ITO, Ward - 4(4), Kolkata, Kolkata v. M/s. Kherapati Vanijya Ltd., Kolkata

ITA 2252/KOL/2010 | 2004-2005
Pronouncement Date: 30-09-2011 | Result: Dismissed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 225223514 RSA 2010
Assessee PAN AABCK3255D
Bench Kolkata
Appeal Number ITA 2252/KOL/2010
Duration Of Justice 9 month(s) 7 day(s)
Appellant ITO, Ward - 4(4), Kolkata, Kolkata
Respondent M/s. Kherapati Vanijya Ltd., Kolkata
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 30-09-2011
Appeal Filed By Department
Order Result Dismissed
Bench Allotted C
Tribunal Order Date 30-09-2011
Date Of Final Hearing 05-07-2011
Next Hearing Date 05-07-2011
Assessment Year 2004-2005
Appeal Filed On 23-12-2010
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL C BENCH : KOLKATA ( ) . . ) [BEFORE HONBLE SRI S.V. MEHROTRA A.M. & HONBLE SRI MAHAVIR SINGH J.M.] ! ! ! ! / I.T.A NO. 2252/KOL/2010 '# $% / ASSESSMENT YEAR : 2004-2005 INCOME TAX OFFICER WARD-4(4) KOLKATA -VS.- M/S. KHERAPATI VANIJYA LTD. KOLKATA (PAN : AABCK 3255 D) ( &' /APPELLANT ) ( ()&' / RESPONDENT ) FOR THE APPELLANT : SHRI A.S. MONDAL D.R . FOR THE RESPONDENT : SHRI S.L. KOCHAR A.R . *' + - *' + - *' + - *' + - /DATE OF HEARING : 30.09.2011 .$ - .$ - .$ - .$ - /DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 30.09.2011 / / ORDER PER SHRI S.V. MEHROTRA ACCOUNTANT MEMBER/ . . :- THE DEPARTMENT HAS FILED THIS APPEAL FOR ASSESSMEN T YEAR 2004-05 AGAINST ORDER OF LD. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS)-XIX KOLKATA D ATED 10.09.2010. 2. AT THE OUTSET IT WAS INFORMED BY LD. COUNSEL FO R THE ASSESSEE THAT TAX EFFECT IN THIS APPEAL IS RS.2 84 812/- WHICH IS BELOW THE PRESCRIB ED MONETARY LIMITS FOR FILING OF APPEALS BEFORE ITAT AND OTHER SUPERIOR COURTS AS PER INSTRU CTION NO. 3/2011 ISSUED ON 09.02.2011. THE ISSUE NOW REMAINS BEFORE US IS WHETHER APPEAL FILED ON 23.12.2010 WOULD BE COVERED OR NOT BY INSTRUCTION NO. 3/2011 ISSUED ON 09.02.2011 I.E. TH E REVISED MONETARY LIMIT FOR FILING OF APPEAL BEFORE ITAT WHEREBY THE CBDT HAS FIXED THE LIMIT O F RS. 3 LACS. WE FIND THAT HONBLE DELHI HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF CIT VS DELHI RACE CLUB IN ITA NO.128/2008 DATED 03.03.2011 HAS HELD AS UNDER: THE TAX EFFECT INVOLVED IN THE PRESENT APPEAL IS R S.4 65 860/-. AS PER THE RECENT GUIDELINES OF THE CBDT APPEAL IN THOSE CASES WHERE THE TAX EFFECT IS LESS THAN 10 LACS ARE NOT TO BE ENTERTAINED. THIS COURT IN THE CASE OF COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TA X-III V. M/S. P. S. JAIN AND CO. BEING ITA NO. 179/1991 DECIDED ON 2 ND AUGUST 2010 HAS TAKEN A VIEW THAT SUCH CIRCULAR WOULD ALSO APPLY TO PENDING CASES. ITA NO. 2252/KOL./2010 2 IN VIEW OF THE DECISION OF HONBLE