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127B. Application for settlement of cases. - (1) Any importer, exporter or any other person (hereinafter referred to as the applicant in this Chapter) may, in respect of a case, relating to him make an application, before adjudication to the Settlement Commission to have the case settled, in such form and in such manner as may be specified by rules, and containing a full and true disclosure of his duty liability which has not been disclosed before the proper officer, the manner in which such liability has been incurred, the additional amount of customs duty accepted to be payable by him and such other particulars as may be specified by rules including the particulars of such dutiable goods in respect of which he admits short levy on account of misclassification, under-valuation or inapplicability of exemption notification but excluding the goods not included in the entry made under this Act and such application shall be disposed of in the manner hereinafter provided :
Provided that no such application shall be made unless, —
(a) the applicant has filed a bill of entry, or a shipping bill, in respect of import or export of such goods, as the case may be, and in relation to such bill of entry or shipping bill, a show cause notice has been issued to him by the proper officer;
(b) the additional amount of duty accepted by the applicant in his application exceeds three lakh rupees; and
(c) the applicant has paid the additional amount of customs duty accepted by him along with interest due under 28AB :
Provided further that no application shall be entertained by the Settlement Commission under this sub- in cases which are pending in the Appellate Tribunal or any court :
Provided also that no application under this sub- shall be made in relation to goods to which 123 applies or to goods in relation to which any offence under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (61 of 1985) has been committed :
Provided also that no application under this sub- shall be made for the interpretation of the classification of the goods under the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (51 of 1975).
(1A) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub- (1), where an application was made under sub- (1) before the 1st day of June, 2007 but an order under sub- (1) of 127C has not been made before the said date, the applicant shall within a period of thirty days from the 1st day of June, 2007 pay the accepted duty liability failing which his application shall be liable to be rejected.
(2) Where any dutiable goods, books of account, other documents or any sale proceeds of the goods have been seized under 110, the applicant shall not be entitled to make an application under sub- (1) before the expiry of one hundred and eighty days from the date of the seizure.
(3) Every application made under sub- (1) shall be accompanied by such fees as may be specified by rules.
(4) An application made under sub- (1) shall not be allowed to be withdrawn by the applicant.
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