NARPAT MEHTA, MUMBAI v. ACIT CEN CIR 4(1), MUMBAI

ITA 2151/MUM/2015 | 2005-2006
Pronouncement Date: 30-09-2016 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 215119914 RSA 2015
Assessee PAN AAEPM9981G
Bench Mumbai
Appeal Number ITA 2151/MUM/2015
Duration Of Justice 1 year(s) 5 month(s) 16 day(s)
Appellant NARPAT MEHTA, MUMBAI
Respondent ACIT CEN CIR 4(1), MUMBAI
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 30-09-2016
Appeal Filed By Department
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted B
Tribunal Order Date 30-09-2016
Assessment Year 2005-2006
Appeal Filed On 13-04-2015
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL B BENCH MUM BAI BEFORE SHRI R.C. SHARMA AM AND SHRI SANDEEP GOSAIN JM ./ I.T.A. NO. 2151 & 2153/MUM/2015 ( / ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2005-06 & 2008-09) SHRI. NARPAT MEHTA 901 JUHU HARSHAL SAMRTH RAMDAS MARG GULMOHAR CROSS ROAD NO.8 J.V.P.D. SCHEME VILE PARLE (W) MUMBAI-400 049. / VS. ACIT CENTRAL CIRCLE-4(1) 19 TH FLOOR AIR INDIA BUILDING NARIMAN POINT MUMBAI-400 020. ./ ./PAN/GIR NO. AAEPM 9981G ( /APPELLANT ) : ( / RESPONDENT ) / APPELLANT BY : SHRI VIJAY MEHTA AND SHRI ANUJ KISNADWALA / RESPONDENT BY : SHRI N.P. SINGH / DATE OF HEARING : 20/07/2016 !'# / DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 30/09/2016 $% / O R D E R PER SANDEEP GOSAIN JUDICIAL MEMBER: THERE ARE TWO APPEALS UNDER CONSIDERATION. THESE AP PEALS ARE FILED BY THE ASSESSEE AGAINST THE ORDERS OF CIT(A)- 52 DATED 2 3.01.2015 FOR THE ASST YEAR: 2005-2006 AND 2008-09 . SINCE THE ISSUES RAISED IN THESE TWO APPEALS ARE IDENTICAL EXCEPT FOR YEAR OF ASSESSMENT THEREFORE FOR THE SAK E OF CONVENIENCE; THEY ARE CLUBBED HEARD AND DISPOSED OF BY THIS CONSOLIDATED ORDER. 2 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT 1. THE LEARNED COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX APPEAL -52 ERRED IN THE FACTS AND IN LAW IN DISALLOWING THE INTEREST PAID OF RS.1 94 715/- AND BUSINESS EXPENSES OF RS.1 82 715/- AGAINST INTEREST INCOME O F RS.1 07 375/- RECEIVED FROM PARTNERSHIP FIRM. SUCH DISALLOWANCE IS BAD IN LAW AND THE SAME NEEDS TO BE DELETED. 2. THE BRIEF FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE ASSESSE E WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE KANAKIA GROUP (KANAKIA MANAGEMENT SERVICES) AND WAS DERIVING INCOME FROM SALARY OTHER SOURCES ETC. DURING THE YEAR THE AS SESSEE WAS ALSO A PARTNER IN A FIRM VIZ. M/S. D.V. CORPORATION. HE FILED HIS RETURN OF INCOME ORIGINALLY ON 31/08/2006 DECLARING INCOME OF RS.2 50 444/-. LATER A SEARCH AND SEIZURE ACTION U/S 132(1) OF THE ACT WAS CARRIED OUT ON KANAKIA GROUP OF COMPANI ES ON 29/3/2011 DURING THE COURSE OF WHICH RESIDENTIAL PREMISES OF THE ASSESSE E WERE ALSO COVERED. SUBSEQUENTLY A NOTICE U/S 153A OF THE ACT WAS ISSU ED TO THE ASSESSEE ON 4/1/2012. IN RESPONSE THE ASSESSEE FILED A RETURN OF INCOME ON 31/1/2012 DECLARING TOTAL INCOME OF RS.2 50 804/- (ALMOST THE SAME INCOME WHI CH WAS DISCLOSED IN THE ORIGINAL RETURN OF INCOME). THEREAFTER STATUTORY N OTICES U/S 143(2) AND 142(1) OF THE ACT WERE ISSUED ON 9/7/2012 AND 10/7/2012 FOLL OWED BY A QUESTIONNAIRE DATED 30/1/2013 CALLING FOR VARIOUS DETAILS AND CLARIFIC ATIONS. IN DUE CONSIDERATION TO THE FACTS OF THE CASE THE AO DISALLOWED ASSESSEES CLA IM OF DEDUCTION FOR BUSINESS EXPENSES TO THE TUNE OF RS.1 82 715/- AND INTEREST PAID ON LOAN OF RS.1 94 749/- BY HOLDING THAT THESE EXPENSES WERE OF PERSONAL NATURE AND THEREFORE COULD NOT BE 3 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT ALLOWED AGAINST INCOME EARNED BY THE ASSESSEE. FINA LLY THE ASSESSMENT WAS COMPLETED ON AN INCOME OF RS.6 28 270/- VIDE ORDER DATED 28/3/2013 PASSED U/S 143(3) READ WITH SECTION 153A OF THE ACT. 3. AGGRIEVED BY THE ORDER OF AO THE ASSESSEE PREFE RRED PRESENT APPEAL BEFORE CIT(A) AND THE CIT(A) AFTER HEARING THE CASE DISMIS SED THE APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE. 4. AGGRIEVED BY THE ORDER OF CIT(A) THE ASSESSEE F ILED THE PRESENT APPEAL BEFORE US ON THE GROUNDS MENTIONED HEREIN ABOVE. 4.1 AN APPLICATION FOR FILING OF ADDITIONAL GROUNDS OF APPEAL HAS ALSO BEEN MOVED IN BOTH THE APPEALS. AS PER THE CONTENTS OF T HE LETTER DATED 18.07.2007. IT HAS BEEN MENTIONED THAT NO ADDITION CAN BE MADE IN RES PECT OF NON-ABATED YEAR IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY INCRIMINATING MATERIAL WAS RAISED BE FORE CIT(A). HOWEVER THE ASSESSEE INTEND TO RAISE ADDITIONAL GROUND THAT DIS ALLOWANCE MADE BY AO IS BAD IN LAW AND IN THIS RESPECT CONTENTS OF LETTER ARE REPR ODUCED BELOW: KINDLY REFER TO THE ABOVE MATTER WHICH HAS BEEN FIX ED FOR HEARING ON 18.07.2016. THE SAID APPEAL ARISES OUT OF THE ORDER OF THE ASSESSING OFFICER PASSED U/S 143(3) OF THE ACT ON 28.03.2013. IN THE APPEAL AGAINST THE SAID ORDER A GROUND CHALLENGING THAT N O ADDITION CAN BE MADE IN RESPECT OF NON ABATED YEAR IN ABSENCE OF ANY INCRIMINATING MATERIAL FOUND DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH WAS RAI SED BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) BUT THE SAME WAS DISMISSED. AGGRIEVED BY THE ORDER OF THE LEARNED CIT(A) THE ASSESSEE HAS FILED THE PRESENT APPEAL BEFORE YOUR HONOURS. IN THE GROUNDS OF APPEAL FILED BEFORE YOUR HONOURS GROUND NO.1 CHALLENGES THAT THE DISALLOWANCE MADE BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER IS 4 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT BAD IN LAW. IT IS SUBMITTED THAT THE ASSESSEE INTEN DS TO RAISE A GROUND STATING THAT THE ADDITIONS MADE BY THE ASSESSING OF FICER ARE BAD IN LAW SINCE THEY ARE NOT BASED ON ANY INCRIMINATING M ATERIAL FOUND DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH. ACCORDINGLY THE GROUN D NO.1 OF THE PRESENT APPEAL COVERS THE ASSESSEES ARGUMENT THAT THE ADDITIONS ARE BAD IN LAW. HOWEVER OUT OF THE ABUNDANT PRECAUTION THE ASSESSEE IS FILING ADDITIONAL ROUNDS OF APPEAL SPECIFICALLY