DELHI HIGH COURT THE REVISED MONETARY LIMIT OF RS. 3 LACS AS PER INSTRUCTION NO.3/2011 WILL APPLY TO PENDING APP EALS. THE RELEVANT CIRCULAR ISSUED BY CBDT READS AS UNDER : INSTRUCTION NO. 3/2011 [F. NO. 279/MISC. 142/2007- ITJ] DATED 9-2-2011 REFERENCE IS INVITED TO BOARD'S INSTRUCTION NO. 5/2 008 DATED 15-5-2008 WHEREIN MONETARY LIMITS AND OTHER CONDITIONS FOR FILING DEPARTMENTAL APPEALS (IN INCOME-TAX MATTERS) BEFORE APPELLATE TRIBUNAL HIGH COURTS AND SUPREME COURT W ERE SPECIFIED. 2. IN SUPERSESSION OF THE ABOVE INSTRUCTION IT HAS BE EN DECIDED BY THE BOARD THAT DEPARTMENTAL APPEALS MAY BE FILED ON MERITS BEFORE APPELLATE TRIBUNAL HIGH COURTS AND SUPREME COURT KEEPING IN VIEW THE MONETARY LIMITS A ND CONDITIONS SPECIFIED BELOW. 3. HENCEFORTH APPEALS SHALL NOT BE FILED IN CASES WHER E THE TAX EFFECT DOES NOT EXCEED THE MONETARY LIMITS GIVEN HEREUNDER: S. NO. APPEALS IN INCOME-TAX MATTERS MONETARY LIMIT (IN RS.) 1. APPEAL BEFORE APPELLATE TRIBUNAL 3 00 000 2. APPEAL U/S. 260A BEFORE HIGH COURT 10 00 0 00 3. APPEAL BEFORE SUPREME COURT 25 00 000 IT IS CLARIFIED THAT AN APPEAL SHOULD NOT BE FILED MERELY BECAUSE THE TAX EFFECT IN A CASE EXCEEDS THE MONETARY LIMITS PRESCRIBED ABOVE. FILIN G OF APPEAL IN SUCH CASES IS TO BE DECIDED ON MERITS OF THE CASE. 4. FOR THIS PURPOSE TAX EFFECT MEANS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TAX ON THE TOTAL INCOME ASSESSED AND THE TAX THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGEABL E HAD SUCH TOTAL INCOME BEEN REDUCED BY THE AMOUNT OF INCOME IN RESPECT OF THE ISSUES AG AINST WHICH APPEAL IS INTENDED TO BE FILED (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS 'DISPUTED ISSUES' ). HOWEVER THE TAX WILL NOT INCLUDE ANY INTEREST THEREON EXCEPT WHERE CHARGEABILITY OF INT EREST ITSELF IS IN DISPUTE. IN CASE THE CHARGEABILITY OF INTEREST IS THE ISSUE UNDER DISPUT E THE AMOUNT OF INTEREST SHALL BE THE TAX EFFECT. IN CASES WHERE RETURNED LOSS IS REDUCED OR ASSESSED AS INCOME THE TAX EFFECT WOULD INCLUDE NOTIONAL TAX ON DISPUTED ADDITIONS. IN CASE OF PENALTY ORDERS THE TAX EFFECT WILL MEAN QUANTUM OF PENALTY DELETED OR REDUCED IN THE O RDER TO BE APPEALED AGAINST. 5. THE ASSESSING OFFICER SHALL CALCULATE THE TAX EFFEC T SEPARATELY FOR EVERY ASSESSMENT YEAR IN RESPECT OF THE DISPUTED ISSUES IN THE CASE OF EV ERY ASSESSEE. IF IN THE CASE OF AN ASSESSEE THE DISPUTED ISSUES ARISE IN MORE THAN ONE ASSESSME NT YEAR APPEAL CAN BE FILED IN RESPECT OF SUCH ASSESSMENT YEAR OR YEARS IN WHICH THE TAX E FFECT IN RESPECT OF THE DISPUTED ISSUES EXCEEDS THE MONETARY LIMIT SPECIFIED IN PARA 3. NO APPEAL SHALL BE FILED IN RESPECT OF AN ASSESSMENT YEAR OR YEARS IN WHICH THE TAX EFFECT IS LESS THAN THE MONETARY LIMIT SPECIFIED IN PARA 3. IN