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No Embargo Under The CGST Act Restraining Pre-Arrest Bail: Kerala High Court

The Kerala High Court allowed anticipatory bail to a person who apprehended arrest for supposed infractions of the Central Goods and Services Tax. Finding that there was no embargo to a person’s applying for pre-arrest bail under the legislation, Justice Ashok Menon stated, “There is no embargo under the CGST Act restraining the applicant from seeking pre-arrest bail. There is no analogous provision under Sections 18 and 18A of the SC/ST( Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, preventing grant of anticipatory bail.” In finding that a grant of anticipatory bail under GST law was permissible, the Court analysed sections of the CGST legislation that provided for arrest against provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Constitution.

Asia Law Offices advised a major transnational strategic collaboration between its client, UAE-Based Pharmax Pharmaceuticals, and Swiss pharma major Acino Pharmaceuticals.

ALO represented Pharmax in the structuring and closure of entire transaction documents of the significant collaboration.

The collaboration framework extends to licensing, manufacturing, and supply of Acino formulations within the gastroenterology and the cardiovascular space throughout the Middle East and Africa.