1. This batch of revision cases arises from the convictions and sentences in C.C. Nos. 29 to 32 of 1959 on the file of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Koilpatti. The accused, who is an oil-monger, was convicted under Section 15(2) (a) of the Madras General Sales Tax Act. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate sentenced the appellant to fines of Rs. 300, Rs. 400, Rs. 400 and Rs. 600. But the Additional Sessions Judge, Tirunelveli, affirmed the conviction, but reduced the sentences uniformly to Rs. 100 each.
2. The facts are short. The revision petitioner is an oil-monger running a country chekku for expelling oil. I need not point out that a country press can be used for extracting oil from groundnuts, gingelly, cocoanuts and castor seeds.
3. On 13th November, 1966, P.W. 1, the Special Assistant Commercial Tax Officer inspected the shop of the accused and found him dealing in different kinds of oils and trading in oils by purchasing from others. He recorded the statement, exhibit P 1, wherein the accused admitted that he had purchased oil from others and that he had been stocking them.
4. So far as C.C. Nos. 29 to 32 of 1959 are concerned, the accused stated that he had purchased cocoanut oil from one Karuppiah Nadar of Sankarankoil. Fifteen tins of groundnut oil, 5 tins of castor oil, 1/2 tin of gingelly oil and 11/2 tins of cocoanut oil were found in the shop of the accused.
5. From the statement recorded by the Assistant Commercial Tax Officer from the accused, it was seen that the accused had a total turnover of Rs. 31,254-11-0 during April, 1952, to March, 1953. The turnover for 1953-54 was Rs. 24,858-13-0; the turnover for 1954-55 was Rs. 22,301-12-6; and the turnover for 1955-56 was Rs. 34,094-3-6.
6. Thereupon, the Deputy Commercial Tax Officer, Sankarankoil, took further action and one set of action related to levying of the escaped assessment which resulted in the Sales Tax Appellate Tribunal finally dismissing the appeal of the accused and recovery of the escaped assessment from the accused. The other set of action was the prosecuting of this accused for offences under Section 15 (2) (a) of the Madras General Sales Tax Act read with Rule 11 of the Madras General Sales Tax (Turnover and Assessment) Rules in that the accused wilfully failed to submit accounts.
7. The case for the accused was that because he has been keeping a country oil press, he is exempted from payment of sales tax and submission of returns.
8. The Notification G.O. No. 1323, Revenue, dated 6th May, 1953, states :
In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 6 of the Madras General Sales Tax Act, 1939, (Madras Act IX of 1939), the Governor of Madras hereby exempts permanently with effect from the 1st April, 1953, every person owning or having an interest in country oil chekkus, single or multiple and dealing exclusively in the produce of such chekkus from payment of any tax under Section 3(1) of the said Act in respect of such dealings.
9. But the facts here clearly show that the accused was not dealing exclusively in the oils expelled by the chekku run by him. On the other hand, he has been purchasing from others land trading on that oil. His turnover also clearly shows that he could not have been dealing in the very small quantities which alone his country oil press would expel.
10. The convictions are, therefore, correct and the sentences are proper. The revisions are dismissed.