CGST Rule 129 – Initiation and conduct of proceedings [Updated 2019]

CGST Rule 129 – Initiation and conduct of proceedings

Rule 129 (1)

Where the Standing Committee is satisfied that there is a prima-facie evidence to show that the supplier has not passed on the benefit of reduction in the rate of tax on the supply of goods or services or the benefit of input tax credit to the recipient by way of commensurate reduction in prices, it shall refer the matter to the [1][Director General of Anti-profiteering] for a detailed investigation.

Rule 129 (2)

The [2][Director General of Anti-profiteering] shall conduct investigation and collect evidence necessary to determine whether the benefit of reduction in the rate of tax on any supply of goods or services or the benefit of input tax credit has been passed on to the recipient by way of commensurate reduction in prices.

Rule 129 (3)

The [3][Director General of Anti-profiteering] shall, before initiation of the investigation, issue a notice to the interested parties containing, inter alia, information on the following, namely:-

(a) the description of the goods or services in respect of which the proceedings have been initiated;
(b) summary of the statement of facts on which the allegations are based; and
(c) the time limit allowed to the interested parties and other persons who may have information related to the proceedings for furnishing their reply.

Rule 129 (4)

The [4][Director General of Anti-profiteering] may also issue notices to such other persons as deemed fit for a fair enquiry into the matter.

Rule 129 (5)

The [5][Director General of Anti-profiteering] shall make available the evidence presented to it by one interested party to the other interested parties, participating in the proceedings.

Rule 129 (6)

The [6][Director General of Anti-profiteering] shall complete the investigation within a period of three months of the receipt of the reference from the Standing Committee or within such extended period not exceeding a further period of three months for reasons to be recorded in writing [7][as may be allowed by the Authority] and, upon completion of the investigation, furnish to the Authority, a report of its findings along with the relevant records.


[1] Substituted for the words “Director General of Safeguards” by the Central Goods and Services Tax (Seventh Amendment) Rules, 2018 w.e.f. 12.06.2018 – Date of Amendment : 06-07-2018, Effective from : 12-06-2018, Retrospective Effect : Yes

[2] Substituted for the words “Director General of Safeguards” by the Central Goods and Services Tax (Seventh Amendment) Rules, 2018 w.e.f. 12.06.2018 – Date of Amendment : 06-07-2018, Effective from : 12-06-2018, Retrospective Effect : Yes

[3] Substituted for the words “Director General of Safeguards” by the Central Goods and Services Tax (Seventh Amendment) Rules, 2018 w.e.f. 12.06.2018 – Date of Amendment : 06-07-2018, Effective from : 12-06-2018, Retrospective Effect : Yes

[4] Substituted for the words “Director General of Safeguards” by the Central Goods and Services Tax (Seventh Amendment) Rules, 2018 w.e.f. 12.06.2018 – Date of Amendment : 06-07-2018, Effective from : 12-06-2018, Retrospective Effect : Yes

[5] Substituted for the words “Director General of Safeguards” by the Central Goods and Services Tax (Seventh Amendment) Rules, 2018 w.e.f. 12.06.2018 – Date of Amendment : 06-07-2018, Effective from : 12-06-2018, Retrospective Effect : Yes

[6] Substituted for the words “Director General of Safeguards” by the Central Goods and Services Tax (Seventh Amendment) Rules, 2018 w.e.f. 12.06.2018 – Date of Amendment : 06-07-2018, Effective from : 12-06-2018, Retrospective Effect : Yes

[7] Substituted for the words “as allowed by the Standing Committee” by the Central Goods and Services Tax (Third Amendment) Rules, 2018 w.e.f. 23/03/2018. – Date of Amendment : 23-03-2018, Effective from : 23-03-2018, Retrospective Effect : No

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