DCIT Central Circle 3, Coimbatore v. Sakthi Masala Pvt Ltd., Erode

ITA 1339/CHNY/2018 | 2015-2016
Pronouncement Date: 17-03-2021 | Result: Dismissed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 133921714 RSA 2018
Assessee PAN BCAPM5996A
Bench Chennai
Appeal Number ITA 1339/CHNY/2018
Duration Of Justice 2 year(s) 10 month(s) 27 day(s)
Appellant DCIT Central Circle 3, Coimbatore
Respondent Sakthi Masala Pvt Ltd., Erode
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 17-03-2021
Appeal Filed By Department
Order Result Dismissed
Bench Allotted D
Tribunal Order Date 17-03-2021
Last Hearing Date 22-12-2020
First Hearing Date 17-03-2021
Assessment Year 2015-2016
Appeal Filed On 20-04-2018
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL B BENCH: CHENNAI . . . BEFORE SHRI DUVVURU R.L. REDDY JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI S. JAYARAMAN ACCOUNTANT MEMBER SL.NO. ITA NO. AY APPELLANT RESPONDENT 1 843/CHNY/2016 2011-12 MS.TAARA MANIAN 53 VENUS COLONY 2 ND STREET ALWARPET CHENNAI-600 018. (PAN: BCAPM 5996 A) THE ASST. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX NON- CORPORATE WARD-3(5) CHENNAI. / APPELLANT BY : MR.N.ARJUN RAJ CA / RESPONDENT BY : MR.G. JOHNSON ADDL.CIT 2 IT(SS)A NO.6 /CHNY/2017 BLOCK PERIOD 01.04.1996 TO 21.02.2003 SMT. HEMALATHA NO.4-H MOUNT CHAMBERS NO.758 MOUNT ROAD CHENNAI-600 002. (PAN: AAXPH 5291 F) THE DY. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX NON-CORPORATE WARD- 16(2) CHENNAI-34. / APPELLANT BY : MR.D. ANAND ADV. / RESPONDENT BY : MR.G. JOHNSON ADDL.CIT 3-5 435- 437/CHNY/2018 2013-14 TO 2015-16 M/S.SAKTHI MASALA PVT. LTD. NO.6 MAMARATHUPALAYAM ERODE-638 004. (PAN: AADCS 3130 R) THE ASST. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX CENTRAL CIRCLE-3 COIMBATORE. / APPELLANT BY : MR.N.ARJUN RAJ CA / RESPONDENT BY : MR.G. JOHNSON ADDL.CIT 6 1339/CHNY/2018 2015-16 THE DY. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX CENTRAL CIRCLE-3 COIMBATORE. M/S.SAKTHI MASALA PVT. LTD. NO.6 MAMARATHUPALAYAM ERODE-638 004. (PAN: AADCS3130R) DEPARTMENT BY : MR.G. JOHNSON ADDL.CIT ASSESSEE BY : MR.N.ARJUN RAJ CA 7 2131/CHNY/2018 2013-14 M/S.ASHOK LEYLAND JOHN DEERE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT CO. PVT. LTD. AG-1 RAGAMALLIGE NO.26 KUMARAN COLONY THE DY. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX CORPORATE CIRCLE-1(1) CHENNAI-34. ITA NOS.843/C/16 IT(SS) A NO.6/C/17 435-437/C/18 1339/C/18 2131/C/18 549 & 552/C/19 :: 2 :: / DATE OF HEARING : 17.03.2021 / DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 17 .03. 