Ms. J.M. Shanti Sundharam, a 1977 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) joined C.B.E. & C. as Chairman on 25-02-2014. Earlier she was officiating as Chairman from 01-02-2014 consequent upon the superannuation of Ms. Praveen Mahajan, the first lady head of C.B.E. & C.
Born in Madurai on 20-10-1954, she did her M.A. from Delhi University and M. Phil. from Punjab University. She comes from an academic family as her father was Sr. Lecturer in Sriram College of Commerce, New Delhi.
She joined the Revenue services on 14-07-1977 and has vast experience of working in various capacities under the Central Board of Excise & Customs. She has also served on deputation in the Ministry of Food and CEIB.
During her tenure in the CDR's Office CESTAT, New Delhi, she strongly and effectively defended Revenue's cases on technical and legal aspects. Her experience in the CDR office was duly reflected in her orders passed as Commissioner, Central Excise (Appeals). She was also Commissioner of Customs (Preventive), New Delhi and became Chief Commissioner, Tuticorin in December 2009 with additional charge of Chennai.
Smt. Shanti Sundharam joined the Board as a Member on 29-11-2011 and had been Member (Budget), Member (Legal and Judicial), Member (Service Tax) and Member (Central Excise and Computerization). Her vivid experience in all the branches of taxation, i.e. Central Excise, Customs & Service Tax coupled with computerisation of the Department is likely to be of immense use in formulating policies and procedures in relation to the Indirect Taxes. (Based on ELT 31-03-2014)
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