How to fight missing return when subsequent months return has been filed

We have submitted all the Central Excise Returns for the year 2017. Recently we were shocked to receive a letter from Central Excise claiming late fees on an unsubmitted return of April 2017.

We immediately resubmitted the return and explained to them that this must be a system glitch as the returns for May and June, 2017 are filed, which cannot be done without filing the return for April, 2017 first.

We do not have physical acknowledgement copies as the returns were all NIL returns and we never thought such an event is possible.

The office is not willing to listen to our explanation and is insisting on imposing maximum late fees. Can anyone suggest a point of law or rule which can help us establish our argument.



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