FSS Act -Sec 49(a)(e)- Hotel Ranchi Ashok Vs State of Jharkhand – Sept 5 th-2016

                   W. P. (C) No.  5618 of 2014

 M/s. Hotel Ranchi Ashok through its G.M., Doranda, Ranchi

2. R.K.Singh, Junior Manager, Hotel  Ranchi Ashok, Doranda, Ranchi ….. Petitioners


1. State of Jharkhand.

2. Deputy Commissioner cum Authorized  Officer, Ranchi

3. District Certificate Officer, Ranchi …..Respondents. 


For the Petitioners    : Mr. Raj Mangal Singh, Adv.

For the Respondents: J. C to A.G

             2/5.9.2016 Heard learned counsel for the parties. 

The   proceedings   under   Jharkhand   Public   Demand   Recovery   Act,  1914 for realization of dues  of Rs. 3 lakhs as fine being Certificate Case no.  25(Penalty)13­14 is pending, in which notices under Section 7 of the Act  have been issued to the Manager of Petitioner­Firm.  The order imposing  the fine of Rs. 50,000/­  on the petitioners and 2.5 lakhs on Bihar State Milk  Cooperative Federation Ltd. Ranchi by Deputy Commissioner, Ranchi in  Food Safety &  Standards Case No. 03/2012­13  dated 10th January, 2014 

(Annexure­1) the basis for the recovery proceeding, was subject­matter of  challenge by the petitioner in W.P.(C) No. 1057 of 2014 (Annexure­2). 

 By the judgment dated 7th July, 2014, the order dated 10th January,  2014   relating   to   quantum   of   fine   was   set   aside   and   the   matter   was  remanded to Respondent no. 2,  Deputy Commissioner­cum­Adjudicating  Officer, Ranchi,  so that he may pass a fresh order in accordance with law,  taking into account the  provisions of Section 49(a)(e) of Food Safety and  Standards   Act,   2006.     Despite   that,   notices   were   issued   upon   the  petitioners to respond  in the recovery proceeding on 26th August, 2014,  impugned herein.   Therefore, they have has approached this Court as there  are no basis for  continuing with  the recovery proceedings till the time a  fresh order is  passed on the question  of liability of the  petitioners and any  fine imposed.  

As   per   the   stand   of   the   respondents   brought   on   record   through  counter affidavit,  the certificate proceeding initiated by virtue of earlier  order dated 10th January, 2014 has been kept in abeyance till further order  of learned Deputy Commissioner, Ranchi. 

Having   considered   the   submissions   of   the   parties   in   the   light   of  relevant materials facts pleaded,  the pendency of the recovery proceeding  in   the   light   of   the   order   dated   10th   January,   2014   passed   by   Deputy  Commissioner­ – cum­Adjudicating Officer, Ranchi having been set aside by  learned Single Judge of this  Court  in W. P. (C) No. 1057 of 2014, is without  any   basis   in   the   eye   of   law.     It   is   another   matter   that   upon   fresh  determination   and   an   order   passed   by   Deputy   Commissioner ­cum­  Adjudicating   Officer,   Ranchi,   if   any,   liability   is   imposed   upon   the  petitioners,   he   may   proceed   to   recover   the   same   through   the   Public Demand Recovery Act,  if not paid within the time prescribed.   However,  the impugned notice in such circumstances  cannot survive when there are  no basis for the recovery proceedings to continue.  

Accordingly,   the   impugned   notice   and   the   entire   proceeding  pending   before   respondent   no.   3,   District   Certificate   Officer,   Ranchi   is  quashed.    Respondent no.  2 however is at liberty  to proceed a fresh  in  accordance   with   law   in   case   of   a   fresh   liability   being   determined   after  remand in terms of the  order passed in  W. P. (C ) No. 1057 of 2014  dated  7th July, 2014. 

 The writ petition is accordingly allowed. 

(Aparesh Kumar Singh,J)


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