India HIV AIDS Alliance, New Delhi v. CIT(E), New Delhi

ITA 5185/DEL/2015 | misc
Pronouncement Date: 07-11-2017 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 518520114 RSA 2015
Assessee PAN AABCI2577E
Bench Delhi
Appeal Number ITA 5185/DEL/2015
Duration Of Justice 2 year(s) 2 month(s) 20 day(s)
Appellant India HIV AIDS Alliance, New Delhi
Respondent CIT(E), New Delhi
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 07-11-2017
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Tags No record found
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted D
Tribunal Order Date 07-11-2017
Assessment Year misc
Appeal Filed On 17-08-2015
Judgment Text
INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL DELHI BENCH D : NEW DELHI BEFORE SHRI H.S.SIDHU JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI PRASHANT MAHARISHI ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ITA NO. 5185/DEL/2015 INDIA HIV AIDS ALLIANCE 6 ZAMRUDPUR COMMUNITY CENTRE KAILASH COLONY EXTENSION NEW DELHI PAN:AABCI2577E VS. CIT(E) 26 TH FLOOR E - 2 BLOCK CIVI CENTRE NEW DELHI (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT) ASSESSEE BY : MS. GUNJAN MAHESWARI CA REVENUE BY: SHRI SHRAVAN GOTRU SR. DR DATE OF HEARING 23/08 /2017 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT 07 / 11 /2017 O R D E R PER PRASHANT MAHARISHI A. M. 1. THIS IS AN APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE AGAINST THE ORDER OF THE LD CIT(EXEMPTIONS) NEW DELHI DATED 12.06.2015 WHEREIN THE APPLICATION U/S 80G(5)(VI) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 FILED BY THE ASSESSEE ON 20.06.2014 FOR APPROVAL WAS REJECTED. 2. THE ASSESSEE HAS PREFERRED FOLLOWING GROUNDS OF APPEAL 1. FOR THE LD CIT (E) HAS LEGALLY AND FACTUALLY ERRED IN REJECTING T HE APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL UNDER SECTION 80G OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961. 2. FOR THE LD CIT(E) IS LEGALLY INCORRECT IN IGNORING TWO ORDERS OF THE LD CIT(APPEAL) AND INSTEAD RELYING ON THE ORDER OF THE LD AO U/S 143(3) WHICH WAS QUASHED BY THE LD CIT(APPEA LS) 3. FRO THAT THE LD CIT(E) ERRED BY IGNORING THE FACT THAT THE APPLICANT WAS WORKING ON MEDICAL RELIEF OF IMPORTANCE AND DID NOT FALL IN THE LIST LIMB OF THE DEFINITION OF SECTION 2(15) ADVANCEMENT OF ANY OTHER GENERAL PUBLIC UTILITY. THE PROVISO TO SE CTION 2(15) REGARDING BUSINESS ACTIVITY DOES NOT APPLY TO THE ORGANIZATION FALLING IN THE FIRST SIX LIMBS. 3. BRIEF FACTS OF THE CASE IS THAT THE ASSESSEE IS A CHARITABLE TRUST IT FILED ITS APPLICATION IN FORM NO. 10G FOR SEEKING APPROVAL U/S 80G(5)(VI) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961. ON FILING THE APPLICATION THE ASSESSEE WAS ISSUED SEVER AL LETTERS SEEKING EXPLANATION WHICH REMAIN UN - COMPLIED WITH. THE LD CIT(E) CALLED FOR THE REPORT OF THE LD AO WHO STATED THAT THE ASSESSEE IS NOT CARRYING CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES AS PROVIDED U/S 2(15) OF THE ACT. THE LD AO FURTHER STATED INDIA HIV AIDS ALLIANCE VS CIT(E) ITA NO. 5185/DEL/2015 PAGE | 2 THAT IN ASSESSMENT YEAR 2012 - 13 THE INCOME OF THE ASSES SEE IS ASSESSED AT RS. 108653630/ - AGAINST THE NIL INCOME. IN VIEW OF THIS THE LD CIT(E) HELD THAT ASSESSEE IS NOT ENTITLED TO THE ABOVE RECOGNITION. IT