted This argument cannot be accepted because Art. 286(3) under which the declaration is made provides as follows :-

'286(1) ................

(2) ....................

(3) Any law of a State shall, in so far as it imposes, or authorises the imposition of, a tax on the sale or purchase of goods declared by Parliament by law to be of special importance in inter-State trade or commerce, be subject to such restrictions and conditions in regard to the system of levy, rates and other incidents of the tax as Parliament may by law specify.'

13. The meaning or the intention of clause (3) of Art. 286 is not to destroy all charging sections in the Sales Tax Acts of the States which are discrepant with s. 15(a) of the Central Sales Tax Act, but to modify them in accordance therewith. The law of the State is declared to be subject to the restrictions and conditions contained in the law made by Parliament and the rate in the State Act would protanto stand modified. The effect of Art. 286(3) is now brought out by the second proviso to s. 5(1). But this proviso is enacted out of abundant caution and even without it the result was the same.

14. In our judgment none of the contentions urged by the Company can be accepted. The appeal, therefore, fails and will be dismissed with costs.

15. Appeal dismissed.


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