2021 / O R D E R PER BENCH: THIS BUNCH OF 09 APPEALS FILED BY DIFFERENT ASSE SSES/REVENUE ARE DIRECTED AGAINST ORDERS OF LEARNED COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS) CHENNAI/COIMBATORE EVEN DATED 04.01.2016 24.03.20 17 22.12.2017 07.05.2018 & 24.12.2018 FOR THE RESPECTIVE ASSESSME NT YEARS/BLOCK PERIOD. 2. THE REVENUES APPEAL IN ITA NO.1339 /CHNY/2018 IS DELAYED BY 21 DAYS FOR WHICH THE AO HAS FILED THE AFFIDAVIT FOR 22 DAYS REQUESTING FOR CONDONATION OF DELAY TO WHICH THE LD.COUNSEL OF T HE ASSESSEE HAS NOT RAISED ANY SERIOUS OBJECTION. CONSEQUENTLY THE DEL AY OF 21 DAYS IN FILING MAIN ROAD VADAPALANI CHENNAI-600 026. (PAN: AAHCA 8691 F) / APPELLANT BY : MR.SAROJ KUMAR PARIDA ADV. / RESPONDENT BY : MR.G. JOHNSON ADDL.CIT 8 & 9 549 & 552/CHNY/2019 2013-14 & 2014-15 M/S.KEIMED PVT. LTD. NO.10-3-316A MASAB TANK HYDERABAD-500 028. (PAN: AABCK 4532 F) THE ASST. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX CENTRAL CIRCLE-3(1) CHENNAI-34. / APPELLANT BY : MR.H. YESHWANTH KUMAR CA / RESPONDENT BY : MR.G. JOHNSON ADDL.CIT ITA NOS.843/C/16 IT(SS) A NO.6/C/17 435-437/C/18 1339/C/18 2131/C/18 549 & 552/C/19 :: 3 :: OF THE APPEAL STANDS CONDONED AND ACCORDINGLY THE REVENUES APPEAL IS DISPOSED OFF. 3. WE HAVE HEARD THE COUNSELS FOR THE ASSESSEES AN D THE LD. DR AND ALSO PERUSED THE MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON RECORD. AT T HE TIME OF HEARING LEARNED COUNSELS FOR THE ASSESSEES HAVE MADE A STA TEMENT AT BAR THAT THE ASSESSEES WANTS TO UTILIZE THE DIRECT TAXES VIVAD SE VISHWAS SCHEME 2020 TO SETTLE PENDING DISPUTE RELATING TO DIRECT TAXES AND IN THIS REGARD SOME OF ASSESSEES HAVE FILED FORM NOS.1 AND 2 AND AWAITING FORM NO. 3 FROM THE DESIGNATED AUTHORITY. IN SOME CASES THE A SSESSEES HAVE RECEIVED FORM NO. 3 FROM THE DESIGNATED AUTHORITY AND IN SOM E CASES THE ASSESSEE HAVE FILED LETTER AND EXPRESSED THEIR WILLINGNESS T O FILE FORM NOS. 1 AND 2 BEFORE THE DESIGNATED AUTHORITY. 4. THE BENCH HAS CONSIDERED RIVAL CONTENTIONS OF BO TH SIDES AND AFTER HEARING BOTH PARTIES WE FOUND THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA HAS ANNOUNCED IN THE BUDGET 2020 A DIRECT TAXES VIVA D SE VISHWAS SCHEME 2020 TO SETTLE PENDING DISPUTE RELATING TO DIR ECT TAXES AT VARIOUS APPELLATE FORUMS INCLUDING THE FIRST APPELLATE A UTHORITY TRIBUNAL HIGH COURT AND SUPREME COURT. IN THIS REGARD THE SCHE ME HAS BEEN NOTIFIED ON 17 TH MARCH 2020 AND BECAME DIRECT TAXES VIVAD SE VISH WAS ACT 2020. AS PER THE SAID SCHEME ASSESSEES ARE ALLOWED TO SE TTLE DIRECT TAX DISPUTE IN A MANNER AND PROCEDURE PRESCRIBED THEREIN BY FIL ING NECESSARY ITA NOS.843/C/16 IT(SS) A NO.6/C/17 435-437/C/18 1339/C/18 2131/C/18 549 & 552/C/19 :: 4 :: DECLARATION AND UNDERTAKING. THE SCHEME HAS ALSO SP ECIFIED THE AMOUNT OF TAXES INTEREST AND PENALTY IF ANY PAYABLE UNDER THE ACT. IF AN ASSESSEE FILED A DECLARATION AND PAY SPECIFIED TAXES AS P ER THE SCHEME AND WITHDRAW THE APPEAL PENDING BEFORE THE APPELLATE AUTHORITIES THE DESIGNATED AUTHORITY SHALL PASS AN ORDER IN FORM 5 CONFIRMING PAYMENT MADE UNDER THE SCHEME AND GRANT IMMUNITY FROM PENA LTY AND PROSECUTION. 