CHA LLENGING THAT THE ADDITIONS MADE BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER ARE BAD IN LAW SINCE THEY ARE NOT BASED ON ANY INCRIMINATING MATERIAL FOUND DURIN G THE COURSE OF SEARCH. IT IS SUBMITTED THAT THE ADDITIONAL GROUNDS OF APPEAL RAISE PURELY QUESTION OF LAW AND NO NEW FACTS ARE REQUIRE D TO BE BROUGHT ON RECORD. IT IS THEREFORE HUMBLY PRAYED THAT THE AD DITIONAL ROUNDS OF APPEAL MAY KINDLY BE ADMITTED AND ADJUDICATED BY YO UR HONOURS. IN THIS REGARD WE RELY UPON THE FOLLOWING DECISIONS R ENDERED BY VARIOUS COURTS. I. NATIONAL THERMAL POWER CORPORATION V. CIT [229 ITR 383 (SC)] II. JUTE COROPORATION OF INDIA LTD. V. CIT [187 ITR 688 (SC)] III. AHMEDABAD ELECTRICITY CO. LTD. V. CIT [199 ITR 351 (BOM)(FB)] 4.2 WE HAVE HEARD COUNSEL FOR BOTH THE PARTIES ON A PPLICATION FOR RAISING ADDITIONAL GROUNDS AND CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT TH E GROUND RAISED THROUGH THE PRESENT APPLICATION IS PURELY LEGAL IN NATURE AND N O NEW EVIDENCE IS REQUIRED TO BE BROUGHT ON RECORD IN DECIDING THE PURE QUESTION OF LAW. THEREFORE CONSIDERING THE SETTLED RATIO LAID DOWN IN THE AFORE MENTIONED JUDG EMENTS WE ALLOW THE ASSESSEE TO FILE/RAISE ADDITIONAL GROUNDS OF APPEAL. 1 THE LEARNED CIT (A) ERRED IN LAW AND ON FACTS I N HOLDING THAT THE ASSESSING OFFICER HAD A JURISDICTION TO MAKE ADDITIONS IN THE ORDER PASSED U/S 153A R.W.S. 143(3) OF THE ACT EVEN THOUGH THE SAID ADDI TIONS WERE NOT BASED ON ANY INCRIMINATING MATERIAL FOUND DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH. 5 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT 2. THE LEARNED CIT(A) OUGHT TO HAVE DELETED THE ADD ITIONS MADE BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER IN THE ORDER PASSED U/S 153A R.W. S. 143(3) OF THE ACT SINCE THE SAID ADDITIONS WERE NOT BASED ON ANY INCRIMINAT ING MATERIAL FOUND DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH. ITA NO. 2151/MUM/2015 (A.Y. 2005-06) 5. SINCE ALL THE GROUNDS RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE ARE INTER-CONNECTED AND INTER- RELATED THEREFORE WE THOUGHT IT FIT TO DISPOSE OFF THE SAME THROUGH A COMMON ORDER. THE ADDITIONAL GROUND NOW RAISED BEFORE US IS PUREL Y LEGAL IN NATURE THEREFORE WE HAVE DECIDED TO ADJUDICATE THE ADDITIO NAL GROUND BEFORE DECIDING THE MERITS OF THE CASE. 6. THE LD. AR APPEARING ON BEHALF OF ASSESSEE SUBMI TTED BEFORE US THAT FOR NON-ABATED YEAR WHEREIN ASSESSMENT WAS COMPLETED U/ S 143(1) OF THE ACT AN ADDITION TO THE INCOME CAN BE MADE IN AN ASSESSMENT MADE U/S 153A/153C OF THE ACT ONLY ON THE BASIS OF MATERIAL FOUND DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH. IN THIS RESPECT LD. AR MENTIONED THE CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS WHICH ARE REPRODUCED BELOW: SR. NO. PARTICULARS A.Y. 2005-06 1. ORIGINAL RETURN FILED U/S 139 OF THE ACT 31.08.2 006 2. TIME LIMIT FOR ISSUING NOTICE U/S 143(2) OF THE ACT 31.08.2007 3. SEARCH AND SEIZURE ACTION U/S 132 OF THE ACT 29. 03.2011 6 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT 6.1 FROM THE AFORE MENTIONED CHRONOLOGY IT IS REFLE CTED THAT THE PRESENT ASSESSMENT IS NON ABATED. LD. AR RELIED UPON THE FOLLOWING JUDGMENTS IN ORDER TO SHOW THAT NO ADDITION IN THE INCOME CAN BE MADE IN ANY ASSESSMENT U/S 153A/153C OF THE ACT WITHOUT ANY INCREMENTING MATER IAL FOUND DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH: 1. ALL CARGO GLOBAL LOGISTICS (374 ITR 645 (BOM)] 2. CIT V. KABUL CHAWLA [380 ITR 573(DEL)] 3. DY. CIT V. RASESH KANAKIA BEING ITA NOS: 3192-3 916/MUM/2014 FOR AYS 2005-06 TO 2009-10 DATED 10.02.2016 (COPY ENCLOSED) 4. SUNCITY ALLOYS (P) LTD. V. ACIT [124 TTJ 674(JO D)]. 5. ATITHI N. PATEL [ITA NO:43/MUM/2010 ORDER DATED 22.08.2012] 6. SAF YEAST CO. PVT. LTD. V ACIT [ITA NO.1074/PN/2 007 ORDER DATED 03.10.2012] 7. B.R. MACHINE TOOLS P. LTD. V ACIT [ITA NO.4174/ MUM/2013 ORDER DATED 06.12.2013] 8. GURINDER SINGH BAWA [ ITA NO.2075/MUM/2010 ORDER DATED 16.11.2012] RAKSHA CHHADWA V ACIT [ITA NO.8576 & 8577/MUM/2010 FOR A.Y. 2003- 04 & 2005-06 ORDER DATED 17.10.2014]. LD. AR ALSO SUBMITTED THAT IDENTICAL QUESTION OF LA W WAS INVOLVED IN THE CASE OF KANAKIA GROUP OF COMPANIES. SEARCH ON WHOS E PREMISES WAS CONDUCTED BY THE INVESTIGATING UNIT MUMBAI ON 09.03.2011 AND AT THAT TIME THE ASSESSEE WAS EMPLOYEE OF KANAKIA GROUP COMPANIES (KANAKIA MANAG EMENT SERVICES ) AND REGARDING THAT SEARCH AND SUBSEQUENT ADDITIONS WERE CHALLENGED BEFORE ITAT AND 7 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT THE HONBLE ITAT IN ITA NO. 3192 TO 3196/MUM/2014 H AD ALREADY DECIDED THIS ISSUE IN FAVOUR OF RESPECTIVE ASSESSEES VIDE ORDER DATED 10.02.2016 6.2 BEFORE WE DECIDE THE MERITS OF THE CASE IT IS N ECESSARY TO EVALUATE THE ORDERS PASSED BY THE HONBLE ITAT THE OPERATIVE PARA OF H ONBLE ITAT DATED 10.09.2009 IN ITA NO. 3192 TO 3196/MUM/2014 ARE REPRODUCED BEL OW WE HAVE CONSIDERED THE RIVAL CONTENTION AND ALSO P ERUSED THE MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON RECORD. WE FIND THAT THE ISSUE IN THIS APPEAL IS SQUARELY COVERED BY THE DECISION VIDE ORDERS DATED 18-01-2016 OF THE MUMBAI TRIBUNAL IN ITA NO'S. 3187- 3189/MUM/2014 IN WHICH ONE OF US (ACCOUNTANT MEMBE R) WAS MEMBER OF THE DIVISION BENCH WHO ADJUDICATED THE AFORE-STATED APP EAL'S WHEREBY REVENUE APPEAL'S WERE DISMISSED WHICH IS REPRODUCED BELOW : 'THESE THREE APPEALS BY THE REVENUE ARE DIRECTED AG AINST THREE SEPARATE ORDERS OF THE LEARNED COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS)- 4 0 MUMBAI (HEREINAFTER CALLED 'THE CIT(A)') ALL DATED 18-2-2014 PERTAINING TO THE ASSESSMENT YEARS 2007- 08 TO 2009-10. SINCE SIMILAR GROUNDS OF APPEAL ARE RAISED IN ALL THESE THREE APPEALS WE HAVE DISPOSED OF ALL THESE THREE APPEAL S BY THIS COMMON ORDER FOR THE SAKE OF CONVENIENCE AND BREVITY. 