CHITRA AGARWAL, MUMBAI v. ASST CIT 16(1), MUMBAI

ITA 2186/MUM/2015 | 2006-2007
Pronouncement Date: 01-11-2017 | Result: Dismissed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 218619914 RSA 2015
Assessee PAN AACHG4833R
Bench Mumbai
Appeal Number ITA 2186/MUM/2015
Duration Of Justice 2 year(s) 6 month(s) 18 day(s)
Appellant CHITRA AGARWAL, MUMBAI
Respondent ASST CIT 16(1), MUMBAI
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 01-11-2017
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Tags No record found
Order Result Dismissed
Bench Allotted SMC
Tribunal Order Date 01-11-2017
Assessment Year 2006-2007
Appeal Filed On 13-04-2015
Judgment Text
- IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL SMC BENCH MUMBAI BEFORE SHRI SHAMIM YAHYA ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ./ I.T.A. NO. 2917/MUM/2017 ( / ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2007 - 08 ) SHRI MADAN GUPTA HUF ROOM NO. 2 SHINDE CHAWL M. D. ROAD KANDIVLI (E) MUMBAI - 400 101 / VS. ITO - 33(2)(3) MUMBAI ./ ./ PAN/GIR NO. AACHG 4833 R ( / APPELLANT ) : ( / RESPONDE NT ) / APPELLANT BY : SHRI KIRAN S. MEHTA / RESPONDENT BY : MS. HEMALATHA / DATE OF HEARING : 31.08.2017 / DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 01.11 .2017 / O R D E R PER SHAMIM YAHYA A. M.: THIS APPEAL BY THE ASSESSEE IS DIRECTED AGAINST THE ORDER BY THE COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS) - 45 MUMBAI (CIT(A) FOR SHORT) DATED 20.01.2017 AND PERTAINS TO THE ASSESSMENT YEAR (A.Y.) 2007 - 08. 2. THE GROUNDS OF APPEAL READ AS UNDER: 1) IN THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE AND IN LAW THE LEARNED CIT (A) ERRED IN NOT HOLDING THAT THE REASSESSMENT MADE U/S 147/148 WAS BAD IN LAW AND WAS OTHERWISE TIME BARRED. 2 ITA NO. 2917/MUM/2017 (A.Y. 2007 - 08) SHRI MADAN GUPTA HUF VS. ITO 2) IT IS ALSO SUBMITTED THAT THE LEARNED CIT(A) ERRED IN NOT HOLDING TH AT REASSESSMENT MADE WITHOUT DEALING WITH THE OBJECTIONS RAISED BY THE APPELLANT ON MERITS WOULD RENDER THE IMPUGNED REASSESSMENT BAD IN LAW. 3) IN THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE AND IN LAW THE LEARNED CIT (A) ERRED IN CONFIRMING THE ADDITIONS O F RS. 1 53 448/ - MADE U/S 68. IT IS SUBMITTED THAT THE APPELLANT HAD DISCHARGED THE ONUS PLACE ON IT U/S 68 AND HENCE NO ADDITION WAS JUSTIFIED U/S 68. 4) WITHOUT PREJUDI CE TO THE ABOVE GROU ND IT IS RESPECTFULLY SUBMITT ED THAT THE LEARNED AO ERRED IN NO T HOLDING THAT THE L ONG TERM CAPITAL GAI NS EMBEDDED IN THE AFORESAID SAL E PROCEEDS RECEIVED FROM ALLIANCE INTERMEDIARIES AND N ETWORK PVT. LTD. WER E (A) EXEMPT U/S 10 AND IN ANY EVENT (B) COULD BE TAXED O NLY AS LONG TERM CAPITAL GAINS. 