Smt. Hema Krishnamurthy, v. ITO,

ITA 511/BANG/2013 | 2005-2006
Pronouncement Date: 31-07-2015 | Result: Dismissed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 51121114 RSA 2013
Assessee PAN AFJPP6996A
Bench Bangalore
Appeal Number ITA 511/BANG/2013
Duration Of Justice 2 year(s) 3 month(s) 15 day(s)
Appellant Smt. Hema Krishnamurthy,
Respondent ITO,
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 31-07-2015
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Dismissed
Bench Allotted C
Tribunal Order Date 31-07-2015
Date Of Final Hearing 23-07-2015
Next Hearing Date 23-07-2015
Assessment Year 2005-2006
Appeal Filed On 15-04-2013
Judgment Text
ITA.511/BANG/2013 PAGE - 1 IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL BANGALORE BENCH 'C' BANGALORE BEFORE SHRI. ABRAHAM P. GEORGE ACCOUNTANT MEMBER AND SHRI. VIJAYPAL RAO JUDICIAL MEMBER I.T.A NO.511/BANG/2013 (ASSESSMENT YEAR : 2005-06) SMT. HEMA KRISHNAMURTHY 19 ORCHARD VIEW APARTMENTS BELLARY MAIN ROAD SADASHIVANAGAR BANGALORE 560 080 .. APPELLANT PAN : AFJPP6996A V. INCOME-TAX OFFICER WARD -15(3) BANGALORE .. RESPONDENT ASSESSEE BY : SHRI. D. DEVARAJ CA REVENUE BY : SHRI. SUNIL KUMAR AGARWAL JCIT HEARD ON : 23.07.2015 PRONOUNCED ON : 31.07.2015 O R D E R PER ABRAHAM P. GEORGE ACCOUNTANT MEMBER : IN THIS APPEAL FILED BY ASSESSEE IT ASSAILS AN OR DER DT.21.02.2013 PASSED BY THE CIT AX BANGALORE-V U/S.263 OF THE INCOME- TAX ACT 1961 (THE ACT IN SHORT). 02. FACTS APROPOS ARE THAT ASSESSEE HAD FILED A RET URN OF INCOME ON 20.07.2005 DECLARING INCOME OF RS.2 20 829/-. THER EAFTER ON ITA.511/BANG/2013 PAGE - 2 14.08.2007 NOTICE U/S.142(1) OF THE ACT WAS ISSUE D TO THE ASSESSEE REQUIRING THE ASSESSEE TO FILE A RETURN WHICH NOTI CE WAS ISSUED BASED ON ANNUAL INFORMATION RETURN INFORMATION. IN RESPONSE TO SUCH NOTICE FILED A REPLY STATING THAT THE RETURN FILED ON 20.07.2005 SHOULD BE DEEMED AS THE RETURN FILED IN RESPONSE TO SUCH NOTICE. THERE AFTER ON 24.06.2009 A NOTICE U/S.148 WAS ISSUED TO THE ASSESSEE. SAID NO TICE WAS ISSUED FOR VERIFYING THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE FOR EXEMPTION U /S.54F OF THE ACT ON LONG-TERM CAPITAL GAINS ARISING TO THE ASSESSEE FRO M SALE OF AN IMMOVABLE PROPERTY SITUATED AT 571 HSR LAYOUT BANGALORE AND ANOTHER PROPERTY AT 883 VIJAYA BANK COLONY BANGALORE. FOR THIS NOTIC E ALSO ASSESSEE GAVE A REPLY REQUESTING THE AO TO TREAT THE RETURN FILED BY HER ON 20.07.2005 AS ONE FILED IN PURSUANCE TO NOTICE U/S. 148 OF THE ACT. THEREAFTER NUMBER OF HEARINGS WERE HELD BY THE AO AND AS PER T HE AO ASSESSEE HAD FURNISHED ALL RELEVANT PARTICULARS CALLED FOR SUCH AS SALE DEEDS BANK STATEMENTS AND PROOF FOR REINVESTMENT IN CAPITAL GA INS ACCOUNT IN SUPPORT OF HER CLAIM U/S.54F OF THE ACT. ASSESSMENT WAS CO MPLETED ON 15.12.2010 U/S.143(3) R.W.S.147 ACCEPTING THE INCO ME RETURNED BY THE ASSESSEE. 