ITO, WD-2(1), KOLKATA, Kolkata v. M/s Rajshree Vanijya Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata

ITA 1000/KOL/2015 | 2007-2008
Pronouncement Date: 29-11-2017 | Result: Dismissed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 100023514 RSA 2015
Assessee PAN AABCR2400B
Bench Kolkata
Appeal Number ITA 1000/KOL/2015
Duration Of Justice 2 year(s) 4 month(s) 19 day(s)
Appellant ITO, WD-2(1), KOLKATA, Kolkata
Respondent M/s Rajshree Vanijya Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 29-11-2017
Appeal Filed By Department
Tags No record found
Order Result Dismissed
Bench Allotted D
Tribunal Order Date 29-11-2017
Last Hearing Date 06-09-2017
First Hearing Date 06-09-2017
Assessment Year 2007-2008
Appeal Filed On 10-07-2015
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL D BENCH KOLKATA BEFORE SHRI A. T. VARKEY JM &DR. A.L.SAINI AM ./ ITA NO.1000/KOL/2015 ( / ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2010-11 I.T.O WARD - 2(1) KOLKATA VS. M/S RAJSHREE VANIJYA PVT. LTD. 7 GANESH CHANDRA AVENUE KOLKATA-13 ./ ./PAN/GIR NO. : AABCR 2400 B (ASSESSEE) .. (RESPONDENT) ASSESSEE BY :SHRI KALYAN NATH ACIT DR RESPONDENT BY :SHRI SUBASH AGARWAL ADVOCATE / DATE OF HEARING : 06/09/2017 /DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 29/11/2017 / O R D E R PER DR. ARJUN LAL SAINI AM: THE CAPTIONED APPEAL FILED BY THE REVENUE PERTAINING TO ASSESSMENT YEAR 2010-11 IS DIRECTED AGAINST THE ORDER PASSED BY THE LD. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX(APPEALS)1 KOLKATA IN APPEAL NO.92/CIT(A)-1/W-2(1)/2013-14 DATED 25.03.2015 WHICH IN TURN ARISES OUT OF AN ORDER PASSED BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER U/S.143(3) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE ACT) DATED 12.03.2013. 2. THE REVENUE HAS RAISED THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS OF APPEAL: 1. THAT ON THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE THE LD. CIT(A)-1 KOLKATA HAD ERRED IN ALLOWING RELIEF AGAINST THE DISALLOWANCE INTEREST ON BORROWED FUND OF RS.56 66 773/- WHICH IS NOT UTILIZED FOR THE ASSESSEES BUSINESS PURPOSE. 2. THAT TAX EFFECT IN THE INSTANT CASE IS ALSO MUCH ABOVE THE MONETARY LIMIT AS PRESCRIBED VIDE CBDTS INSTRUCTION NO.3/2011 & INSTRUCTION NO.5/2014 FOR FILING OF APPEAL BEFORE LD. ITAT KOLKATA. 3. THAT THE ASSESSEE CRAVES LEAVE TO AMEND MODIFY OR ALTER ANY GROUNDS OF APPEAL DURING THE COURSE OF HEARING OF THIS CASE. 4. THE BRIEF FACTS QUA THE ISSUE ARE THAT THE ASSESSEE COMPANY IS A TRADER OF TEXTILE MACHINES SCRAP IRON & STEEL AND YARN. DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2009- 10 AS PER THE PROFIT &LOSS A/C THE ASSESSEE MADE A SALE OF RS.178 45 97 471/- M/S RAJSHREE VANIJYA PVT. LTD. ITA NO.1000/KOL/2015 ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2010-11 PAGE | 2 AGAINST A PURCHASE OF RS.176 49 71 622/-. DURING THE ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED THE DETAILS OF SUNDRY DEBTORS AND CREDITORS. THE AO NOTED THATIN THE PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT THE ASSESSEE HAS DEBITED AN AMOUNT OF RS.56 66 773/- ON ACCOUNT OF PAYMENT OF INTEREST. DURING THE COURSE OF HEARING THE ASSESSEE PRODUCED COPIES OF BANK STATEMENTS WITH ALLAHABAD BANK KOLKATA RED CROSS PLACE BRANCH. ON THOROUGH SCRUTINY OF THE BANK STATEMENT IT WAS NOTICED THAT THERE WERE PAYMENTS TO TWO COMPANIES M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD AND M/S PHOOL