HEMANT RAMNIKLAL SHAH, MUMBAI v. ITO - WD - 19 (1)(5), MUMBAI

ITA 6033/MUM/2018 | 2010-2011
Pronouncement Date: 08-11-2019 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 603319914 RSA 2018
Assessee PAN AADPS3365H
Bench Mumbai
Appeal Number ITA 6033/MUM/2018
Duration Of Justice 1 year(s) 15 day(s)
Appellant HEMANT RAMNIKLAL SHAH, MUMBAI
Respondent ITO - WD - 19 (1)(5), MUMBAI
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 08-11-2019
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted H
Tribunal Order Date 08-11-2019
Last Hearing Date 07-11-2019
First Hearing Date 07-11-2019
Assessment Year 2010-2011
Appeal Filed On 23-10-2018
Judgment Text
P A G E | 1 ITA NO.6033/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2010 - 11 SHRI HEMANT RAMNIKLAL SHAH VS. ITO WARD - 19(1)(5) IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL H BENCH MUMBAI BEFORE SHRI RAVISH SOOD JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI N.K. PRADHAN ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ITA NO.6033/MUM/2018 (ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2010 - 11) SHRI HEMANT RAMNIKLAL SHAH 9 BEST VIEW RAGHAVJI ROAD GOWALIA TANK MUMBAI 400 036 VS. SHRI VIKAS KUMAR SINGH ITO WARD - 19(1)(5) MUMBAI. PAN AADPS3365H (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT) APPELLANT BY: NONE RESPONDENT BY: SHRI V. VINOD KUMAR D.R DATE OF HEARING: 07 .11.2019 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT: 0 8 .11.2019 O R D E R PER RAVISH SOOD JM THE PRESENT APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE IS DIRECTED AGAINST THE ORDER PASSED BY THE CIT(A) - 6 MUMBAI DATED 26.09.2018 WHICH IN TURN ARISES FROM THE ORDER PASSED BY THE A.O UNDER SEC. 271(1)(C) OF THE INCOME - TAX ACT 1961 (FOR SHORT ACT) DATED 30.03.2015 FOR A.Y. 2010 - 11. 2. BRIEFLY STATED THE ASSESSEE HAD FILED HIS RETURN OF INCOME FOR A.Y. 2010 - 11 ON 29.09.201 0 DECLARING HIS TOTAL INCOME OF RS.2 55 575/ - . ASSESSMENT UNDER SEC. 143(3) WAS COMPLETED ON 08.02.2013 DETERMINING THE TOTAL INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE AT RS.6 43 780/ - . THE A.O WHILE FRAMING THE ASSESSMENT HAD MADE AN ADDITION OF RS.3 88 200/ - ON ACCOUNT OF UNEXPLAINED CASH DEPOSITS MADE IN THE BANK ACCO UNT OF THE ASSESSEE. 3. AGGRIEVED THE ASSESSEE HAD ASSAILED THE ASSESSMENT IN APPEAL BEFORE THE CIT(A). IT WAS THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE THAT DUE TO THE ILL HEALTH OF HIS DAUGHTER WHO WAS MENTALLY P A G E | 2 ITA NO.6033/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2010 - 11 SHRI HEMANT RAMNIKLAL SHAH VS. ITO WARD - 19(1)(5) RETARDED AND SUFFERED FROM ATTACKS OF MILD CEREBRAL PALSY DIPLEGIA HE HAD IN ORDER TO MEET OUT ANY MEDICAL EMERGENCY WAS KEEPING SUFFICIENT CASH OUT OF HIS PAST SAVINGS WITH HIM WHICH WOULD BE DEPOSITED IN THE BANK AS AND WHEN THE SAME TO HIS UNDERSTANDI NG WOULD NOT BE R EQUIRED FOR THE TIME BEING . ALSO IT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE ASSESSEE THAT THE RETURNS OF INCOME WERE BEING F ILED BY THE MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY . IN THE BACKDROP OF THE AFORESAID FACTS THE CIT(A) WHILE DISPOSING OFF THE QUANTUM APPEAL PARTLY FOUND FAVOUR WITH THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE AND AS PER HIM IN ALL FAIRNESS RESTRICTED THE ADDITION TO AN AMOUNT OF RS. 2 00 000/ - . 4. AFTER RECEIVING THE ORDER OF THE CIT(A) THE A.O CALLED UPON THE ASSESSEE TO SHOW CAUSE AS TO WHY PENALTY UNDER SEC.271 (1)(C) MAY NOT BE IMPOSED IN RESPECT OF THE ADDITION OF RS.2 00 000/ - MADE TOWARDS UNEXPLAINED CASH DEPOSITS BY THE A.O WHICH THEREAFTER WAS SUSTAINED BY THE CIT(A) . AS THE REPLY OF THE ASSESSEE THAT NO PENALTY WAS LIABLE TO BE IMPOSED IN HIS HANDS DID NO T FIND FAVOUR WITH THE A.O THEREFORE HE IMPOSED A PENALTY UNDER SEC.271(1)(C) OF RS.36 872/ - . 5. AGGRIEVED THE ASSESSEE HA D ASSAILED THE IMPOSITION OF PENALTY UNDER SEC.271(1)(C) IN APPEAL BEFORE THE CIT(A). HOWEVER NOT BEING PERSUADED TO ACCEPT THE CONTENTIONS ADVANCED BY THE ASSESSEE THE CIT(A) UPHELD THE PENALTY IMPOSED BY THE A.O UNDER SEC.271(1)(C) AND DISMISSED THE APPEAL. 