2. THE COMMON GROUNDS OF APPEAL RAISED BY THE REVEN UE IN ALL THESE APPEALS FILED WITH THE TRIBUNAL READS AS UNDER:- '1. WHETHER ON THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE C ASE AND IN LAW THE CIT(A) WAS CORRECT IN HOLDING THAT THERE EXISTED A NEXUS BETWE EN THE INTEREST EXPENSE AND INTEREST INCOME SOLELY ON THE BASIS OF THE BANK STA TEMENTS. 2. THE APPELLANT CRAVES TO LEAVE TO ADD TO AMEND AND / OR TO ALTER ANY OF GROUNDS OF APPEAL IF NEED BE. 3. THE APPELLANT THEREFORE PRAYS THAT ON THE GROU NDS STATED ABOVE THE ORDER OF THE CIT(A)-40 MUMBAI MAY BE SET ASIDE AND THAT OF THE ASSESSING OFFICER RESTORED. ' . 3. WE SHALL TAKE REVENUE'S APPEAL IN ITA NO. 3187/M UM/2014 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2007-08 AS LEAD APPEAL. 8 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT 4. THE BRIEF FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE ASSESSE E IS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF KANAKIA SPACES PVT. LTD. AND IN-CHARGE OF THE PROJE CT PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY. THE KANAKIA GROUP IS PRIMARILY ENGAGED IN THE REAL ESTATE HOSPITALITY ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY. THE ASSESSEE GROUP HAS NUMEROUS COMMERCIAL AND RESI DENTIAL PROJECTS IN MUMBAI WITH QUALITY CONSTRUCTION AND LAYOUTS. . 5. THERE WAS A SEARCH AND SEIZURE ACTION U/ S 132 O F THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (HEREINAFTER CALLED 'THE ACT') CONDUCTED BY THE INV ESTIGATION UNIT- V(2) MUMBAI ON 29-03-2011 AT THE BUSINESS AND RESIDENTI AL PREMISES OF THE DIRECTORS OF THE ASSESSEE'S GROUP COMPANIES WHICH WAS CONCLUD ED ON 24-05-2011. DURING THE COURSE OF THE SEARCH PROCEEDINGS U/S 132(1) OF THE ACT CASH OF RS. 28 550/- ALONG WITH JEWELLERY OF RS. 1 68 36 786/- WAS FOUND FROM THE RESIDENTIAL PREMISES OF THE ASSESSEE. HOWEVER THERE WAS NO SEIZURE OF C ASH AND JEWELLERY FROM THE ASSESSEE DURING THE COURSE OF THE SEARCH PROCEEDING S U/S 132(1) OF THE ACT. HOWEVER DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH OPERATIONS AGA INST DIFFERENT ASSESSEE'S OF THE GROUP BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS DOCUMENTS VALUABLES DIARIES AND OTHER LOOSE PAPERS WERE SEIZED. BASED UPON THE SEARCH AND POST SEARCH ENQUIRIES THE ASSESSEE MADE DISCLOSURE OF RS. 49 750/- AS SALE OF SCRAP. 6. NOTICE U/ S 153A OF THE ACT WAS ISSUED TO THE AS SESSEE ON 04. 01.2012 AND IN RESPONSE THEREOF THE ASSESSEE FILED HIS RETURN OF I NCOME ON 31.01.2012 DECLARING A TOTAL INCOME OF RS. 14 74 33 828/-. NOTICES DATED 1 1-7-2012 U/S 143(2) AND 142(1) OF THE ACT WERE ISSUED TO THE ASSESSEE AND SERVED U PON THE ASSESSEE. DURING THE COURSE OF THE ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS U/ S 153A OF T HE ACT THE ASSESSEE REPLIED THE RELEVANCE OF THE SEIZED MATERIAL. THE LEARNED A SSESSING OFFICER(HEREINAFTER CALLED 'THE AO') OBSERVED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS EAR NED INTEREST INCOME OF RS. 99 01 472/- AND CLAIMED INTEREST EXPENSES OF RS. 96 24.943/- AGAINST THE SAME. THE BREAK UP IS AS UNDER- NAME OF THE PARTY INTEREST (RS) AMOUNT(RS.) INTEREST EARNED KANAKIA CONSTRUCTIONS PVT. LTD 5805208 KANAKIA HOSPITALITY PVT. LTD. 1833985 SUPREME REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS P. LTD. 2262279 9 9 01 472 INTEREST PAID BABUBHAI M. KANAKIA 1395443 EVERGREEN FINANCIAL SERVICES 8139500 M J CHOTANI 90000 (96 24 943) TOTAL 2 76 529 THE ASSESSEE OFFERED THE BALANCE NET INTEREST OF RS . 2 76 529/- TO TAX ALONG WITH CERTAIN OTHER DISALLOWANCES AS ASSESSED IN THE OR DER DATED 31-12-2009 PASSED U/S 143(3) READ WITH SECTION 153A OF THE ACT PURSUANT T O THE FIRST SEARCH CONDUCTED BY REVENUE ON 19-07-2007. THE A. O. OBSERVED THAT THE ASSESSEE CLAIMED DEDUCTION 9 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT AGAINST INCOME FROM OTHER SOURCES U/ S 57(III) OF T HE ACT WHICH STIPULATES AS UNDER:- '(III] ANY OTHER EXPENDITURE (NOT BEING IN THE NATU RE OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURE) LAID OUT OR EXPENDED WHOLLY AND EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE PURP OSE OF MAKING OR EARNING SUCH INCOME'. THE A. O. OBSERVED THAT THE EXPENDITURE CLAIMED BY THE ASSESSEE AS A DEDUCTION AGAINST INCOME FROM OTHER SOURCES HAS TO BE EXPENDE D WHOLLY AND EXCLUSIVELY FOR EARNING SUCH INCOME. THE ASSESSEE WAS SHOW CAUSED V IDE NOTICE DATED 12.03.2013 TO EXPLAIN THE CLAIM OF DEDUCTION OF INTEREST EXPEN SES AGAINST THE INTEREST INCOME THE ASSESSEE REPLIED VIDE LETTER DATED 25-3-2013 W HICH IS REPRODUCED BELOW:- 'THIS IS IN REFERENCE TO YOUR SHOW CAUSE NOTICE U/ S. 142 (1) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 DATED 12.03.2013. IN RESPONSE TO THE SAID NOTI CE UNDER THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM OUR ABOVE CLIENT WE SUBMIT AS UNDER: REGARDING INTEREST EXPENSES CLAIMED AGAINST INTERES T INCOME WE REPLY IS AS UNDER- WE HAVE TO DREW YOUR HONOUR'S ATTENTION TOWARDS THE FACT THAT SIMILAR ISSUE WAS ALREADY CONSIDERED IN THE ORDER THAT WAS PASSED IN CONNECTION WITH THE EARLIER SEARCH. SINCE ORDER WAS PASSED UNDER SECTION 153A IT WAS ALSO PASSED WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE THEN LEARNED ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONE R INCOME TAX CENTRAL RANGE - 7 MUMBAI. WE DRAW YOUR HONOUR'S ATTENTION TO THE ORDER FOR A Y 2007-08 THAT WAS PASSED U/ S. 153 A ON 31/ 12/2009. RELEVANT PART FROM THE SAID ORDER IS REPRODUCED AS UNDER: I HAVE CONSIDERED THE SUBMISSION OF THE ASSESSE AND THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE. THE ASSESSE HAS PAID INTEREST OF RS.90 00 0/- TO SHRI M J CHOTANI ON A LOAN OF RS. 5 00 000/- @ 18%. THE INTEREST PAID TO SHRI M.J. CHOTANI WAS DISALLOWED FOR THE REASONS DISCUSSED IN EARLIER ASS ESSMENT YEARS. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN THE FACTS OF THE CASE. ACCORDINGLY I NTEREST OF RS. 90 000/- PAID TO SHRI M.J. CHOTANI IS DISALLOWED AND ADDED TO THE TOTAL I NCOME. FURTHER THE ASSESSE HAS RECEIVED INTEREST OF RS. 9 9 01 472/- ON THE AVERAGE VALUE OF LOANS GIVEN DURING THE YEAR RS. 8 25 12 267/- AS AGAINST THE ASSESSE HAS PAID INTEREST OF RS. 95 34 933/- (EXCLUDING THE INTEREST OF RS. 90 000/- PAID TO SHRI M.J. CHOTANI AS DISCUSSED ABOVE) ON AVERAGE VALUE OF LOA N RECEIVED DURING THE YEAR OF RS. 11 43 43 933/- (EXCLUDING THE LOAN. OF RS. 5 00 000/- RECEIVED FROM SHRI M.J. CHOTANI). THE ASSESSE HAS PAID EXCESS INTEREST RS 38 19 800/- (@ 12% ON THE EXCESS AVERAGE VALUE OF LOANS GIVEN OFRS.3 18 31 66 6/-). KEEPING IN VIEW OF THE FACTS OF THE CASE THE INTER EST OF RS. 38 19 800/- IS DISALLOWED OUT OF INTEREST PAID.' COPY OF THE ORDER IS ENCLOSED FOR REFERENCE. 10 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT AS IT IS EVIDENT FROM THE ABOVE THE CLAIM OF INTER EST PAID OF RS.57 15 143/- WAS ALLOWED TO THE ASSESSE AFTER DISALLOWING SUM OF RS. 39 09 800/ - CONSIDERING FACTS OF THE CASE. ON THE BASIS OF THE SAME IN THE RETURN FILED U/ S. 153 A ASSESSEE HAD ALREADY DISALLOWED SUM OF RS. 39 09 800/- OUT OF TOTAL INTE REST PAID OF RS. 96 24 943/-. THUS CLAIM OF INTEREST EXPENSE NEEDS TO BE ALLOWED TO THE ASSESSE. MOREOVER WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE ABOVE WE HAVE TO SUBMIT THAT THE ISSUE OF NETTING OF INTE REST HAS NOT EMERGED IN THE PRESENT SEARCH. YOUR HONOUR WILL APPRECIATE THAT TH E SPECIAL BENCH OF MUMBAI ITAT IN THE CASE OF ALL CARGO GLOBAL LOGISTICS LTD. V. DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INCOME-TAX CENTRAL CIRCLE-44 [2012J 23 TAXMANN.COM 103 (MUM) (SB) HELD THAT IN CASE OF ASSESSMENTS WHICH DO NOT ABATE PURSUANT TO ISSUE OF NOTICE UNDER SECTION 153A. IN ADDITION TO INCOME THAT HAS ALREAD Y BEEN ASSESSED. ASSESSMENT WILL BE MADE ON BASIS OF INCRIMINATING MATERIAL FOU ND IN COURSE OF SEARCH BUT NOT PRODUCED IN COURSE OF ORIGINAL ASSESSMENT AND UNDIS CLOSED INCOME OR PROPERTY DISCOVERED IN COURSE OF SEARCH. IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE DECISION IN THE ABSENCE OF AN Y INCRIMINATING MATERIAL IN THE CASE OF THE ASSESSEE NO FURTHER DISALLOWANCE OF IN TEREST IS POSSIBLE AND ACCORDINGLY NO DISALLOWANCE OF SUCH INTEREST CAN BE MADE IN THE CASE OF THE ASSESSEE. WE HOPE THAT ABOVE EXPLANATIONS WILL MEET YOUR REQU IREMENTS. ' THE A. O. AFTER CONSIDERING THE REPLIES OF THE ASSE SSEE HELD THAT THE ASSESSEE IS NOT ABLE TO ESTABLISH THE NEXUS BETWEEN THE FUNDS USED FOR GIVING INTEREST BEARING LOANS TO OTHER PARTIES ON WHICH INTEREST HAS BEEN EARNED; AND THE FUNDS WHICH HAVE BEEN TAKEN ON INTEREST BEARING LOAN FROM OTHER PARTIES. THE AO HELD THAT ONLY IF THE FUNDS TAKEN ON INTEREST BEARING LOAN W ERE ADVANCED BY THE ASSESSEE TO OTHER PARTIES FROM WHOM HE IS CHARGING INTEREST; CA N HE CLAIM DEDUCTION OF INTEREST PAID ON INTEREST EARNED AS PER LAW. THE A O HELD THAT THE ASSESSEE'S SUBMISSION IS COMPLETELY SILENT ON THE ASPECT OF NE XUS BETWEEN THE FUNDS AS ABOVE AND HENCE THE ASSESSEE HAD FAILED TO ESTABLISH THIS NEXUS AT ALL. THE NECESSARY AND SUFFICIENT CONDITION LAID DOWN IN THE STATUTE IS NO T SATISFIED AND THE AO HELD THAT HE HAS REASONABLE BELIEF THAT THE CAPITAL OF THE AS SESSEE HAS BEEN UTILIZED FOR THE OTHER PURPOSES AND THEREFORE THE ASSESSEE IS NOT EN TITLED TO CLAIM DEDUCTION. U/ S 57(III) OF THE ACT AND THUS THE DEDUCTION OF RS. 96 24 943/- CLAIMED BY THE ASSESSEE WAS DISALLOWED BY THE A.O. VIDE ASSESSMENT ORDERS DATED 28-03-2013 PASSED U/ S 153A OF THE ACT READ WITH SECTION 143(3 ) OF THE ACT. THE A. 0. ALSO CONSIDERED THE ALTERNATIVE SUBMISSIO N OF THE ASSESSEE THAT THERE IS A CHANGE OF OPINION WITH RESPECT TO THE CLAIM OF INTE REST IN COMPARISON TO THE LAST ASSESSMENT COMPLETED U/ S 153A OF THE ACT VIDE ORDE RS DATED 31.12.2009. THE 11 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT ASSESSEE VIDE LETTER DATED 25-3-2013 HAS SUBMITTED THAT SIMILAR ISSUE WAS CONSIDERED WHILE PASSING THE ORDER DATED 31.12.2009 U/ 153A OF THE ACT WHICH WAS PASSED WITH THE APPROVAL OF ADDL. CIT CENTRAL RANGE -7 MUMBAI. THE ASSESSEE HAS ALSO RELIED UPON THE DECISION OF SPECI AL BENCH DECISION OF ITAT IN THE CASE OF ALL CARGO GLOBAL LOGISTICS LTD. V. DCIT (2012) 23 TAXMANN.COM 103 (MUM)[SB] AND THE RELEVANT EXTRACTS OF THE DECISION ARE AS UNDER:- IN CASE OF ASSESSMENTS WHICH DO NOT ABATE PURSUANT TO ISSUE OF NOTICE UNDER SECTION 153A IN ADDITION TO INCOME THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN ASSESSED ASSESSMENT WILL BE MADE ON BASIS OF INCRIMINATING MATERIAL FOU ND IT1 COURSE OF SEARCH BUT NOT PRODUCED IN COURSE OF ORIGINAL ASSESSMENT AND UNDIS CLOSED INCOME OR PROPERTY DISCOVERED IN COURSE OF SEARCH. ' THUS THE ASSESSEE CONTENDED IN NUTSHELL THAT ONCE THE ASSESSMENT HAS ALREADY BEEN FINALIZED EARLIER AFTER DUE DELIBERATION ON TH E SAME ISSUE AND THAT NO INCRIMINATING MATERIAL HAS BEEN FOUND DURING THE CO URSE OF SEARCH ON THE SAME ISSUE ADDITIONS CANNOT BE MADE BY THE A 0. THE A 0 . HOWEVER REJECTED THE CONTENTIONS OF THE ASSESSEE BY HOLDING THAT IN CASE NOTICE U/ S 153A OF THE ACT WAS ISSUED AND THE ASSESSMENT IS DEEMED TO BE DE NOVO A ND THE A O. IS AT LIBERTY TO TAKE A DIFFERENT VIEW THAN THE VIEW TAKEN IN THE EA RLIER ASSESSMENTS EVEN IF THE ASSESSMENTS HAVE BEEN EARLIER COMPLETED U/ S 143(3) R. W.S .. 