COMMERCIAL PVT. LTD ON VARIOUS DATES. ON VERIFICATION OF THE DETAILS OF S/DEBTORS IT WAS NOTICED THAT THERE WAS AN AMOUNT OF RS.3 54 96 917/- AGAINST M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD. THE AO NOTED FROM THE DETAILS SUBMITTED IN RESPECT OF LOANS AND ADVANCES GIVEN (LOAN DEBTORS) AN AMOUNT OF RS.1 92 34 000/- WAS SHOWN OUTSTANDING IN THE NAME OF M/S PHOOL COMMERCIAL PVT. LTD. HOWEVER THE NAME OF M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD WAS NOT APPEARING IN THE DETAILS OF SALES MADE BY THE ASSESSEE AS SUBMITTED DURING THE COURSE OF HEARING. DURING THE COURSE OF HEARING THE AO ASKED THE ASSESSEE TO EXPLAIN THE DISCREPANCY ALONG WITH THE COPY OF LEDGER OF THE SAID PARTY IN THE BOOKS OF THE ASSESSEE. THE AO ASKED TO EXPLAIN AS TO WHY THE PAYMENTS MADE TO M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD DURING THE YEAR FOR RS. 3 54 96 917/-. WOULD NOT BE TREATED AS LOAN PAID TO THE SAID COMPANY BY THE ASSESSEE. THE ASSESSEE REPLIED TO THE AO ABOUT THE 'ADVANCE' TO M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD STATING THATWAS AN AMOUNT OF RS.3 54 96 917/- SHOWN UNDER SUNDRY DEBTORS AS ON 31.03.2010 IN THE NAME OF M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD. THE AMOUNT HAS BEEN ADVANCED FOR PURCHASE OF PROPERTY. THE ASSESSEE`S CLIENT HAD ENTERED IN A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) WITH M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD FOR THE SALE AND PURCHASE OF PROPERTY. FURTHER IN THE F.Y.2010-11 M/S RAJSHREE VANIYA PVT. LTD SOLD A PLOT COSTING RS.50 92 500/- AND EARNED A PROFIT OF RS.55 96 500/-. THE SALE AND PURCHASE TRANSACTIONS HAVE BEEN DULY REFLECTED IN THE PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT OF FINANCIAL YEAR 2010-11. THE NET PROFIT OF RS.55 96 500/- HAS BEEN OFFERED FOR TAXATION UNDER THE HEAD PROFITS AND GAINS OF BUSINESS & PROFESSION. THE ADVANCE TO M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD WAS PURELY FOR BUSINESS PURPOSE. M/S RAJSHREE VANIJYA PVT. LTD. ALSO GOT A PLOT OF LAND ON 04.10.2012 VALUING RS.30 LAKH APPROXIMATELY IN FULL AND FINAL SETTLEMENT ON THIS ACCOUNT AFTER RECEIVING THE COMPLETE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT ADVANCED TO M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD. WITHIN 31.03.2012. M/S RAJSHREE VANIJYA PVT. LTD. ITA NO.1000/KOL/2015 ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2010-11 PAGE | 3 DURING THE COURSE OF HEARING THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED THE COPY OF LEDGER OF M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD IN IT BOOKS FOR THE F.Y.2009-10. A CLOSE LOOK OF THE LEDGER COPY SHOWS THAT THE OPENING BALANCE (DEBIT) AGAINST M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD STOOD AT RS.4 62 96 917/- AS ON 01.04.2009. AFTER THAT THE SAID PARTY REPAID RS.2 18 80 000/- ON DIFFERENCE DATES BETWEEN 18.06.2009 TO 03.02.2010. AGAIN FROM 05.03.2010 TO 10.03.2010 THE ASSESSEE PAID A SUM OF RS.1 10 80 000/- TO THE PARTY. THIS CLEARLY INDICATES THAT THERE WERE REGULAR TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN THE PARTY AND THE ASSESSEE DURING THE YEAR. BUT THE PURPOSE OF SUCH TRANSACTIONS COULD NOT BE TOWARDS PAYMENT OF ANY ADVANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROPERTY DEALING AS CLAIMED BY THE ASSESSEE. THE COPY OF MOU ENTERED WITH M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT LTD BY THE ASSESSEE REGARDING INVESTMENT