03. ON 01.11.2012 CIT-AV BANGALORE-V ISSUED NOTIC E U/S.263 OF THE ACT WHICH INTER ALIA MENTIONED AS UNDER : IT IS SEEN FROM RECORDS THAT ON THE DATES OF THE T RANSFER OF THE PROPERTIES I.E. ON 1.7.2004 AND 8.9.2004 AS YOU WE RE OWNING MORE THAN ONE RESIDENTIAL HOUSE PROPERTY YOU ARE NOT ENT ITLED FOR CLAIMING EXEMPTION U/S.54F. YOU HAD ALSO PURCHASED ANOTHER PROPERTY (FLAT) ITA.511/BANG/2013 PAGE - 3 JOINTLY WITH YOUR SON AT SADASHIVANAGAR IN ADDITION TO THE ALLEGED ACQUISITION OF NEW ASSET. HENCE I AM OF THE OPINI ON THAT THE ASSESSMENT ORDER PASSED BY THE ITO WARD -15(3) BE NGALURU U/S.143(3) R.W.SEC.147 DATED 15.12.2010 HAS RESULTE D IN SHORT ASSESSMENT FOR THE AY 2005-06 WHICH IS PREJUDICIAL TO THE INTEREST OF REVENUE. THEREFORE I PROPOSE TO CANCEL THE AFORES AID ASSESSMENT U/S.263 OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT 1961 AND DIRECT THE ASSESSING OFFICER TO REDO THE ASSESSMENT. TO THIS NOTICE ASSESSEE FILED A REPLY DT.16.01.2013 . IN THE SAID REPLY ASSESSEE POINTED OUT THAT THE CAPITAL GAINS ARISING ON SALE OF THE TWO PROPERTIES WERE INVESTED IN A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IN J. P NAGAR WITHIN THE PERIOD MENTIONED IN SECTION 54F OF THE ACT AND THE REFORE SHE WAS ELIGIBLE TO CLAIM EXEMPTION UNDER THE SAID SECTION. ASSESSEE ALSO MENTIONED THAT AT THE TIME OF SALE OF THE SITES SHE HAD A HOUSE AT SULTHANPALYA WHICH WAS SELF-OCCUPIED AND ANOTHER HO USE AT HIGH POINT WHICH WAS LET OUT AS AN OFFICE SPACE. AS PER THE A SSESSEE ALL THESE FACTS WERE BORNE ON RECORD AND CONSIDERED BY THE AO IN TH E COURSE OF ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS. ARGUMENT OF THE ASSESSEE W AS THAT ONE OF THE TWO HOUSES HAD BEEN LET OUT FOR OFFICE USE HENCE A SSESSEE COULD BE DEEMED TO BE OWNING ONLY ONE RESIDENTIAL HOUSE AT T HE TIME OF SALE OF THE PROPERTY GIVING RISE TO THE CAPITAL GAINS THEREBY SATISFYING THE CONDITIONS SET OUT IN THE PROVISO TO SECTION 54F OF THE ACT. ASSESSEE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT FOR A PROPERTY HELD BY HER ALONG W ITH HER SON SHRI. LOHIT LATTER WAS FILING IT RETURN OWNING UP THE PROPERTY IN FULL. FURTHER CONTENTION OF THE ASSESSEE WAS THAT AO HAD REOPENED THE ASSESSMENT FOR EXAMINING ASSESSEES CLAIM FOR EXEMPTION OF LONG-TE RM CAPITAL GAINS. AS ITA.511/BANG/2013 PAGE - 4 PER THE ASSESSEE AO HAD FOUND ASSESSEE TO BE ELIGI BLE FOR EXEMPTION CLAIMED U/S.54F OF THE ACT. IN OTHER WORDS AS PER THE ASSESSEE AO HAD TAKEN A POSSIBLE VIEW AND SECTION 263 OF THE ACT CO ULD NOT BE INVOKED FOR SUBSTITUTING A LAWFULL VIEW TAKEN BY THE AO. A SSESSEE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE REOPENED ASSESSMENT WAS COMPLETED BY T HE AO WITHOUT FURNISHING THE REASONS FOR REOPENING RENDERING THE