5. IN THESE APPEALS SOME ASSESSEES HAVE FILED DEC LARATION IN FORM NO.1 ALONG WITH UNDERTAKING WAIVING RIGHTS FOR ANY REMED Y IN FORM NO. 2 TO THE DESIGNATED AUTHORITY AND HAS ALSO RECEIVED FORM NO. 3. IN SOME CASES FORM NOS.1 AND 2 HAS BEEN FILED AND AWAITING FORM N O.3 FROM THE DESIGNATED AUTHORITY AND IN SOME CASES THE ASSESSE ES HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR WILLINGNESS TO FILE FORM NOS. 1 AND 2 AND SET TLE THEIR DISPUTE UNDER THE SCHEME. THEREFORE ONCE THE ASSESSEES INTEND TO FI LE A DECLARATION IN FORM NO.1 ALONG WITH UNDERTAKING AND EXPRESSED THEIR WIL LINGNESS TO SETTLE PENDING DISPUTES REGARDING DIRECT TAXES THEN THERE IS NO POINT IN KEEPING APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEES. WE FURTHER NOTED THAT RECENTLY THE HONBLE JURISDICTIONAL HIGH COURT OF MADRAS HAS CONSIDERED AN IDENTICAL APPLICATION FILED BY AN ASSESSEE IN THE CASE OF M/S. NANNU SAMY MOHAN (HUF) VS. ACIT IN T.C.A NO.372 OF 2020 FOR AVAILING THE BENEF IT OF VIVAD SE VISHWAS SCHEME 2020 WHERE THE HONBLE HIGH COURT HAS D ISMISSED THE APPEAL FILED BY THE PETITIONER AS WITHDRAWN BUT ALLOWED L IBERTY TO THE ASSESSEE TO ITA NOS.843/C/16 IT(SS) A NO.6/C/17 435-437/C/18 1339/C/18 2131/C/18 549 & 552/C/19 :: 5 :: RESTORE THE APPEAL IN THE EVENT THE DESIGNATED AU THORITY FOR ANY REASON REJECT APPLICATION FILED BY THE ASSESSEE UNDER SEC TION 4 OF THE ACT. THE RELEVANT PORTIONS OF THE OBSERVATIONS OF THE HONBL E HIGH COURT OF MADRAS VIDE ORDER DATED 16.10.2020 ARE EXTRACTED AS UNDER: - 2. WE HAVE HEARD MR.M.P.SENTHIL KUMAR LEARNED C OUNSEL APPEARING FOR THE APPELLANT/ASSESSEE AND MR.T.R.SENTHIL KUMAR LEA RNED SENIOR STANDING COUNSEL AND MS. K.G.USHA RANI LEARNED COUNSEL FOR THE RE SPONDENT/REVENUE. 3. THE LEARNED COUNSEL FOR THE APPELLANT / ASSESSEE ON INSTRUCTIONS SUBMITTED THAT THE APPELLANT / ASSESSEE INTENDS TO AVAIL THE BENEF IT OF VIVAD SE VISHWAS SCHEME (VVS SCHEME' FOR BREVITY) AND IN THIS REGARD THE ASSESSEE IS TAKING STEPS TO FILE THE APPLICATION / DECLARATION IN FORM NO. 1. 4. IT MAY NOT BE NECESSARY FOR THIS COURT TO DECIDE THE SUBSTANTIAL QUESTIONS OF LAW FRAMED FOR CONSIDERATION ON ACCOUNT OF CERTAIN SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENTS. THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ENACTED THE DIRECT TAX VIVAD SE VISHWAS ACT 2020 (ACT 3 OF 2020) TO PROVIDE FOR RESOLUTION OF DISPUTED TAX AND FOR MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH OR INCIDENTAL THERETO. THE ACT OF THE PARLIAMENT RE CEIVED THE ASSENT OF THE PRESIDENT ON 17TH MARCH 2020 AND PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA ON 17TH MARCH 2020. 