WAS FURTHER MENTIONED THAT PROCEEDING FOR WITHDRAWAL FOR REGISTRATION U/S 12AA(3) OF THE ACT WERE ALSO INITIATED VIDE COMMUNICATION DATED 10.01.2012 FOR THE REASON THAT ACTIVITIES OF THE APPLICANT TRUST DO NOT CONSTITUTE CHARITABLE PURPOSE U/S 2(15) OF THE ACT. THE LD AR SUBMITTED THAT THE ASSESSEE IS EXECUTING PROJECT IN THE FIELD OF HIV/AIDS CONTROL AND T HEREFORE THE ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSESSEE ARE MEDICAL RELIEF AND HENCE FALLING IN THE DEFINITION OF SECTION 2(15) OF THE ACT AS CHARITABLE PURPOSES. IT WAS THEREFORE SUBMITTED THAT THE ASSESSEE IS ENTITLED FOR RECOGNITION U/S 2(15) OF THE ACT. 4. THE LD DR SUBMITTED THAT THE ASSESSEE IS CARRYING ON ACTIVITIES BY OBTAINING GRANT FROM VARIOUS AGENCIES AND THEREFORE THE SAME IS ENGAGED IN ACTIVITIES OF GENERAL PUBLIC UTILITY. HE FURTHER STATED THAT THE ASSESSEE IS NOT CARRYING ON ACTIVITIES OF MEDICAL RELIEF. 5. WE HAVE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED THE RIVAL CONTENTIONS AS WELL AS PERUSED THE ORDERS OF THE LD CIT(E) U/S 80G(5)(VI) DATED 12.06.2015 . IT IS APPARENT THAT AS THE NAMES SUGGESTS THAT THE ASSESSEE IS ENGAGED IN THE EXECUTION OF PROJECT IN THE FIELD OF HIV/ AIDS CONTROL THEREFORE APPARENTLY IT CARRIES THE ACTIVITIES OF MEDICAL RELIEF PRIMA FACIE. MERELY BECAUSE THE APPLICANT GETS GRANT FROM VARIOUS AGENCIES FOR EXECUTION OF PROJECTS IT CANNOT BE SAID THAT THE ASSESSEE IS CARRYING ON OBJECT OF GENERAL PUBLIC UTILI TY . FURTHERMORE MERELY BECAUSE IN ASSESSMENT YEAR 2012 - 13 THE ASSESSMENT HAS BEEN MADE HOLDING THAT ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSESSEE ARE NOT CHARITABLE IT CANNOT BE SAID THAT THE ASSESSEE IS NOT ENGAGED IN THE ACTIVITY OF MEDICAL RELIEF . IT IS ALSO THE FACT TH AT THE ASSESSEE HAS ALSO NOT COMPLIED WITH MANY OF THE NOTICE S ISSUED BY THE LD CIT(E). FURTHERMORE THE LD CIT(E) HAS CALLED FOR THE REPORT OF THE AO WHICH IS NOT CONFRONTED TO THE ASSESSEE TO MAKE ITS SUBMISSION. ACCORDING TO SECTION 80G(5) OF THE ACT TH E ASSESSEE IS ENTITLED TO THE RECOGNITION IF IT IS ESTABLISHED IN INDIA FOR A CHARITABLE PURPOSE. THEREFORE LOOKING AT THE OBJECT OF THE TRUST WHICH IS APPARENTLY MEDICAL RELIEF WE SET ASIDE THE WHOLE ISSUE BACK TO THE FILE OF THE LD CIT(E) TO DECIDE THE ISSUE AFRESH AFTER GRANTING THE ASSESSEE AN OPPORTUNITY OF HEARING TO PROVIDE DETAILS ABOUT ITS OBJECT AND ACTIVITIES FALLING INTO THE OBJECT OF MEDICAL RELIEF. THE ASSESSEE IS A LSO DIRECTED TO FURNISH REQUISITE DETAILS CALLED FOR AS STATED IN PARA NO.2 OF THE ORDER OF THE LD CIT(E) AND TO DEMONSTRATE BEFORE HIM THAT THE ASSESSEE IS IN FACT CARRYING ON ACTIVITIES OF MEDICAL RELIEF. THE LD CIT(E) MAY ALSO EXAMINE THE ACTUAL CONDUCT OF ACTIVITIES OF THE MEDICAL RELIEF BUT SHOULD NOT BE INFLUENCED BY RECEIPT OF GRANT FROM VARIOUS AGENCIES OF THE ASSESSEE. INDIA HIV AIDS ALLIANCE VS CIT(E) ITA NO. 5185/DEL/2015 PAGE | 3 6. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED WITH ABOVE DIRECTION FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPE N COURT ON 0 7 / 1 1 /2017. - S D / - - S D / - ( H.S.SIDHU ) (PRASHANT MAHARISHI) JUDICIAL MEMBER ACCOUNTANT MEMBER DATED: 0 7 / 1 1 /2017 A K KEOT COPY FORWARDED TO 1. APPLICANT 2. RESPONDENT 3. CIT 4. CIT (A) 5. DR:ITAT ASSISTANT REGISTRAR ITAT NEW DELHI