After six cities, Chandigarh, Allahabad and Hyderabad will also now have CESTAT benches, a move aimed at speedy disposal of cases related to Customs, Excise and Service Tax.
The Union Cabinet has approved for setting up six additional benches of the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT), including three at the existing locations in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai and three new benches in Chandigarh, Allahabad and Hyderabad. Kolkata, Bangalore and Ahmedabad already have one CESTAT bench each. With these additions, nine major cities will have the benches of the appellate tribunal of the three revenue departments.
The creation of new benches would amount to a one-time expenditure of Rs 3.45 crore while the recurring expenditure would be Rs 10 crore per annum.