5. IN TERMS OF THE SAID ACT THE ASSESSEE HAS BEEN GIVEN AN OPTION TO PUT AN END TO THE TAX DISPUTES WHICH MAY BE PENDING AT DIFFERENT LEVELS EITHER BEFORE THE FIRST APPELLATE AUTHORITY OR BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL OR BEFOR E THE HIGH COURT OR BEFORE THE HON'BLE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA. UNDER SECTION 2(J) 'DISPUTED TAX' HAS BEEN DEFINED. IN TERMS OF SECTION 3 WHERE A DECLARANT M EANS A PERSON WHO FILES A DECLARATION UNDER SECTION 4 ON OR BEFORE THE LAST D ATE FILES A DECLARATION TO THE DESIGNATED AUTHORITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISI ONS OF SECTION 4 IN RESPECT OF TAX ARREARS THEN NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING CONTAIN ED IN THE INCOME TAX ACT OR ANY OTHER LAW FOR THE TIME BEING IN FORCE THE AMOUNT P AYABLE BY THE DECLARANT SHALL BE DETERMINED IN TERMS OF SECTION 3(A-C) THEREUNDER. 6. THE FIRST PROVISO TO SECTION 3 STATES THAT IN CA SE WHERE AN APPEAL OR WRIT PETITION OR SPECIAL LEAVE PETITION IS FILED BY THE INCOME TA X AUTHORITY ON ANY ISSUE BEFORE THE APPELLATE FORUM THE AMOUNT PAYABLE SHALL BE ON E-HALF OF THE AMOUNT IN THE TABLE STIPULATED IN SECTION 3 CALCULATED ON SUCH IS SUE IN SUCH A MANNER AS MAY BE PRESCRIBED. THE SECOND PROVISO DEALS WITH THE CASES WHERE THE MATTER IS BEFORE THE COMMISSIONER (APPEALS) OR BEFORE THE DISPUTE RE SOLUTION PANEL. THE THIRD PROVISO DEALS WITH CASES WHERE THE ISSUE IS PENDIN G BEFORE THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL. THE FILING OF THE DECLARATION I S AS PER SECTION 4 OF THE ACT AND THE PARTICULARS TO BE FURNISHED ARE ALSO MENTIONED IN THE SUB SECTIONS OF SECTION 4. SECTION 5 OF THE ACT DEALS WITH THE TIME AND MAN NER OF THE PAYMENT AND SECTION 6 DEALS WITH IMMUNITY FROM INITIATION OF PROCEEDING S IN RESPECT OF OFFENCE AND IMPOSITION OF PENALTY IN CERTAIN CASES. SECTION 9 O F THE ACT DEALS WITH CASES WHERE THE ACT 3 OF 2020 WILL NOT BE APPLICABLE. 7. AS OBSERVED THE ASSESSEE IS GIVEN LIBERTY TO RE STORE THIS APPEAL IN THE EVENT THE ULTIMATE DECISION TO BE TAKEN ON THE DECLARATION TO BE FILED BY THE ASSESSEE UNDER ITA NOS.843/C/16 IT(SS) A NO.6/C/17 435-437/C/18 1339/C/18 2131/C/18 549 & 552/C/19 :: 6 :: SECTION 4 OF THE SAID ACT IS NOT IN FAVOUR OF THE A SSESSEE. IF SUCH A PRAYER IS MADE THE REGISTRY SHALL ENTERTAIN THE PRAYER WITHOUT INS ISTING UPON ANY APPLICATION TO BE FILED FOR CONDONATION OF DELAY IN RESTORATION OF TH E APPEAL AND ON SUCH REQUEST MADE BY THE ASSESSEE BY FILING A MISCELLANEOUS PETITION FOR RESTORATION THE REGISTRY SHALL PLACE SUCH PETITION BEFORE THE DIVISION BENCH FOR O RDERS. 