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The provisions of Section 171 (3A) of CGST Act was not in operation during the period from 15.11.2017 to 30.04.2019 when the Respondent had committed the above violation and hence, the penalty prescribed under Section 171 (3A) cannot be imposed on the Respondent retrospectively.

Anti-profiteering— The brief facts of the case are that a reference was received from the Standing Committee on Anti-profiteering from Applicant No. 1, alleging profiteering in respect of the supply of restaurant service despite a reduction in the rate of GST from 18% to 5% w.e.f. 15.11.2017. Vide his Application, the above Applicant had alleged that the Respondent had increased the base prices of his items and did not pass on the benefit of reduction in the GST rate from 18% to 5% w.e.f. 15.11.2017, vide Notification No. 46/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 14.11.2017 by way of commensurate reduction in prices, in terms of Section 171 of the CGST Act, 2017. Held that— . It is evident from the above narration of facts that the Respondent has denied the benefit of tax reduction to the customers in contravention of the provisions of Section 171 (1) of the CGST Act, 2017 and hence he has committed an offence under Section 171 (3A) of the CGST Act. 2017, and therefore, he is liable to penal action under the provisions of the above Section. However, a perusal of the provisions of Section 171 (3A) under which penalty has been prescribed for the above violation shows that it has been inserted in the CGST Act, 2017 w.e.f. 01.01.2020 vide Section 112 of the Finance Act,’ 2019 and it was not in operation during the period from 15.11.2017 to 30.04.2019 when the Respondent had committed the above violation and hence, the penalty prescribed under Section 171 (3A) cannot be imposed on the Respondent retrospectively. Accordingly, notice for the imposition of penalty is not required to be issued to the Respondent.
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