153A OF THE ACT AND THE ASSESSMENT CANNOT BE RESTRICTED TO THE SEIZED M ATERIAL ONLY. AS PER AO THE MANDATE OF SECTION 153A OF THE ACT GIVES THE ASSESS EE AN OPPORTUNITY TO FILE HIS CORRECT RETURN OF INCOME ONCE AGAIN AFTER THE SEARC H HAS BEEN CONDUCTED AND IT DOES NOT ABSOLVE THE ASSESSEE OF THE RESPONSIBILITY TO FURNISH THE CORRECT RETURN OF INCOME AS PER THE PROVISIONS OF LAW. THE A O. HELD THAT IT IS THE MANDATE OF THE LAW THAT THE A O. SHALL ASSESS OR REASSESS THE TOTA L INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE IN THE SIX IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING ASSESSMENT YEARS IN RESP ECT OF THE YEAR OF SEARCH. THE AO SHALL ASSESS OR REASSESS THE TOTAL INCOME OF SIX ASSESSMENT YEARS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE SEARCH YEAR. THUS THE A O. IN THE ASS ESSMENT PROCEEDINGS U/ S 153A OF THE ACT SHALL EXAMINE ALL THE ISSUES THAT COULD BE TAKEN UP IN PURSUANCE OF FILING OF REGULAR RETURN OF INCOME AND THE CONCEPT OF UNDI SCLOSED INCOME DOES NOT PREVAIL ANY LONGER WHILE FRAMING THE ASSESSMENTS/ R EASSESSMENTS UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 153A OF THE ACT. THE LEGISLAT URE HAS PURPOSELY OMITTED THE UNDISCLOSED INCOME FROM THE NEW PROVISIONS THEREFOR E THE ASSESSMENT OR REASSESSMENT SHALL BE MADE AS A NORMAL SCRUTINY ASS ESSMENT U/ S 143(3) OF THE ACT TAKING INTO EFFECT THE MATERIAL/ DOCUMENTS FOU ND IN THE COURSE OF SEARCH ACTION IF ANY. THE AO HELD THAT ASSESSMENT INCLUDE S REASSESSMENT AND THEREFORE EVEN IF THE INCOME OF AN EARLIER YEAR MAY BE UNDERG OING THE PROCESS OF REASSESSMENT IT CAN STILL BE ASSESSED AFRESH ON TH E BASIS OF THE MATERIAL WHICH WAS ALREADY ON RECORD AT THE TIME OF COMPLETION OF THE ORIGINAL ASSESSMENT. THE AO HELD THAT THE ISSUE OF 'INCRIMINATING DOCUMENT F OUND DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH' IS NOT A BINDING PRINCIPLE ON THE AO. THE A O. RELIED UPON THE RATIO OF THE DECISION OF HON'BLE DELHI HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF CIT V. ANIL KUMAR BHATIA DELIVERED ON 7TH AUGUST 2012 AND HELD THAT THE DEC ISION OF SPECIAL BENCH OF ITAT IN THE CASE OF ALL CARGO GLOBAL LOGISTICS (SUPRA) I S CONTRARY TO THE DECISION OF 12 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT HON'BLE DELHI HIGH COURT'S DECISION (SUPRA) AND SIN CE DECISION OF HON'BLE DELHI HIGH COURT IS A LATER DECISION IT SHALL SUPERSEDES THE SPECIAL BENCH DECISION DATED 06-07-2012 IN THE CASE OF ALL CARGO GLOBAL LO GISTICS (SUPRA). THE AO HELD THAT THE TOTAL INCOME CAN BE ASSESSED DE-NOVO OF TH E ASSESSEE BASED UPON SOUND REASONING AND A WELL REASONED ORDER ON ANY ISSUE HENCE THE ALTERNATIVE CONTENTION OF THE ASSESSEE IS REJECTED AND INTEREST INCOME IS ASSESSED AT RS. 99 01 472/- AND CLAIM OF DEDUCTION OF INTEREST OF R S. 96 24 943/ - AGAINST INTEREST INCOME WAS DISALLOWED VIDE ASSESSMENT ORDER DATED 2 8-03-2013 PASSED U/S 143(3) OF THE ACT READ WITH SECTION 153A OF THE ACT . 7. AGGRIEVED BY THE ASSESSMENT ORDERS DATED 28-03-2 013 PASSED BY THE A. O. U/ S 143(3) OF THE ACT READ WITH SECTION 153A OF THE ACT THE ASSESSEE PREFERRED AN FIRST APPEAL BEFORE THE CIT(A). 8. BEFORE THE CIT(A) THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED THAT T HE A.O. ERRED IN DISALLOWING THE ASSESSEE'S CLAIM OF DEDUCTION OF RS. 47 22 282/- TO WARDS INTEREST PAID ON LOANS WHILE THE A.O. TAXED THE ENTIRE INTEREST INCOME OF RS. 99 01 472/- ON THE GROUND THAT THERE WAS NO DIRECT CORRELATION BETWEEN THE LO AN TAKEN AND LOAN ADVANCED. THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED THAT THE ASSESSEE VOLUNTARIL Y DISALLOWED INTEREST OF RS. 39 09 800/- WHICH INCLUDED AN AMOUNT OF RS.90 OOO/- PAID TO SH. M.J.CHOTANI ON LOAN TAKEN FROM HIM WHICH WAS TREATED AS UNEXPLA INED IN EARLIER YEARS AND AN AMOUNT OF RS.38 19 800/ - ON THE DIFFERENCE OF AVE RAGE LOAN TAKEN ON WHICH INTEREST WAS PAID VIS-A-VIS AVERAGE LOAN GIVEN ON W HICH INTEREST WAS RECEIVED AT THE RATE OF 12%. BESIDES THE ASSESSEE DISALLOWED V OLUNTARILY AN AMOUNT OF 9 92 861/- AS INTEREST U/S 14A OF THE ACT AND THIS WAS ACCEPTED BY THE A. O. DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS U/S 153 A OF THE ACT PURSUANT TO FIRST SEARCH U/S 132(1) OF THE ACT INITIATED IN THE YEAR 2007 VIDE ORDER DATED 31-12- 2009. THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED THAT THE A. O. FAILED TO CONSIDER THAT THE SEARCH U/ S 132(1) OF THE ACT WAS FOR THE FIRST TIME CARRIED OU T ON 19.07.2007 AND VIDE THE ASSESSMENT ORDER FRAMED U/S 153A OF THE ACT DATED 3 1-12- 2009 SUCH CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE HAS BEEN EXAMINED IN DETAIL BY THE A.O. WH O ALLOWED THE SAME. THE ASSESSEE FURTHER SUBMITTED THAT NO INCRIMINATING MA TERIAL WAS FOUND OR UNEARTHED DURING THE COURSE OF SECOND SEARCH CONDUCTED ON 29- 3-2011 AND AS ENTIRE ISSUE HAD ALREADY BEEN EXAMINED IN DETAIL DURING THE COUR SE OF THE EARLIER SEARCH ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO THE FIRST SEARCH CARRIED OUT U/ S 132(1) OF THE ACT ON 19.07.2007 DISALLOWANCE MADE IS UNCALLED FO R AS IT AMOUNTS TO CHANGE OF OPINION AT THE END OF A.O. TO THE SAME MATERIAL FAC TS AND HENCE THE ADDITION MADE IS UNJUSTIFIED. THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED BEFORE THE CIT(A) THAT THE O RDER PASSED U/ S 143(3) READ WITH SECTION 153A OF THE ACT DATED 31-12-2009 AND P RESENT ASSESSMENT ORDERS DATED 28.03.2013 PASSED U/S 153A OF THE ACT READ WI TH SECTION 143(3) OF THE ACT THERE IS NO CHANGE IN THE MATERIAL FACTS. EARLIER T HE A. O. WAS CONVINCED THAT THERE IS NEXUS BETWEEN THE INTEREST INCOME AND INTE REST EXPENSES AND SINCE THE ORDER PASSED WITH THE APPROVAL OF LEARNED ADDL. CIT THE SAME FINDING NEEDS TO BE ACCEPTED BY THE SUCCESSOR OFFICER UNLESS THERE IS A NY NEW FINDING OR MATERIAL 13 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT CHANGE HENCE CONSISTENCY NEEDS TO BE FOLLOWED IN THE INCOME TAX PROCEEDINGS. THE ASSESSEE RELIED ON THE FOLLOWING CASE LAWS TO S UPPORT ITS CONTENTIONS:- (((I) RADHA SWAMI SATSANG V. CIT (1962) 193 ITR 321 (SC) (II) CIT V. DARIUS PANDOLE (20.11) 330 FTR 485 (BOM ) (III) DCIT V. GUJARAT NARMADA VALLEY FERTILIZERS CO . LTD. (2013) 215 TAXMAN 616 (GUJARAT) (IV) CONSOLIDATED FIBRES & CHEMICALS LTD. V. CIT - 273 ITR 353 (CAL.) (V) CIT WEST BENGAL-3 V. RAJAN PRASAD MOODY - 115 ITR 516 (VI) CIT V. SUJANI TEXTILE PVT. LTD. - 151 FTR 653 (VII) CIT V. AMRITABEN SHAH - 238 ITR 777 (DEL.) (VIII) CIT V. NEO POLY PACK PVT. LTD. - 245 ITR 492 (IX) PARSHURAM POTTERY WORKS CO. LTD. V. FTO - 106 ITR 1 (SC)' THUS THE ASSESSEE CONTENDED THAT THE ADDITION OF R S. 47 22 282/- MADE