5) IT IS RESPECTFUL LY SUBMITTED THAT THE LEARNED AO GRAVELY ERRED IN MAKING THE IMPUGNED ADDITION WITHOUT GIVING ANY OPPORTUNITY TO THE APPELLANT TO CROSS EXAMINE MR. MUKESH CHOKSEY ON WHOSE STATEMENT THE IMPUGNED ADDITION IS BASED. IT IS SUBMITTED THAT DENIAL OF THIS OPPORT UNITY TO CROSS EXAMINE IS A CLEAR CASE OF DENIAL OF JUSTICE AND IS BEYOND ALL THE TENATS OF NATURAL JUSTICE AND FAIR PLAY AND THIS DENIAL WOULD BY ITSELF VITIATE THE IMPUGNED ASSESSMENT. 6) THE LEARNED AO ERRED IN LEVYING INTEREST. U/S 234A/B/C. IT IS RE SPECTFULLY SUBMITTED THAT NO SUCH INTEREST CAN BE LEVIED IN A REASSESSMENT MADE U/S 147/148 AND IN ANY EVENT THE INTEREST LEVIED IS GROSSLY EXCESSIVE. 3. THE APPEAL IN THIS CASE BELONGS TO REOPENING OF THE CASE BASED UPON FRAUDULENT ACCOMMODATION ENTRY PR OVIDED BY SHRI MUKESH CHOKSI AND HIS ASSOCIATES . THE REOPENING IN THIS CASE WAS AFFIRMED BY THE LD. CIT(A). THE FACTS RELATING TO REOPENING ARE AS UNDER: THE FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE AO REOPENED THE ASSESSMENT AFTER RECEIVING SPECIFIC INFORMATION FRO M THE DGIT(INVESTIGATION) THAT THE SEARCH & SEIZURE ACTION CARRIED OUT IN THE CASE OF M/S MAHASAGAR SECURITIES LTD.. DURING THE COURSE OF SEARCH MR.MUKESH CHOKSI PROPRIETOR ADMITTED THAT ALL THE TRANSACTIONS CARRIED OUT BY HIS VARIOUS COMPANIES WERE BOG US AND HE HAD PROVIDED BOGUS SPECULATION PROFIT/LOSS SHORT TERM CAPITAL GAIN/LOSS SHARE 3 ITA NO. 2917/MUM/2017 (A.Y. 2007 - 08) SHRI MADAN GUPTA HUF VS. ITO APPLICATION MONEY COMMODITIES PROFIT/LOSS FROM M/S ALLIANCE INTERMEDIATERIES & NETWORK PVT. LTD. ONE OF THE GROUP CONCERNS OF M/S MAHASAGAR SECURITIES PVT. LTD.. ON THE BASIS OF THIS INFORMATION ASSESSMENT RECORDS OF THE ASSESSEE WERE VERIFIED AND IT WAS NOTICED THAT THE ASSESSEE IS ONE OF THE BENEFICIARIES OF SUCH BOGUS PURCHASES. THEREAFTER THE CASE WAS REOPENED BY THE AO AFTER RECORDING THE REASONS FOR REOPENING U/S 147 AND ISSUANCE OF NOTICE U/S 148 AND ON THE REQUEST OF THE ASSESSE THE SAME WERE COMMUNICATED TO THE ASSESSEE. THE RE - ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS WERE COMPLETED BY THE AO AFTER AFFORDING SUFFICIENT OPPORTUNITIES TO THE ASSESSEE. HENCE THE AO WAS OF TH E VIEW THAT THE RE - ASSESSMENT PROCEEDING WAS VALID AND NOT BAD IN LAW AS CLAIMED BY THE ASSESSEE. 4. THE LD. CIT(A) HAS CONFIRMED THE REOPENING BY HOLDING AS UNDER: 5.2 I HAVE CONSIDERED THE STAND OF THE AO AND THE SUBMISSIONS MADE BY THE APPELLANT IN TH IS REGARD. IT IS CONTENDED THAT THE ORDER OF THE LEARNED ASSESSING OFFICER HAD RE - OPENED U/SJ.48 ON THE MERE INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM DGIT WITH A DIRECTION GIVEN BY ADDL.CIT TO INITIATE PROCEEDINGS U/S 148. THESE COULD NOT BE THE REASONS FOR PROCEEDINGS U /S 147/148. IT IS SEEN THAT THE AO HAS FOLLOWED THE DUE PROCEDURE OF LAW TO REOPEN THE ASSESSMENT AND VALID NOTICES WERE ISSUED AND SERVED ON THE ASSESSEE AND THE REASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS WERE CONDUCTED. IN VIEW OF THIS AND HAVING REGARD TO THE FACTS OF TH E CASE IT IS SEEN THAT THERE IS NOT MUCH MERIT IN THE CONTENTION OF THE ASSESSEE AND THE REOPENING OF THE CASE IS HELD TO BE VALID. ACCORDINGLY THIS GROUND OF APPEAL IS DISMISSED. 