ON PROPERTY DEALING CANNOT SUBSTANTIALLY PROVE THAT THE ADVANCES WERE MADE ONLY TOWARDS THE PURPOSE OF PURCHASE OF PROPERTY BY THE ASSESSEE. HAD IT BEEN THE ONLY PURPOSE THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANY REPAYMENT OF MONEY BY THE PARTY TO THE ASSESSEE. MOREOVER A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT WAS KEPT OUTSTANDING AND IDLE FOR YEARS TOGETHER DOES NOT COMMENSURATE WITH THE NORMAL BUSINESS PRACTICE. THE ASSESSEE COMPANY PAID THE ADVANCE EVEN BEFORE FINANCIAL YEAR 2008-09 AND IT WAS FIRST UTILIZED IN THE YEAR 2010-11. THE ASSESSEE HAS ALLOWED TO KEEP THE ADVANCE WITH M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD UNUTILIZED FOR MORE THAN 3 YEARS IS CONTRARY TO THE COMMON BUSINESS PHENOMENON. MOREOVER A MEAGER PART OF THE ADVANCE WAS UTILIZED AFTER 3 YEARS ALSO SPEAKS CONTRARY TO THE CONTENTION OF THE ASSESSEE. THUS CONSIDERING ALL THESE FACTORS THE AO INFERRED THAT THE MONEY FORWARDED TO M/S. NLBD MARKETING PVT. LTD. BY THE ASSESSEE AND SHOWN AGAINST S/DEBTORS WAS ACTUALLY INTEREST FREE LOAN GIVEN TO THE SAID PARTY FOR ITS BENEFIT. THE AO ALSO NOTED THAT THERE WERE REGULAR COURSE OF PAYMENT AND REPAYMENT BETWEEN THE ASSESSEE-COMPANY AND M/S. PHOOL COMMERCIAL PVT. LTD. THEREFORE THE AO INFERRED THAT THE MONEY FORWARDED TO M/S. PHOOL COMMERCIAL PVT. LTD. BY THE ASSESSEE WAS ACTUALLY INTEREST FREE LOAN GIVEN TO THE SAID PARTY FOR ITS BENEFIT. REGARDING DEPLOYMENT OF FUND THE ASSESSEE STATED THAT THE ASSESSEE'S OWN FUNDS WERE UTILIZED IN PROVIDING INTEREST FREE ADVANCE. RELIANCE WAS PLACED BY THE ASSESSEE ON THE DECISIONS OF THE HON'BLE SUPREME COURT IN THE CASE OF M/S. S.A. BUILDERS LTD. VS. CIT(2007) 288 ITR 1 (SC) AND HON'BLE CALCUTTA HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF J. K. INDUSTRIES LTD. VS. CIT(2011) 61 DTR 153. M/S RAJSHREE VANIJYA PVT. LTD. ITA NO.1000/KOL/2015 ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2010-11 PAGE | 4 HOWEVER THE AO IGNORED THE SUBMISSIONS OF THE ASSESSEE AND STATED THAT THE QUANTUM OF INTEREST PAID ON BORROWED CAPITAL WHICH WAS UTILIZED IN PROVIDING LOAN TO M/S NLBD MARKETING PVT LTD. AND M/S PHOOL COMMERCIAL PVT. LTD IS RS. 71 52 144/-. THEREFORE THE INTEREST DEBITED IN THE PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT BY THE ASSESSEE AT RS. 56 66 773/- WAS DISALLOWED. 5. AGGRIEVED BY THE ORDER OF THE AO THE ASSESSEE FILED AN APPEAL BEFORE THE LD.CIT(A) WHO HAS PARTLY ALLOWED THE ASSESSEES APPEAL. THE LD. CIT(A) WAS PLEASED TO ALLOW THE CLAIM IN RESPECT OF LOAN GIVEN TO M/S NLBED. HOWEVER WE NOTE THAT AGAINST THE LOAN GIVEN TO M/S PHOOL COMMERCIAL PVT. LTD. THE ASSESSEE GOT ONLY PART RELIEF. 6. NOT BEING SATISFIED WITH THE ORDER OF CIT(A) THE REVENUE IS IN APPEAL BEFORE US. THE LD. DR FOR THE REVENUE HAS PRIMARILY REITERATED THE STAND TAKEN BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER WHICH WE HAVE ALREADY NOTED IN OUR EARLIER PARA AND IS NOT BEING REPEATED FOR THE SAKE OF BREVITY. THE LD COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE DEFENDED THE ORDER PASSED BY THE LD. CIT(A).THE LD COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT ON THE SAME IDENTICAL FACTS THE HON`BLE ITAT KOLKATA IN ITA NO.1722/KOL/2013 A.Y. 2009-10 IN ASSESSEE`S OWN CASE ADJUDICATED THE ISSUE AND CONFIRMED THE ORDER OF CIT(A). 