PROCEEDINGS NULL AND VOID. 04. HOWEVER CIT (A) WAS NOT IMPRESSED BY THE ABOVE REPLY. ACCORDING TO HIM ON THE DATE OF TRANSFER OF THE PR OPERTIES GIVING RISE TO THE CAPITAL GAINS VIZ. 01.07.2004 AND 08.09.2004 ASSESSEE WAS THE OWNER OF MORE THAN ONE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IN AD DITION TO ONE SHE HELD JOINTLY WITH HER SON. THUS ACCORDING TO HIM ASSES SEE WAS NOT ENTITLED FOR EXEMPTION 54F OF THE ACT. 05. IN SO FAR AS THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE THAT THE ORDER SOUGHT TO BE REVISED WAS NULL AND VOID FOR WANT OF FURNISHING RE ASONS FOR REOPENING CIT (A) WAS OF THE OPINION THAT NO SUCH OBJECTION W AS TAKEN BY THE ASSESSEE BEFORE THE AO. HE SET ASIDE THE ASSESSMEN T PASSED BY THE AO DIRECTING HIM TO REDO THE ASSESSMENT AFRESH. 06. NOW BEFORE US LD. AR STRONGLY ASSAILING THE OR DER OF CIT SUBMITTED THAT THE ORDER SOUGHT TO BE REVISED BY TH E CIT WAS ONE PASSED U/S.143(3) R.W.S.147 OF THE ACT PURSUANT TO A REOP ENING. AS PER THE LD. AR REASONS FOR THE REOPENING MENTIONED BY THE AO WA S AVAILABLE AT ITA.511/BANG/2013 PAGE - 5 PAPER BOOK PAGE C-5. REOPENING WAS SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF VERIFYING THE CLAIM OF DEDUCTION U/S.54F OF THE ACT AND TO VE RIFY WHETHER ASSESSEE HAD SATISFIED THE CONDITIONS MENTIONED THEREIN. IN THE ASSESSMENT ORDER PASSED U/S.143(3) R.W.S.147 OF THE ACT IT WAS CLEA RLY MENTIONED BY THE AO THAT THE REOPENING WAS DONE ONLY FOR VERIFYING I TS CLAIM FOR EXEMPTION FROM CAPITAL GAINS. THUS AS PER THE LD. AR AO HAD APPLIED HIS MIND AND TAKEN A LAWFUL VIEW. AO WAS AWARE THA T OUT OF THE TWO RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES ONE WAS LET OUT FOR OFFICE SPACE AND THEREFORE ASSESSEE COULD BE DEEMED AS OWNING ONLY ONE RESIDEN TIAL HOUSE PROPERTY AT THE TIME OF TRANSFER OF THE PROPERTIES GIVING RI SE TO CAPITAL GAINS. AS PER THE LD. AR CIT HAD INVOKED SECTION 263 OF THE ACT ONLY TO SUBSTITUTE A LAWFUL VIEW TAKEN BY THE AO AND THIS ACTION OF LD. CIT WAS NOT SUSTAINABLE. 06. PER CONTRA LD. DR SUPPORTED THE ORDER OF THE C IT. 07. WE HAVE PERUSED THE ORDERS AND HEARD THE RIVAL CONTENTIONS. THERE IS NO DISPUTE THAT THE ORDER SOUGHT TO BE REV ISED BY THE CIT IS ONE PASSED BY THE AO U/S.143(3) R.W.S.147 OF THE ACT. LETTER DT.21.10.2010 ISSUED BY THE AO TO THE ASSESSEE PLACED AT PAPER BO OK PAGE C5 CLEARLY MENTIONS THE REASONS FOR WHICH THE REOPENING WAS RE SORTED TO. THIS LETTER IS REPRODUCED HEREUNDER : ITA.511/BANG/2013 PAGE - 6 IT IS AMPLY CLEAR FROM THE ABOVE THAT REOPENING WAS RESORTED ONLY TO VERIFY WHETHER THE ASSESSEE WAS OWNING MORE THAN ONE RESID ENTIAL HOUSE ON THE DATE OF TRANSFER OF ORIGINAL ASSETS. IN FACT THE RELEVANT PORTION HAS BEEN UNDER LINED BY THE AO. ASSESSMENT ORDER ALSO IS VIVID ON THIS ASP ECT. RELEVANT PART OF THE ASSESSMENT