5. AS REGARDS THE MERITS OF THE CASE THE LD. CIT(A) HAS CONFIRMED THE ADD ITION BY HOLDING AS UNDER: 6.2 I HAVE GONE THROUGH THE ASSESSMENT ORDER AND SUBMISSIONS MADE IN THIS REGARD. THE ENTIRE ISSUE OF ADDITION MADE BY THE AO IS ARISING OUT OF TREATMENT AS BOGUS THE CLAIM OF SHORT TERM CAPITAL GAIN OF RS.1 53 448/ - ARISING OU T OF PURCHASE AND SALE OF SHARES OF IND. BANK MER. AND M/S PARAMOUNT COMMUNICATIONS. THE AO TREATED THE SAID TRANSACTION A MERE ACCOMMODATION ENTRY AND ADDED AMOUNT OF RS.1 53 448/ - AS UNEXPLAINED CASH CREDIT. IT IS NOTED THE CASE IS SIMILAR TO MANY OTHER CASES WHICH ORIGINATED AS A RESULT OF THE SEARCH AND SEIZURE ACTION IN THE CASE OF MUKESH CHOKSI GROUP. IN THE INSTANT CASE THE ASSESSEE HAD CLAIMED TO HAVE MADE INVESTMENT IN SHARES WHICH WERE PURCHASED AND HELD BY THE BROKER AND NOT BY THE ASSESSEE PRIOR TO ITS SALE. THE SHARES WERE NEVER TRANSFERRED TO THE DMAT ACCOUNT OF THE ASSESSEE AFTER THE ALLEGED PURCHASE. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE AS REGARDS THE PAYMENT MADE BY THE ASSESSEE FOR PURCHASE OF THE SHARES ON WHICH LONG TERM CAPITAL GAINS WAS SHOWN. THIS RAI SES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VERACITY OF THE CLAIM OF PURCHASE OF SHARES MADE BY THE 4 ITA NO. 2917/MUM/2017 (A.Y. 2007 - 08) SHRI MADAN GUPTA HUF VS. ITO ASSESSEE MORE THAN ONE YEAR IN ADVANCE FROM THE DATE OF SALE OF SHARES. THE TRANSACTION OF PURCHASE OF SHARES IN THE NAME OF ASSESSEE IS NOT ESTABLISHED. 6.3 IT IS SEEN THAT TH E AO HAS RIGHTLY CONCLUDED THAT .THE TRANSACTION STATED TO BE ENTERED BY THE ASSESSEE WITH M/S ALLIANCE INTERMEDIATERIES & NETWORK PVT. LTD. WAS SHAM BY MEANS OF OBTAINING BOGUS SHARE PURCHASE/SALE BILL. IT IS SEEN THAT THE AO HAS RIGHTLY APPRECIATED THAT TRANSACTIONS WERE NOT GENUINE AND TREATED THE AMOUNT AS UNDISCLOSED INVESTMENT SINCE THERE IS NO RECORD FOR PURCHASE AND SALE OF THE SHARES ON THE NAME OF THE ASSESSEE FROM A RECOGNISED STOCK EXCHANGE. HAVING REGARDS TO THE FACTS OF THE CASE THE ADDITION O F RS.1 53 448/ - AS UNEXPLAINED CASH CREDIT MADE BY THE AO IS FOUND TO BE IN OR DER AND IS SUSTAINED IN APPEAL. 7. AGAINST THIS ORDER THE ASSESSEE IS IN APPEAL BEFORE US. 8. BEFORE THE ITAT THE LD. COUNSEL OF THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED THAT ON IDENTICAL ADD ITION IN THE CASE OF INDIVIDUAL SHRI MADAN GUPTA THIS TRIBUNAL HAS SET ASIDE THE MATTER TO THE FILE OF THE ASSESSING OFFICER IN ITA NO.2244/MUM/2014 FOR ASSESSMENT YEAR 2005 - 06 VIDE ORDER DATED 28.09.2016 AS REGARDS TO THE MERITS OF THE ADDITION. 