7. WE HAVE HEARD BOTH THE PARTIES AND PERUSED THE MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON RECORD WE NOTE THATIN ASSESSEE`S OWN CASE THE CIT(A)-I KOLKATA HAS HELD THAT THE ADVANCES TO M/S. NLBD MARKETING (P) LTD. WERE FOR BUSINESS PURPOSE. THEREFORE FOLLOWING THE DECISIONS IN THIS REGARD FOR A.Y 2009-10 IT WAS HELD THAT THE ADVANCES TO M/S. NLBD MARKETING (P) LTD. WAS FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES AND THEREFORE NO DISALLOWANCE WAS WARRANTED FROM THE INTEREST DEBITED TO THE P&L A/C. WITH REGARDS TO M/S. PHOOL COMMERCIAL (P) LTD. IT WAS SEEN THAT THE ADVANCES MADE TO THIS CONCERN DURING THE YEAR WERE TO THE EXTENT OF RS.6 29 555/- INCLUDING THE ADVANCES OF RS.2 71 00 000/- BROUGHT FORWARD AS ON 01-4-2009 WHICH HAS ALREADY BEEN CONSIDERED IN A.Y. 2009-10.HOWEVER IT IS SEEN FROM THE COPY OF LEDGER ACCOUNT OF THIS CONCERN IN THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNT OF THE ASSESSEE THAT THE ADVANCE CARRIED FORWARD FROM EARLIER YEAR OF RS. 2 71 00 000/- WAS RETURNED FROM TIME TO TIME TO THE EXTENT OF RS.2 63 00 000/- BY 14.10.2009. HOWEVER AGAIN ADVANCES HAD BEEN GIVEN TO THIS CONCERN FROM 06.11.2009 ONWARDS TO 12.11.2009 M/S RAJSHREE VANIJYA PVT. LTD. ITA NO.1000/KOL/2015 ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2010-11 PAGE | 5 AND RETURNED FROM 31.12.2009 ONWARDS WITH A CLOSING BALANCE OF RS. 1 92 00 000/- OUTSTANDING AS ON 31.03.2010. THEREFORE CONSIDERING THESE FACTS THE CIT(A) DIRECTED AO TO DISALLOW INTEREST @15% P.A ON THE ADVANCES GIVEN TO THE ASSESSEE FROM 16-11-2009 TO 23-03.2010 (ON THE REDUCING BALANCE) IN EXCESS OF THE RESERVES OF RS 2 35 10 682/- ONLY. FURTHER THE CIT(A) DIRECTED THAT ON THE AMOUNT OF RS. 51 00 000/- (WHICH WAS THE AMOUNT CONSIDERED FOR DISALLOWANCE OF INTEREST IN A.Y 2009-10) FROM 1.4.2009 TO THE TIME WHEN SUCH AMOUNT HAS BEEN RETURNED BY THE ASSESSEE IN THE CURRENT YEAR INTEREST @ 15% PER ANNUM WAS TO BE DISALLOWED ON THE REDUCING BALANCE. FROM THE AFORESAID FACTS AND THE MOU BETWEEN THE ASSESSEE AND THE SISTER CONCERN M/S NLBED IT IS CLEAR THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS ADVANCED THE AMOUNT FOR THE PURPOSE OF BUSINESS AND THAT IT WAS FOR COMMERCIAL EXPEDIENCY THAT THE AMOUNT WAS ADVANCED BY THE ASSESSEE THE SAID FACT COULD NOT BE CONTROVERTED BY THE LD DR BEFORE US. WE ALSO NOTE THAT ON THE SAME IDENTICAL FACTS THE COORDINATE BENCH OF KOLKATA IN ASSESSEE`S OWN CASE ( IN ITA NO.1722/KOL/2013 A.Y.2009-10) ADJUDICATED THE SAME ISSUE FOR WHICH THE REVENUE IS IN APPEAL BEFORE US. THUS RESPECTFULLY FOLLOWING THE DECISION OF THE COORDINATE BENCH KOLKATA IN ASSESSEE`S OWN CASE (SUPRA) IN THE A.Y.2009-10 WHEREBY THE COORDINATE BENCH CONFIRMED THE ORDER PASSED BY THE CIT(A). THEREFORE WE DO NOT FIND ANY INFIRMITY IN THE ORDER PASSED BY THE LD. CIT(A) AND WE CONFIRM THE SAME AND DISMISS THE APPEAL OF THE REVENUE. 8. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL OF REVENUE IS DISMISSED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON THIS 29/11/2017. SD/- (A. T. VARKEY) SD/- (DR. A.L.SAINI) / JUDICIAL MEMBER / ACCOUNTANT MEMBER /KOLKATA; DATED 29/11/2017 RS SPS M/S RAJSHREE VANIJYA PVT. LTD. ITA NO.1000/KOL/2015 ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2010-11 PAGE | 6 / COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO : TRUE COPY BY ORDER SENIOR PRIVATE SECRETARY HEAD OF OFFICE/D.D.O I.T.A.T KOLKATA BENCHES KOLKATA . 1. THE ASSESSEE I.T.O WARD-2(1) KOLKATA 2. / THE RESPONDENT- M/S RAJSHREE VANIJYA PVT. LTD. 3. ( ) / THE CIT(A) :KOLKATA. 4. / CIT 5. / DR ITAT KOLKATA 6. / GUARD FILE.