8. IN THE LIGHT OF THE ABOVE WE DIRECT THE APPE LLANT / ASSESSEE TO FILE THE FORM NO.1 ON OR BEFORE 20.11.2020 AND THE COMPETENT AUTH ORITY SHALL PROCESS THE APPLICATION / DECLARATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AC T AND PASS APPROPRIATE ORDERS AS EXPEDITIOUSLY AS POSSIBLE PREFERABLY WITHIN A PERIO D OF SIX (6) WEEKS FROM THE DATE ON WHICH THE DECLARATION IS FILED IN THE PROPER FOR M. 6. IN THE LIGHT OF THE ABOVE DECISION OF THE HONBL E HIGH COURT OF MADRAS AND BY TAKING NOTE OF THE FACT THAT SOME ASSESSEE S HAVE ALREADY FILED DECLARATION IN FORM NO.1 ALONG WITH FORM NO.2 TO TH E DESIGNATED AUTHORITY AND RECEIVED FORM NO.3 AND SOME ASSESSEES HAD AL READY FILED FORM NOS.1 & 2 AND AWAITING FORM NO. 3 FROM THE DESIGNATED AUT HORITY AND ALSO THE FACT THAT REMAINING ASSESSEES ARE WILLING TO FILE FORM NOS.1 AND 2 WITHIN THE DUE DATE PRESCRIBED FOR THIS PURPOSE WE DISMIS S THE APPEALS FILED BY THE ASSESSEES AS WITHDRAWN. HOWEVER A LIBERTY IS GIVEN TO THE ASSESSEES TO RESTORE THE APPEALS IN THE EVENT OF THE DESI GNATED AUTHORITY FOR ANY REASON REJECT THE APPLICATION FILED BY THE ASSESSEE UNDER SECTION 4 OF THE SAID ACT. WE FURTHER MAKE IT CLEAR THAT IN A CASE S WHERE THE APPEAL IS FILED BY THE REVENUE AND THE ASSESSEES HAVE FOR ANY REAS ON OPTED OUT FROM THE SCHEME OR THE APPLICANTS UNDER THE SCHEME MISREPRES ENTS ANY FACTS WHICH RESULTED IN REJECTION OF APPLICATION FILED UNDER TH E SCHEME THEN THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 4(6) OF THE ACT SHALL BE APP LICABLE TO ALL APPEALS AND IN SUCH CASES ALL THE PROCEEDINGS AND CLAIMS WHICH WERE WITHDRAWN UNDER SECTION 4 AND ALL THE CONSEQUENCES UNDER THE INCOME -TAX ACT AGAINST THE ITA NOS.843/C/16 IT(SS) A NO.6/C/17 435-437/C/18 1339/C/18 2131/C/18 549 & 552/C/19 :: 7 :: DECLARANT SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE BEEN REVIVED. WE FURTHER MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE ASSESSEES SHOULD PROMPTLY INFORM THE ASSE SSING OFFICER ABOUT THEIR DECISION TO OPT OUT OF THE SCHEME OR REJECTIO N OF APPLICATION BY THE DESIGNATED AUTHORITY TO THE ASSESSING OFFICER SO A S TO ENABLE TO FILE MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATION TO RESTORE THE APPEAL. 7. IN THE RESULT ALL THE APPEALS FILED BY THE ASSE SSES AS WELL AS THE REVENUE ARE DISMISSED AS WITHDRAWN. ORDER PRONOUNCED ON THE 17 TH DAY OF MARCH 2021 IN CHENNAI. SD/- SD/- ( . ) ( S. JAYARAMAN ) /ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ( . . ) (DUVVURU R.L. REDDY) /JUDICIAL MEMBER /CHENNAI /DATED: 17 TH MARCH 2021. TLN /COPY TO: 1. /APPELLANT 4. /CIT 2. /RESPONDENT 5. /DR 3. ( ) /CIT(A) 6. ! /GF