BY THE AO TO THE INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE NEEDS TO BE DELETED O N ACCOUNT OF CONSISTENCY AS NO NEW MATERIAL FACT HAS COME ON RECORD. THE CIT(A) AFTER CONSIDERING THE FACTS OF THE CASE AND SUBMISSION OF THE ASSESSEE AND THE ORDERS OF THE A.O. OBSERVED THAT THE EARLIE R SEARCH AND SEIZURE ACTION U/S 132(1) OF THE ACT WAS CARRIED OUT IN THE YEAR 2007 ON 19.07.2007 AND SUBSEQUENTLY THE ASSESSMENT ORDER U/ S 153A READ WI TH SECTION 143(3) OF THE ACT WAS PASSED ON 31-12-2009 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEARS 2 005-06 TO 2008-09 WHEREIN NO DISALLOWANCE OF INTEREST PAID ON LOAN TAKEN WAS MADE UNDER IDENTICAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE ASSESSEE'S CLAIM TOWARDS PAYM ENT OF INTEREST ON FUNDS BORROWED WAS ALLOWED AS EXPENDITURE U/ S 57(IFI) OF THE ACT AND THE CONTENTION OF THE ASSESSEE THAT WHEN THERE IS NO INCRIMINATING MA TERIAL FOUND DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH U/S 132(1) OF THE ACT CARRIED OUT FOR THE SECOND TIME ON 29-3-2011 AND NO NEW MATERIAL FACTS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT ON RECORD I N THE ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS THE ADDITION CANNOT BE SUSTAINED AND T HE A. 0. 'S ACTION IN DISALLOWING THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE TOWARD INTERE ST IS TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED AND UNWARRANTED. THE CIT(A) ALSO OBSERVED THAT SINCE TH E ASSESSEE IS OFFERING INCOME FROM INTEREST EQUITY DEMANDS THAT ANY EXPENDITURE INCURRED IN THE NATURE OF INTEREST ON LOAN TAKEN SHOULD ALSO BE ALLOWED. THE FACTS REVEALED THAT THE FUNDS HAVE COME TO THE BANK ACCOUNT OF THE ASSESSEE AND T HE LOANS HAVE BEEN GIVEN FROM THE SAME BANK ACCOUNT OF THE ASSESSEE THEREFORE T HE FLOW OF FUNDS I.E. INCOMING AND OUTGOING IS NOT IN DISPUTE. SINCE THE ISSUE HAS ALREADY BEEN EXAMINED IN THE HANDS OF THE ASSESSEE AT THE TIME OF EARLIER SEARCH ASSESSMENT'S U/ S 153A READ WITH SECTION 143(3) OF THE ACT VIDE ORDER DATED 31- 12-2009 AND THERE IS NO REASON TO DISALLOW SUCH A CLAIM TWO YEARS LATER THROUGH AN OTHER ASSESSMENT ORDERS ON SAME SET OF MATERIAL FACTS AND FURTHER NO INCRIMINA TING MATERIAL HAVING BEEN FOUND OR UNEARTHED AGAINST THE ASSESSEE DURING THE COURSE OF SECOND SEARCH PROCEEDINGS U/S. 132(1) OF THE ACT ON 29.03.2011 R ULE OF CONSISTENCY HAS TO BE FOLLOWED AS LAID DOWN BY SEVERAL DECISIONS REFERRED TO BY THE ASSESSEE THE CIT(A) HELD THAT INTEREST EXPENDITURE ON LOAN TAKEN IS A VALID AND ALLOWABLE CLAIM IN THE EYE OF LAW AND SHOULD BE ALLOWED. THE CIT(A) ALSO HELD THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS VOLUNTARILY DISALLOWED TOTAL INTEREST OFRS. 49 02 661/- (RS.90 000 + 14 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT RS.38 19 800/- + RS. 9 92 861/- ) IN THE RETURN OF INCOME FILED BY THE ASSESSEE APPEARS TO BE FAIR AND REASONABLE. THE ASSESSEE HAS OFFERED FOR TAXATION INTEREST INCOME OF RS. 51 79 190/ - . THE CIT(A) OBSERVED TH AT IN THE CURRENT YEAR AVERAGE LOAN TAKEN WORKS OUT TO RS. 11 48 43 933/- AND AVER AGE LOAN GIVEN WORKS OUT TO RS. 8 25 12 267/- THUS THE DIFFERENCE OF RS. 3 23 31 666/- THE EFFECTIVE RATE OF INTEREST WORKS OUT TO 12% I.E. 38 19 800/- WHICH IN TEREST HAS BEEN DISALLOWED VOLUNTARILY BY THE ASSESSEE IN THE RETURN OF INCOME FIELD WITH THE REVENUE WHICH IS FAIR AND REASONABLE. THE ASSESSEE ALSO DISALLOWE D INTEREST OF RS. 90 000/- PAID TO SH. M J CHOTANI AND FURTHER DISALLOWANCE OF RS. 9 92 861/- U/ S 14A OF THE ACT ON AVERAGE INVESTMENT IN SHARES AMOUNTING TO RS.5 13 43 681/ - DIVIDEND INCOME FROM WHICH HAS BEEN CLAIMED AS EXEMPTED INCO ME . THE TOTAL DISALLOWANCE OF INTEREST OF RS. 49 02 661/- WHICH H AS BEEN VOLUNTARILY DISALLOWED BY THE ASSESSEE APPEARS TO BE FAIR AND REASONABLE. THE CIT(A) ON PERUSAL OF BANK STATEMENT OF THE ASSESSEE GAVE CATEGORICAL FINDING THAT THERE IS STRONG DIRECT CO- RELATION BETWEEN LOAN GIVEN AND TAKEN. THE CIT(A) O BSERVED THAT THE AO HAS NOT DOUBTED THE GENUINENESS OF LOAN TAKEN AND LOAN GIVE N. THUS AS PER CIT(A) ADDITION OF RS. 47 22 282/ - IS UNSUSTAINABLE AND U NJUSTIFIED AND DIRECTED THE A.O. TO DELETE THE SAME VIDE ORDERS DATED 18.02.2014. 9. AGGRIEVED BY THE ORDERS OF THE CIT(A) DATED 18.0 2.2014 THE REVENUE IS IN APPEAL BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL. 10. THE LD. D.R. RELIED UPON THE ORDER OF THE A.D. AND CONTENDED THAT THE A.O. HAS RIGHTLY DISALLOWED THE EXPENSES OF RS. 47 22 282/- AS PER THE WELL REASONED ORDER PASSED BY THE A. O. 11. THE LD. COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED THAT THERE ARE TWO SEARCH AND SEIZURE ACTION U/ 132(1) OF THE ACT CONDUCTED IN T HE CASE OF THE ASSESSEE ONE IN THE YEAR 2007 ON 19.07.2007 AND ANOTHER ON 29-3- 20 11. THE LD. COUNSEL SUBMITTED THAT FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2007-08 THE RETURN OF INCOME WAS FILED U/ S 153A OF THE ACT IN RESPECT OF FIRST SEARCH ON 11T H SEPTEMBER 2008 AND THE ASSESSMENT ORDER WAS PASSED U/S 143(3) R.W.S. 153(A ) OF THE ACT ON 31-12-2009. THE LD. COUNSEL SUBMITTED THAT THE ASSESSMENTS HAVE BEEN CONCLUDED IN THE CASE OF THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2007-08 ON 31.12.2009 WHICH IS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF SECOND SEARCH ON 29-03-2011 AND HENCE THE ASSESSMENT FOR T HE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2007-08 ARE CONCLUDED ASSESSMENTS WHICH CANNOT BE DISTURBED ON SAME SET OFFACTS WHILE FRAMING ASSESSMENT U/S 153A R.W.S. 143(3) OF THE AC T IN PURSUANT TO SECOND SEARCH UNLESS THERE IS ANY INCRIMINATING MATERIAL FOUND OR UNEARTHED DURING THE COURSE OF SECOND SEARCH ON 29-03-2011. THE LD. COUNSEL STA TED BEFORE US THAT THERE IS NO INCRIMINATING MATERIAL FOUND OR UNEARTHED DURING TH E COURSE OF SECOND SEARCH CONDUCTED ON 29-3-2011 WITH RESPECT TO THE ISSUE IN DISPUTE I.E. ALLOWABILITY OF CLAIM OF DEDUCTION OF INTEREST PAID ON LOANS BORROW ED AGAINST INTEREST INCOME ON LOAN ADVANCES BY THE ASSESSEE HENCE IN VIEW OF TH E RATIO OF DECISION OF SPECIAL BENCH OF ITAT IN THE CASE OF ALL CARGO GLOBAL LOGIS TICS LTD. V. DCFT [2012J 23 TAXMANN.COM 103 (MUM) [SBJ THIS ADDITION OF RS.47 22 282/- BEING DISALLOWANCE 15 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT OF THE INTEREST CANNOT BE SUSTAINED. THE LD. COUNSE L FURTHER RELIED UPON THE ORDER OF THE CIT(A). 