OTHER WORDS HENCEFORTH APPEALS CAN BE FILED ONLY WITH REFERENCE TO THE TAX EFFECT IN THE RELEVANT ASSESSMENT YEAR. HOWEVER IN CASE OF A COMPOSITE ORDER OF ANY HIGH COURT OR APPELLATE AUTHORITY WHICH INVOLVES MORE T HAN ONE ASSESSMENT YEAR AND COMMON ISSUES IN MORE THAN ONE ASSESSMENT YEAR APPEAL SHA LL BE FILED IN RESPECT OF ALL SUCH ASSESSMENT YEARS EVEN IF THE 'TAX EFFECT' IS LESS T HAN THE PRESCRIBED MONETARY LIMITS IN ANY OF THE YEAR(S) IF IT IS DECIDED TO FILE APPEAL IN RES PECT OF THE YEAR(S) IN WHICH 'TAX EFFECT' EXCEEDS THE MONETARY LIMIT PRESCRIBED. IN CASE WHER E A COMPOSITE ORDER/JUDGMENT INVOLVES MORE THAN ONE ASSESSEE EACH ASSESSEE SHALL BE DEAL T WITH SEPARATELY. ITA NO. 2252/KOL./2010 3 6. IN A CASE WHERE APPEAL BEFORE A TRIBUNAL OR A COURT IS NOT FILED ONLY ON ACCOUNT OF THE TAX EFFECT BEING LESS THAN THE MONETARY LIMIT SPECI FIED ABOVE THE COMMISSIONER OF INCOME- TAX SHALL SPECIFICALLY RECORD THAT 'EVEN THOUGH THE DECISION IS NOT ACCEPTABLE APPEAL IS NOT BEING FILED ONLY ON THE CONSIDERATION THAT THE TAX EFFECT IS LESS THAN THE MONETARY LIMIT SPECIFIED IN THIS INSTRUCTION'. FURTHER IN SUCH CA SES THERE WILL BE NO PRESUMPTION THAT THE INCOME-TAX DEPARTMENT HAS ACQUIESCED IN THE DECISIO N ON THE DISPUTED ISSUES. THE INCOME- TAX DEPARTMENT SHALL NOT BE PRECLUDED FROM FILING A N APPEAL AGAINST THE DISPUTED ISSUES IN THE CASE OF THE SAME ASSESSEE FOR ANY OTHER ASSESSM ENT YEAR OR IN THE CASE OF ANY OTHER ASSESSEE FOR THE SAME OR ANY OTHER ASSESSMENT YEAR IF THE TAX EFFECT EXCEEDS THE SPECIFIED MONETARY LIMITS. 7. IN THE PAST A NUMBER OF INSTANCES HAVE COME TO THE NOTICE OF THE BOARD WHEREBY AN ASSESSEE HAS CLAIMED RELIEF FROM THE TRIBUNAL OR TH E COURT ONLY ON THE GROUND THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS IMPLICITLY ACCEPTED THE DECISION OF THE TRIBUNAL OR COURT IN THE CASE OF THE ASSESSEE FOR ANY OTHER ASSESSMENT YEAR OR IN THE CA SE OF ANY OTHER ASSESSEE FOR THE SAME OR ANY OTHER ASSESSMENT YEAR BY NOT FILING AN APPEAL ON THE SAME DISPUTED ISSUES. THE DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVES/COUNSELS MUST MAKE EVE RY EFFORT TO BRING TO THE NOTICE OF THE TRIBUNAL OR THE COURT THAT THE APPEAL IN SUCH CASES WAS NOT FILED OR NOT ADMITTED ONLY FOR THE REASON OF THE TAX EFFECT BEING LESS THAN THE SP ECIFIED MONETARY LIMIT AND THEREFORE NO INFERENCE SHOULD BE DRAWN THAT THE DECISIONS RENDER ED THEREIN WERE ACCEPTABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT. ACCORDINGLY THEY SHOULD IMPRESS UPON T HE TRIBUNAL OR THE COURT THAT SUCH CASES DO NOT HAVE ANY PRECEDENT VALUE. AS THE EVIDE NCE OF NOT FILING APPEAL DUE TO THIS INSTRUCTION MAY HAVE TO BE PRODUCED IN COURTS THE JUDICIAL FOLDERS IN THE OFFICE OF CSIT MUST BE MAINTAINED IN A SYSTEMIC MANNER FOR EASY RE TRIEVAL. 