Advance Ruling Application Should not be Accepted by ARA Since Investigation Started before Application was Filed

Having regard to the legal position that when investigation has already commenced prior to the filing of application, the ARA shall not admit the application as per proviso to sub-section (2) of Section 98, we are of the view that the ARA should not have admitted the application in the instant case and issued its ruling. Therefore, the said order dated 05.03.2020 is vitiated by law. This fact was brought to the notice of the appellate authority in the grounds of appeal. Though the said ground is mentioned, unfortunately, the appellate authority has not given its finding on the said ground raised by the petitioner. Therefore, the order of the appellate authority is also vitiated by law. Hence, we find force in the submission of learned counsel for petitioner that both the orders are liable to be set aside.

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