ITO, New Delhi v. Sh. Suresh Chander, Gurgaon

ITA 3612/DEL/2009 | 2002-2003
Pronouncement Date: 20-01-2010 | Result: Dismissed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 361220114 RSA 2009
Assessee PAN ADPPC9314F
Bench Delhi
Appeal Number ITA 3612/DEL/2009
Duration Of Justice 4 month(s) 30 day(s)
Appellant ITO, New Delhi
Respondent Sh. Suresh Chander, Gurgaon
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 20-01-2010
Appeal Filed By Department
Order Result Dismissed
Bench Allotted G
Tribunal Order Date 20-01-2010
Date Of Final Hearing 20-01-2010
Next Hearing Date 20-01-2010
Assessment Year 2002-2003
Appeal Filed On 21-08-2009
Judgment Text
ITA NO. 3612/DEL/09 A.Y. 2002-03 1 IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL DELHI BENCH G NEW DELHI BEFORE SHRI R.P. TOLANI JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI SHAMIM YAHYA ACCOUNTANT MEMBER I.T.A. NO. 3612/DEL/2009 A.Y. 2002-03 INCOME TAX OFFICER WARD-47(1) VS. SHRI SUR ESH CHANDER ROOM NO. 425 MAYUR BHAVAN VILL & PO MAULAHER A NEW DELHI GURGAON HARYANA (PAN: ADPPC9314F) [APPELLANT] (RESPONDENT) APPELLANT BY : SH. RATTAN SINGH YADAV CA RESPONDENT BY : SHRI KISHORE B. SR. DR ORDER PER SHAMIM YAHYA AM THIS APPEAL BY THE REVENUE IS DIRECTED AGAINST T HE ORDER OF THE CIT(A) DATED 15.6.2009 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2002-03. 2. THE ISSUE RAISED PERTAINS TO ALLOWANCE OF EXEMP TION U/S 10(10C) AMOUNTING TO RS. 4 41 261/-. 3. AT THE THRESHOLD BEFORE US LD. COUNSEL OF THE A SSESSEE SUBMITTED THAT THE TAX EFFECT IN THIS CASE IS BELOW RS. 2 LAKHS FIXED BY THE CBDT FOR FILING THE APPEAL BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL VIDE INSTRUCTION NO. 5 DATED 16.7.2007. WHILE CONSIDERING THE EFFECT OF CBDT INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS REGARD ITAT DELHI BENCHES ARE CONSISTENTLY TAKING THE VIEW THAT REVENUE AUTHORITIES MUST GIVE RESPECT TO THE C.B.D. T. CIRCULARS AND SHOULD NOT FILE APPEAL IN SMALL AND PETTY CASES. THE WHOLE IDEA OF THE CIR CULAR IS NOT TO WASTE ENERGY OF THE DEPARTMENT ON SMALL MATTERS AND SAVE IT FOR HIGH-TAX YIELDING CASES. ITA NO. 3612/DEL/09 A.Y. 2002-03 2 4. IN OUR ABOVE VIEW WE FIND SUPPORT FROM THE RECE NT DECISION OF THE HONBLE BOMBAY HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF COMMISSIONER OF IN COME TAX VS. PITHWA ENGG. WORKS [2005] 197 CTR (BOM) 655 : [2005] 276 ITR 519 (BOM) WHEREIN THEIR LORDSHIPS FOLLOWING THEIR ORDER IN THE CASE OF CIT VS. CAMCO COLOUR CO. [2002] 173 CTR (BOM) 255 : [2002] 254 ITR 565 (BOM) HELD THAT INSTRUCTION DT. 27 TH MARCH 2000 REFLECT THE POLICY DECISION TAKEN BY THE BOARD NOT TO RAISE QUESTIONS OF LAW WHE RE THE TAX EFFECT IS LESS THAN THE AMOUNT PRESCRIBED WITH A VIEW TO REDUCE LITIGATIONS BEFORE THE HIGH COURTS AND THE SUPREME COURT. THE SAID CIRCULAR IS BINDING ON THE REVENUE. ONE FAILS TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE REVENUE CAN CONTEND THAT SO FAR AS NEW CASE S ARE CONCERNED THE CIRCULAR ISSUED BY THE BOARD IS BINDING ON THEM AND IN COMPLIANCE W ITH THE SAID INSTRUCTIONS THEY DO NOT FILE REFERENCES IF THE TAX EFFECT IS LESS THAN RS. 2 LAKHS BUT THE SAME APPROACH IS NOT ADOPTED WITH RESPECT TO THE OLD REFERRED CASES EVEN IF THE TAX EFFECT IS LEAS THAN RS. 2 LAKHS. THERE IS NO LOGIC BEHIND THIS APPROACH. BOA RDS CIRCULAR DT. 27 TH MARCH 2000 IS VERY MUCH APPLICABLE EVEN TO THE OLD REFERENCES WHI CH ARE STILL UNDECIDED. THE DEPARTMENT IS NOT JUSTIFIED IN PROCEEDING WITH THE OLD REFERENCES WHEREIN THE TAX IMPACT IS MINIMAL. THUS THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION TO PRO CEED WITH DECADES OLD REFERENCES HAVING NEGLIGIBLE TAX EFFECT. 5. FOR SIMILAR PROPOSITION WE ALSO FIND SUPPORT FR OM THE DECISION OF HIGH COURT OF DELHI IN THE CASE OF COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX VS. PRADEEP KUMAR GUPTA [2007] 207 CTR (DEL) 115 WHEREIN THEIR LORDSHIPS HELD THAT TAX EFFECT BEING LESS THAN RS. 2 LAKH THE APPEAL FILED BY THE REVENUE AGAINST THE CBDT INSTRU CTION WAS NOT MAINTAINABLE. 6. IN THIS VIEW OF THE MATTER AND RESPECTFULLY FOLL OWING THE DECISIONS (SUPRA) IT IS HELD THAT SINCE THE TAX EFFECT INVOLVED IN THE INST ANT APPEAL OF THE REVENUE IS LESS THAN RS. 2 LAC THE SAME IS AGAINST THE INSTRUCTIONS ISS UED BY THE CBDT AND HENCE NOT MAINTAINABLE BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL. ACCORDINGLY THE APPEAL FILED BY THE REVENUE IS LIABLE TO BE DISMISSED ON THIS GROUND ALONE AND THE SAME I S DISMISSED ACCORDINGLY. ITA NO. 3612/DEL/09 A.Y. 2002-03 3 7. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL FILED BY THE REVENUE I S DISMISSED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 20/01/201 0. SD/- SD/- [R.P. TOLANI] [SHAMIM YAHYA] JUDICIAL MEMBER ACCOUNTANT MEMBER DATE 20/01/2010 SRB COPY FORWARDED TO: - 1. APPELLANT 2. RESPONDENT 3. CIT 4. CIT (A) 5. DR ITAT TRUE COPY BY ORDER DEPUTY REGISTRAR ITAT DELHI BENCHES