Arrest under GST Act should not be on mere suspicion: SC

New Delhi, May 9 (PTI) The Supreme Court told the Centre on Thursday that any arrest under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act should not be on mere suspicion but has to be based on cogent material and adherence to proper procedure.

A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna, M M Sundresh and Bela M Trivedi said the material upon which an arrest is made should be verifiable by a magistrate.


“An arrest under the Act cannot be on mere suspicion but after proper inquiry and adherence to the procedure laid down under the law. It should be based on material that should be verifiable by the magistrate and certified by the commissioner,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General (ASG) S V Raju, who appeared in the court on behalf of the Centre.


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