Court rejects Binny Mills’ plea

Updated - March 08, 2015 05:46 am IST

Published - March 08, 2015 12:00 am IST - CHENNAI:

The Madras High Court has declined to direct the authorities to permit Binny Limited, declared as a sick unit, to re-export some textile machinery which has been lying in the warehouse here for 15 years.

Justice S.Vaidyanathan said he was of the view that the company had no intention to clear the goods, but has been attempting to stall the disposal of the un-cleared time-expired goods.

The court passed the order on a petition by the company for quashing the proceedings of the Superintendent of Customs of January 2012 and to direct the agency to grant permission to re-export the machinery.

The company had imported the machinery with auxiliary equipment and spares from Germany in 1996. Due to financial crunch, it could not clear the goods. It was kept in the customs warehouse without payment of duty . Meanwhile, the company was declared sick. Even after several years, the goods was not cleared and a notice was issued demanding customs duty with interest, followed by detention notice. The company did not pay the duty. The machinery were sold through auction for Rs.2.26 crore, but it was cancelled as the bidder had not fulfilled the terms.

Dismissing the plea, Mr.Justice Vaidyanathan said the company had been seeking extension of warehousing period from time to time by citing reasons that it had been declared sick. But there was no genuineness in its attempt in clearing the goods . Repeated requests for extending the warehousing period without sufficient reasons would only establish that the company had been dragging on the proceedings to frustrate the authorities’ attempt in recovering the duty.

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