12. WE HAVE CONSIDERED THE RIVAL CONTENTION AND ALS O PERUSED THE MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON RECORD. WE FIND THAT THIS ISSUE OF ALL OWABILITY OF DEDUCTION OF INTEREST PAID ON LOAN BORROWED BY THE ASSESSEE AMOUNTING TO RS.47 22 282/ - AGAINST THE INTEREST INCOME OF RS.99 01 472/- EARNED BY THE ASS ESSEE FROM LOAN ADVANCED HAS ALREADY BEEN EXAMINED AND ACCEPTED BY THE A.O. IN C OURSE OF PROCEEDINGS FOR THE ASSESSMENTS U/ S 153A OF THE ACT PURSUANT TO THE FI RST SEARCH AND SEIZURE OPERATIONS U/S 132(1) OF THE ACT CONDUCTED IN THE Y EAR 2007 ON 19.07.2007 BY THE REVENUE WHEREBY THE INTEREST EXPENDITURE OF RS.47 2 2 282/ - INCURRED ON LOANS BORROWED HAS BEEN ACCEPTED AND ALLOWED AS DEDUCTION FROM THE INTEREST INCOME OF RS.99 01 472/- EARNED ON THE LOANS ADVANCED BY THE ASSESSEE. WE HAVE OBSERVED THAT IT HAS NOT BEEN BROUGHT TO OUR NOTICE BY BOTH THE RIVAL PARTIES THAT ANY INCRIMINATING MATERIAL HAS BEEN FOUND OR UNEARTHED DURING THE SECOND SEARCH U/ S 132(1) OF THE ACT CONDUCTED BY THE REVENUE ON 29-3- 2011 RELATED TO THE CLAIM OF DEDUCTION OF INTEREST EXPENDITURE OF RS.47 22 282 / - ON THE LOANS BORROWED AGAINST THE INTEREST INCOME OF RS.99 01 472/ - EARN ED BY THE ASSESSEE ON THE LOANS ADVANCED. WE HAVE ALSO OBSERVED THAT THE ASSESSMENT S U/ S 153A OF THE ACT PURSUANT TO FIRST SEARCH ON 19.07.2007 HAVE BEEN CO NCLUDED FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2007-08 ON 31.12.2009 WHICH IS PRIOR TO THE DA TE OF SECOND SEARCH CONDUCTED BY REVENUE ON 29-03- 2011 AND HENCE IN OU R CONSIDERED VIEW NO ADDITION CAN BE MADE WITH RESPECT TO THE CLAIM OF D EDUCTION OF INTEREST EXPENDITURE OF RS.47 22 282/- PAYABLE ON LOANS BORR OWED BY THE ASSESSEE AGAINST THE INTEREST INCOME FROM THE LOANS ADVANCED BY THE ASSESSEE COMPANY ON THE SAME SET OF MATERIAL FACTS AS EXISTING WHILE FRAMING ASS ESSMENTS U/ S 153A READ WITH SECTION 143(3) OF THE ACT ON 31.12.2009 IN THE ABS ENCE OF ANY INCRIMINATING MATERIAL FOUND DURING THE COURSE OF SECOND SEARCH O N 29-03-2009. THE DECISION IN THE CASE OF ALL CARGO GLOBAL LOGISTICS LTD. (SUPRA) RELIED UPON BY THE ASSESSEE IS SQUARELY APPLICABLE TO THIS CASE THAT IN CASE OF AS SESSMENTS WHICH DO NOT ABATE PURSUANT TO ISSUE OF NOTICE UNDER SECTION 153A IN ADDITION TO INCOME THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN ASSESSED ASSESSMENT WILL BE MADE ON B ASIS OF INCRIMINATING MATERIAL FOUND IN COURSE OF SEARCH BUT NOT PRODUCED IN COURSE OF ORIGINAL ASSESSMENT AND UNDISCLOSED INCOME OR PROPERTY DISCO VERED IN COURSE OF SEARCH. THE DECISION OF HON'BLE BOMBAY HIGH COURT IN THE CA SE OF CRR V. CONTINENTAL WAREHOUSING CORPORATION (NHAVA SHE VA) LIMITED (201 5) 58 TAXMANN.COM 78 (BOMBAY) IS ALSO SQUARELY APPLICABLE TO THE INSTANT APPEAL WHEREBY HON'BLE BOMBAY HIGH COURT HAS HELD THAT NO ADDITION CAN BE MADE IN RESPECT OF ASSESSMENTS WHICH HAVE BECOME FINAL IF NO INCRIMINA TING MATERIAL IS FOUND DURING SEARCH. THE HON'BLE DELHI HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF CRR V. KABUL CHAWLA (2015) 61 TAXMANN.COM 412(DELHI) HAS TAKEN A SIMILAR VIEW BY HOLDING THAT COMPLETED ASSESSMENTS CAN BE INTERFERED WITH BY ASSESSING OFF ICER WHILE MAKING ASSESSMENT UNDER SECTION 153A OF THE ACT ONLY ON BASIS OF SOME INCRIMINATING MATERIAL UNEARTHED DURING COURSE OF SEARCH WHICH WAS NOT PRO DUCED OR NOT ALREADY DISCLOSED OR MADE KNOWN IN COURSE OF ORIGINAL ASSES SMENT. 16 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT HOWEVER WE ALSO NOTE THAT IN THE CASE OF CRR V. CO NTINENTAL WAREHOUSING CORPORATION (NHAVA SHEVA) LTD. HON'BLE SUPREME COU RT HAS GRANTED SPECIAL LEAVE AND ADMITTED APPEAL OF REVENUE IN SLP NO. (C) NO. 18506 OF2015 DATED OCTOBER 12 2015 AGAINST THE HON'BLE BOMBAY HIGH CO URT RULING THAT NO ADDITION CAN BE MADE IN RESPECT OF ASSESSMENT WHICH HAS BECO ME FINAL IF NO INCRIMINATING MATERIAL IS FOUND DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH. RESPECTFULLY FOLLOWING THE BINDING DECISION OF THE HON'BLE JURISDICTIONAL HIGH COURT I.E. HON'BLE BOMBAY HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF CENTRAL WAREHOUSING CORPORATION (NHAVA SHE VA) LIMITED(SUPRA) AS WELL D ECISION OF HON'BLE DELHI HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF KABUL CHAWLA(SUPRA) AND S PECIAL BENCH DECISIONS IN ALL CARGO GLOBAL LOGISTICS LTD. (SUPRA) WE UPHOLD THE ORDERS OF THE CIT(A) AND DELETE THE ADDITIONS MADE BY THE AO OF RS.47 22 282 / - ON ACCOUNT OF DISALLOWANCE OF THE CLAIM OF THE INTEREST EXPENDITU RE INCURRED BY THE ASSESSEE ON LOANS BORROWED AGAINST THE INTEREST INCOME OF RS. 9 9 01 472/- ON THE SHORT GROUND ITSELF BY HOLDING THAT COMPLETED ASSESSMENTS CAN BE INTERFERED WITH BY THE AO WHILE MAKING ASSESSMENT UNDER SECTION 153A OF TH E ACT ONLY ON BASIS OF SOME INCRIMINATING MATERIAL UNEARTHED DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH WHICH WAS NOT PRODUCED OR NOT ALREADY DISCLOSED OR MADE KNOWN IN COURSE OF ORIGINAL ASSESSMENT AND UNDISCLOSED INCOME OR PROPERTY DISCO VERED IN COURSE OF SEARCH WHILE IN THE INSTANT APPEAL THE AO HAS IN THE ASSES SMENTS FRAMED VIDE ORDERS DATED 31.12.2009 U/S. 153A READ WITH SECTION 143(3) OF THE ACT IN PURSUANCE TO THE FIRST SEARCH ON 19.07.2007 HAS DULY EXAMINED AN D ALLOWED THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE FOR DEDUCTION OF INTEREST OF RS.47 22 282/ - BEING INTEREST PAID ON LOAN BORROWED AGAINST THE INTEREST INCOME EARNED ON LOAN S ADVANCED BY THE ASSESSEE AND NO NEW INCRIMINATING MATERIAL HAS BEEN FOUND OR UNEARTHED DURING THE COURSE OF SECOND SEARCH ON 29-03-2011 . THE RELEVANT EXTRA CT OF THE ASSESSMENT ORDERS U/S 153A OF THE ACT DATED 31.12.2009 IN PURSUANCE O F FIRST SEARCH U/ S 132(1) OF THE ACT ON 19.07.2007 ARE AS UNDER: I HAVE CONSIDERED THE SUBMISSION OF THE ASSESSE AND THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE. THE ASSESSE HAS PAID INTEREST OF RS. 9 0 000/- TO SHRI M J CHOTANI ON A LOAN OF RS. 5 00 000/- @ 18%. THE INTEREST PAID TO SHRI M.J. CHOTANI WAS DISALLOWED FOR THE REASONS DISCUSSED IN EARLIER ASS ESSMENT YEARS. