On an earlier occasion, the CBDT had issued Instruction in F. No. 500/98/2015-FT&TR-V dated 14th August, 2015 in which it had lamented the fact of poor representation on behalf of the department in the cases before the Authority of Advance Rulings. It had issued instructions that only senior officials who are well prepared on facts and law should be deputed so as to effectively represent the Departmental view on complex issues. The CBDT has now issued another Instruction F.No.225/261/2015/ITA.II dated 28.10.2015 in which it has taken exception to the fact that:
(i) Departmental Representatives are seeking adjournment on unjustified grounds;
(ii) Departmental Representatives not committing to a particular position on the ground of seeking further instructions from the field authorities;
(iii) All the questions raised in an application not properly responded to, while furnishing the report.
In order to deal with the malaise, the CBDT has issued clear-cut directions and warned that the said directions should be followed strictly.