8. ADVERSE JUDGMENTS RELATING TO THE FOLLOWING ISSUES SHOULD BE CONTESTED ON MERITS NOTWITHSTANDING THAT THE TAX EFFECT ENTAILED IS LES S THAN THE MONETARY LIMITS SPECIFIED IN PARA 3 ABOVE OR THERE IS NO TAX EFFECT. A. WHERE THE CONSTITUTIONAL VALIDITY OF THE PROVISIONS OF AN ACT OR RULE ARE UNDER CHALLENGE OR B. WHERE BOARD'S ORDER NOTIFICATION INSTRUCTION OR C IRCULAR HAS BEEN HELD TO BE ILLEGAL OR ULTRA VIRES OR C. WHERE REVENUE AUDIT OBJECTION IN THE CASE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT. 9. THE PROPOSAL FOR FILING SPECIAL LEAVE PETITION UNDE R ARTICLE 136 OF THE CONSTITUTION BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD IN ALL CASES BE S ENT TO THE DIRECTORATE OF INCOME-TAX (LEGAL & RESEARCH) NEW DELHI AND THE DECISION TO F ILE SPECIAL LEAVE PETITION SHALL BE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE MINISTRY OF LAW AND JUSTIC E. 10. THE MONETARY LIMITS SPECIFIED IN PARA 3 ABOVE SHALL NOT APPLY TO WRIT MATTERS AND DIRECT TAX MATTERS OTHER THAN INCOME-TAX FILING OF APPEAL S IN OTHER DIRECT TAX MATTERS SHALL CONTINUE TO BE GOVERNED BY RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF S TATUTE AND RULES. FURTHER FILING OF APPEAL IN CASES OF INCOME-TAX WHERE THE TAX EFFECT IS NOT QUANTIFIABLE OR NOT INVOLVED SUCH AS THE CASE OF REGISTRATION OF TRUSTS OR INSTITUTIO NS UNDER SECTION 12A OF THE IT ACT 1961 ITA NO. 2252/KOL./2010 4 SHALL NOT BE GOVERNED BY THE LIMITS SPECIFIED IN PA RA 3 ABOVE AND DECISION TO FILE APPEAL IN SUCH CASES MAY BE TAKEN ON MERITS OF A PARTICULAR C ASE. 11. THIS INSTRUCTION WILL APPLY TO APPEALS FILED ON OR AFTER 09.02.2011. HOWEVER THE CASES WHERE APPEALS HAVE BEEN FILED BEFORE 09.02.2011 WIL L BE GOVERNED BY THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THIS SUBJECT OPERATIVE AT THE TIME WHEN SUCH APPEA L WAS FILED. 12. THIS ISSUES UNDER SECTION 268(1) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961. 3. RESPECTFULLY FOLLOWING THE DECISION OF HONBLE D ELHI HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF DELHI RACE CLUB (SUPRA) THE REVENUES APPEAL IS DISMISSE D. 4. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL FILED BY THE REVENUE I S DISMISSED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 30/ 09/2011. SD/- SD/- [ MAHAVIR SINGH / ] [S.V. MEHROTRA/ ( . . )] JUDICIAL MEMBER/ ACCOUNTANT MEMBER/ DATED : 30/ 09/ 2011 COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO: 1. M/S. KHERAPATI VANIJYA LTD. 21 STRAND ROAD KOLKA TA-1. 2 ITO WARD-4(4) KOLKATA P-7 CHOWRINGHEE SQUARE K OLKATA-69 3. CIT(APPEALS)- KOLKATA 4. CIT- KOLKATA 5 . DR KOLKATA BENCHES KOLKATA (TRUE COPY) BY ORDER ASSISTANT REGISTRAR I.T.A.T. KOLKATA LAHA SR. P.S.