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Centre moves Supreme Court, bats for arrest powers under the CGST Act

Updated : May 27, 2019 10:01 PM IST

The government has moved Supreme Court seeking powers to arrest individuals for alleged GST fraud before filing an FIR.

In its plea, the government said that the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Act clearly provides for the said offences to be cognisable.

Section 69 very clearly empowers the Commissioner to arrest if there are "reasons to believe" that offences under the Act have been committed, the government argued, adding that there is no need for registration of FIR before investigating or even arresting the accused.

There is a growing tendency of short-circuiting the procedure established by filing writ petitions, challenging the constitutional validity of each and every provision, added the government.

The apex court is likely to hear the plea on May 29.
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