9. PE R CONTRA THE LD. DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVE SUBMITTED THAT THIS ITAT IN ITA NO. 6398/MUM/2012 FOR ASSESSMENT YEAR 2003 - 04 IN THE CASE OF DISHA N. LALWANI VS. ITO VIDE ORDER DATED 22.03.2017 HAS CONFIRMED THE REOPENING AS WELL AS THE ADDITION ON IDENTICAL FACTS IN CASES WHERE SIMILAR ACCOMMODATION ENTRIES WERE OBTAINED FROM SHRI MUKESH CHOKSI. HE FURTHER SUBMITTED THAT THIS IS A CLEAR CASE OF MONEY LAUNDERING AND THE ASSESSEE SHOULD BE HELD ACC OUNTABLE PROPERLY FOR THE MONEY LAUNDERING ACTIVITY I T HAS ENGA GED INTO. 10. I HAVE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED THE SUBMISSIONS AND PERUSED THE RECORDS. I FIND THAT THE REOPENING IN THIS CASE HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY THE LD. CIT(A) BY A WELL REASONED 5 ITA NO. 2917/MUM/2017 (A.Y. 2007 - 08) SHRI MADAN GUPTA HUF VS. ITO ORDER. THE LD. COUNSEL OF THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT GIVEN ANY COGENT REASONING A S TO WHY THE REOPENING IS NOT VALID. I ALSO NOTE THAT IN THE INDIVIDUALS CASE REFERRED BY THE LD. LD. COUNSEL THE ITAT HAD NOTED THAT THE ISSUE OF REOPENING HAD NOT BEEN PRESSED. ACCORDINGLY I FIND THAT THE REOPENING IN THIS CASE IS JUSTIFIED AND I AFFI RM THE ORDER OF LD. CIT(A). HOWEVER AS REGARDS THE MERITS SINCE THE ITAT IN THE CASE OF S A ME INDIVIDUAL TO WHICH THIS HUF BELONGS HAS REMITTED THE IDENTICAL MATTER ON MERITS TO THE FILE OF THE ASSESSING OFFICER I DEEM IT APPROPRIATE TO REMIT THE ISSUE O N MERITS TO THE FILE OF THE ASSESSING OFFICER FOLLOWING THE PRECEDENCE . THE TRIBUNAL BY REMITTING THE MATTER HAD NOTED THAT VARIOUS DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCES WERE FURNISHED WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN DISCUSSED BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER AND LD. CIT(A) IN THEIR ORDERS. ACCORDINGLY ON THE SAME REASONING I REMIT THE ISSUE ON MERITS OF THE ADDITION IN THIS CASE TO THE FILE OF THE ASSESSING OFFICER. THE ASSESSING OFFICER SHALL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE VARIOUS DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED BY THE ASSESSEE AND ALL THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTA NCES OF THE CASE AND THEREAFTER PASS THE SP EAKING ORDER AS PER LAW DENOVO. 11. IN THE RESULT THIS APPEAL BY THE ASSESSEE IS PARTLY ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 01.11.2017 SD/ - (S HAMIM YAHYA ) / A CCOUNTANT MEMBER MUMBAI ; DATED : 01.11.2017 6 ITA NO. 2917/MUM/2017 (A.Y. 2007 - 08) SHRI MADAN GUPTA HUF VS. ITO . . ./ ROSHANI SR. PS / COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO : 1. / THE APPELLANT 2. / THE RESPONDENT 3. ( ) / THE CIT(A) 4. / CIT - CONCERNED 5. / DR I TAT MUMBAI 6. / GUARD F ILE / BY ORDER / (DY./ASSTT. REGISTRAR) / ITAT MUMBAI