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN THE FACTS OF THE CASE. ACCORDINGLY I NTEREST OF RS. 90 000/- PAID TO SHRI M.J. CHOTANI IS DISALLOWED AND ADDED TO THE TO TAL INCOME. FURTHER THE ASSESSE HAS RECEIVED INTEREST OF RS. 9 9 01 472/- ON THE AVERAGE VALUE OF LOANS GIVEN DURING THE YEAR RS. 8 25 12 267/- AS AGAINST THE ASSESSE HAS PAID INTEREST OF RS. 95 34 933/- (EXCLUDING THE INTEREST OF RS. 90 000/- PAID TO SHRI M.J. CHOTANI AS DISCUSSED ABOVE) ON AVERAGE VALUE OF LOA N RECEIVED DURING THE YEAR OJ RS. 11 43 43 933/ - {EXCLUDING THE LOAN OF RS. 5 00 000/- RECEIVED FROM SHRI M.J. CHOTANI). THE ASSESSEE HAS PAID EXCESS INTERES T RS.38 19 800/- (@ 12% ON THE EXCESS AVERAGE VALUE OF LOANS GIVEN OF RS.3 18 31 666/-). 17 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT KEEPING IN VIEW OF THE FACTS OF THE CASE THE INTER EST OF RS. 38 19 800/- IS DISALLOWED OUT OF INTEREST PAID. THUS AS COULD BE SEEN FROM THE ABOVE THAT THE AO H AS DULY EXAMINED THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE WITH RESPECT TO THE DEDUCTION OF INTER EST EXPENSES ON LOAN BORROWED FROM THE INTEREST INCOME EARNED FROM THE LOANS ADVA NCED AND HAS DISALLOWED RS.38 19 800/- AND RS.90 000 OUT OF THE INTEREST EX PENDITURE CLAIM OF RS. 96 24 943/- . APART FROM THE ABOVE THE ASSESSEE HA S ALSO VOLUNTARILY OFFERED DISALLOWANCE OF INTEREST OF RS.9 92 861/- U/S 14A O F THE ACT. THUS THE ASSESSEE CLAIMED DEDUCTION OF BALANCE AMOUNT OF INTEREST EXP ENDITURE OF RS.47 22 282/- TOWARDS LOAN BORROWED AGAINST INTEREST INCOME OF RS . 99 01 472/ - FROM LOAN ADVANCES WHICH CLAIM WAS DULY EXAMINED AND ALLOWED BY THE AO WHILE FRAMING THE ASSESSMENT ORDERS DATED 31.12.2009 U/ S 153A RE AD WITH SECTION 143(3) OF THE ACT PURSUANT TO FIRST SEARCH ON 19.07.2007 AND NO N EW INCRIMINATING MATERIAL WAS FOUND OR UNEARTHED DURING SEARCH U/ S 132(1) OF THE ACT HAVING BEING BROUGHT ON RECORD BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL AND THE ASSESSMENT FRAME D VIDE ORDERS DATED 31.12.2009 BEING CONCLUDED ASSESSMENT AS FRAMED PRI OR TO DATE OF SECOND SEARCH ON 29/03/2011 WE ARE OF CONSIDERED VIEW THAT THE C ONCLUDED ASSESSMENTS IN THE INSTANT APPEAL CANNOT BE DISTURBED ON THE SAME SET OF MATERIAL FACTS AS PREVAILING WHEN THE ASSESSMENT WAS FRAMED U/ S 153A READ WITH SECTION 143(3) OF THE ACT ON 31.12.2009 IN PURSUANT TO FIRST SEARCH ON 19.07.200 7 AND HENCE WE DISMISS THE APPEAL FILED BY THE REVENUE. WE ORDER ACCORDINGLY. 13. WITH RESPECT TO THE REVENUE'S APPEALS IN ITA NO . 3188/ M/ 20 14 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2008-09 AND ITA NO. 3189/MUM/2014 F OR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2009-10 OUR ABOVE DECISION IN ITA NO 3187/ MUM/ 20 14 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2007-08 SHALL APPLY MUTATIS MUTANDIS TO THE APPEALS FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEARS 2008-09 & 2009-10 ALSO. WE ORDER ACCORDINGLY. 14. IN THE RESULT ALL THE THREE APPEALS FILED BY T HE REVENUE ARE DISMISSED. ' WE HAVE OBSERVED THAT ISSUE IN THIS APPEAL IS IDENT ICAL TO THE ISSUE IN ITA NO'S. 3187-3189/MUM/2014 WHICH WAS ADJUDICATED BY MUMBAI TRIBUNAL VIDE ORDERS DATED 18-01-20116 WHEREBY REVENUE APPEALS WERE DISM ISSED IN THE CASE OF BROTHER OF THE ASSESSEE MR HIMANSHU B. KANAKIA AND RESPECTFULLY FOLLOWING THE DECISION OF THE MUMBAI TRIBUNAL IN AFORE-STATED APP EAL'S WE DISMISS THE APPEAL OF THE REVENUE. WE ORDER ACCORDINGLY 7. THAT THE LEGAL ISSUE INVOLVED IN THE PRESENT CAS E RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE IS IDENTICAL WITH THE LEGAL ISSUE INVOLVED IN THE AFOR E MENTIONED ITA NO. 3192 TO 3196/MUM/2014 THEREFORE WHILE MAINTAINING THE JUDIC IAL CONSISTENCY WHICH IS APPLICABLE MUTATIS MUTANDIS IN THE CASE OF ASSESSEE AND WHILE CONCURRING WITH THE 18 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT DECISION OF THE COORDINATE BENCH IN ITA NO. 3192 TO 3196/MUM/2014 WE ALLOW THIS ADDITIONAL GROUNDS OF APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSE SSEE AND SET ASIDE THE ADDITIONS MADE BY THE AO AND UPHELD BY THE CIT(A). 8. SINCE WE HAVE ALREADY PASSED DETAILED ORDER WHIL E DECIDING ADDITIONAL GROUNDS THEREFORE THE OTHER GROUNDS RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE HAS BECOME INFRUCTOUS. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED. NOW COMING TO THE APPEAL NO.2153/MUM/2015 ITA NO. 2153/MUM/2015 (A.Y. 2008-09): SINCE THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS APPEAL UN DER CONSIDERATION ARE SIMILAR. THEREFORE FOLLOWING OUR OWN DECISION GIVEN IN THE AFORE SAID APPEAL WE ALSO ALLOW THE PRESENT APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE AND SET A SIDE THE ORDER OF CIT(A). 6. IN THE NET RESULT BOTH THE APPEALS FILED BY TH E ASSESSEE ARE ALLOWED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 30 TH SEPTEMBER 2016 SD/- SD/- (R.C. SHARMA) (SANDEEP GOSAIN ) $ / ACCOUNTANT MEMBER &' $ / JUDICIAL MEMBER ( ) MUMBAI; *$ DATED : 30.09.2016 PS. ASHWINI 19 ITA NO. 2151&2153/MUM/2015 SHRI NARPAT MEHTA VS. ACIT / COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO : 1. / THE APPELLANT 2. / THE RESPONDENT 3. + ( ) / THE CIT(A) 4. + / CIT - CONCERNED 5. ./0 ''12 12# ( ) / DR ITAT MUMBAI 6. 045 6 / GUARD FILE / BY ORDER / !'# (DY./ASSTT. REGISTRAR) #$ % ( ) / ITAT MUMBAI