ORDER IS REPRODUCED HERE UNDER : SUBSEQUENTLY IN ORDER TO VERIFY THE ASSESSEES CLA IM TOWARDS EXEMPTION OF LONG TERM CAPITAL GAINS IN RESPECT OF CAPITAL GAINS ARISING FROM SALE OF IMMOVABLE PROPERTIES SITUATED AT NO. AT 571 HSR LAYOUT BANGALORE AND ANOTHER PROPERTY AT 883 VIJA YA BANK HOUSE BUILDING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY BILEKAHALLI BANGALO RE NECESSARY APPROVAL FOR RE-OPENING THE ASSESSMENT WAS OBTAINED FROM THE ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONER OF INCOME-TAX. ACCORDINGLY NOTICE U/S.148 READ WITH SECTION 147(B) DT.24/6/2009 WAS ISSUED AN D DULY SERVED ON THE ASSESSEE. IN RESPONSE TO THE SAID NOTICE U/S.1 48 THE ASSESSEES ITA.511/BANG/2013 PAGE - 7 AUTHORISED REPRESENTATIVE FILED A REPLY STATING THA T THE RETURN OF INCOME ORIGINALLY FILED ON 20.07.2005 MAY BE TREATE D AS RETURN OF INCOME FILED IN RESPONSE TO NOTICE U/S.148. THUS THERE CANNOT BE ANY DOUBT THAT AO HAD ALL INFO RMATION AND HAD MADE ENQUIRIES WITH REGARD TO THE CLAIM OF EXEMPTION U/S .54F OF THE ACT ON THE CAPITAL GAINS ARISING TO THE ASSESSEE FROM THE SALE OF TWO IMMOVABLE PROPERTIES. THE ONLY QUESTION THAT REMAINS IS WHETHER THE VIEW TAKEN BY THE AO WAS ONE PERMISSIBLE UNDER LAW. CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE WAS T HAT OUT OF THE TWO HOUSES OWNED BY HER ONE WAS RENTED OUT FOR OFFICE SPACE A ND COULD NOT HAVE BEEN DEEMED AS A RESIDENTIAL HOUSE AT ALL. ASSESSING OF FICER PERCEIVED SUCH USE TO BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR BEING EXCLUDED AS NOT A RESIDENTIAL HOUSE. THEN ASSESSEE WAS LEFT WITH ONLY ONE RESIDENTIAL HOUSE. ADMITTEDLY THE THIRD ONE WAS JOINTLY HELD BY THE ASSESSEE ALONG WITH HER SON WHO WAS SHOWING THE ENTIRE INCOME THEREFROM IN HIS PERSONAL IT RETURN WHICH WAS ACCE PTED BY THE DEPARTMENT. THIS BEING THE CASE IN OUR OPINION THE VIEW TAKEN BY THE AO THAT ASSESSEE WAS ELIGIBLE FOR DEDUCTION U/S.54F OF THE ACT WAS A POS SIBLE ONE WHICH COULD NOT BE TERMED AS UNLAWFUL OR ILLEGAL. PROCEEDINGS U/S.263 OF THE ACT CAN BE INITIATED ONLY WHEN THERE IS AN ERROR IN THE ORDER OF THE AO AND SUCH ORDER CAUSES PREJUDICE TO THE INTERESTS OF REVENUE. ONCE AO HAS TAKEN A VIEW WHICH IS LAWFULLY PERMISSIBLE UNDER THE ACT WE CANNOT SAY T HAT THERE IS AN ERROR IN THE ORDER OF AO. UNLESS THE TWIN CONDITIONS NAMELY ERR OR AND PREJUDICE ARE SATISFIED IN OUR OPINION CIT CANNOT INVOKE THE P OWERS U/S.263 OF THE ACT. THESE CONDITIONS WERE NOT FULFILLED HERE. WE SET A SIDE THE ORDER PASSED BY THE CIT U/S.263 OF THE ACT. ITA.511/BANG/2013 PAGE - 8 08. IN THE RESULT APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE STANDS AL LOWED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 31ST DAY OF J ULY 2015. SD/- SD/- (VIJAYPAL RAO) (ABRAH AM P GEORGE) JUDICIAL MEMBER ACCOUNTANT MEMBER