6. THE ASSESSEE BEING AGGRIEVED WITH THE ORDER OF THE CIT(A) HAS CARRIED THE MATTER IN APPEAL BEFORE US. AS THE ASSESSEE RESPONDENT DESPITE HAVING BEEN PUT TO NOTICE AS REGARDS THE HEARING OF THE APPEAL HAD FAILED TO PUT UP AN APPEARANCE BEFORE US THEREFORE WE PROCEED WITH AS PER RULE 24 OF THE APPELLATE TRIBUNAL RULES 1963 AND DISPOSE OFF THE APPEAL AFTER HEARING THE RE VENUE RESPONDENT AND CONSIDERING THE ORDERS OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES. 7. THE LD. DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVE (FOR SHORT D.R) HAD RELIED ON THE ORDERS OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES. IT WAS AVERRED BY THE LD. D.R THAT AS THE ASSESSEE HAD FAILED TO EXPLAIN THE NATURE AND SOURCE OF THE CASH DEPOSITS IN HIS BANK ACCOUNT THEREFORE THE A.O HAD RIGHTLY IMPOSED THE PENALTY U/S 271(1)(C) AS REGARDS THE CASH DEPOSIT OF RS.2 00 000/ - I.E TO T H E EXTENT THE ADDITION WAS SUSTAINED BY THE CIT(A) IN THE COURSE OF THE Q UANTUM APPEAL. IT WAS AVERRED BY THE LD. D.R THAT AS THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE WAS DEVOID AND BEREFT OF ANY MERIT THEREFORE THE SAME WAS LIABLE TO BE DISMISSED. P A G E | 3 ITA NO.6033/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2010 - 11 SHRI HEMANT RAMNIKLAL SHAH VS. ITO WARD - 19(1)(5) 8. WE HAVE HEARD THE AUTHORISED REPRESENTATIVES FOR BOTH THE PARTIES PERUSED THE ORDERS OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES AND THE MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON RECORD. AS IS DISCERNIBLE FROM THE ORDERS OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES THE ASSESSEE IN THE COURSE OF THE ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS WAS CALLED UPON TO PUT FORTH AN EXPLANATION AS REGARDS THE EXCESS CASH DEPOSIT S OF RS.3 88 200/ - IN HIS BANK ACCOUNT DURING THE YEAR UNDER CONSIDERATION. IN REPLY IT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE ASSESSEE THAT THE AFORESAID AMOUNT OF CASH DEPOSITS WERE SOURCED OUT OF HIS PAST SAVINGS. IN ORDER TO FORTIFY HIS AFORESAID CLAIM IT WAS SUBMITT ED BY THE ASSESSEE THAT AS HIS DAUGHTER WAS MENTALLY RETARDED AND WAS SUFFERING FROM ATTACKS OF MILD CEREBRAL PALSY DEPLEGIA THEREFORE IN ORDER TO TAKE CARE OF ANY UNFORESEEN EMERGENCY HE WAS KEEPING SUFFICIENT CASH (OUT OF HIS PAST SAVINGS) AVAILABLE WI TH HIM . IT WAS THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE THAT AS AND WHEN THE AFORESAID CASH (OUT OF PAST SAVINGS) LYING WITH HIM TO HIS UNDERSTANDING WOULD NOT BE IMMEDIATELY REQUIRED FOR THE TIME BEING THE SAME WOULD BE DEPOSITED BY HIM IN HIS BANK ACCOUNT. APART THEREFROM IT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE ASSESSEE THAT HE HAD BEEN FILING RETURNS OF INCOME FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS AND IN THE LAST 10 YEARS HAD SHOWN A NET INCOME(AGGREGATE) OF RS.39 56 000/ - . AS CAN BE GATHERED FROM THE PENALTY ORDER IT WAS ALSO SUBMITTED BY T HE ASSESSEE THAT HIS WIFE HAD SHOWN INCOME OF RS.18 00 000/ - HIS HUF HAD SHOWN INCOME OF RS.4 14 LACS AND HIS DAUGHTER HAD SHOWN AN INCOME OF RS.7.99 LAC. IN SUM AND SUBSTANCE IT WAS THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE THAT HE ALONG WITH HIS FAMILY MEMBERS HAD SUF FICIENT FUNDS WHICH WOULD EXPLAIN THE CASH DEPOSIT OF RS.3 88 200/ - IN HIS BANK ACCOUNT DURING THE YEAR UNDER CONSIDERATION. AS OBSERVED BY US HEREINABOVE THE EXPLANATION OF THE ASSESSEE WAS NOT ACCEPTED BY THE A.O WHO THEREIN HELD THE CASH DEPOSITS OF RS.3 88 200/ - AS AN UNEXPLAINED CASH CREDIT UNDER SEC.68 OF THE ACT. ON APPEAL THE CIT(A) OBSERVING THAT IN THE TOTALITY OF THE FACTS OF THE CASE THE ADDITION MADE IN THE HANDS OF THE ASSESSEE WAS LIABLE TO BE RESTRICTED TO RS.2 00 000/ - . IT IS IN CONTEXT OF THE ADDITION OF RS.2 00 000/ - THAT HAS BEEN SUSTAINED BY THE CIT(A) THAT PENALTY UNDER SEC.271(1)(C) OF RS.36 871/ - HAD BEEN IMPOSED BY THE A.O. 9. WE HAVE GIVEN A THOUGHTFUL CONSIDERATION TO THE FACTS OF THE CASE AND ARE UNABLE TO PERSUADE OURSELVES TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE VIEW TAKEN BY THE LOWER AUTHORITIES. AS IS DISCERNIBLE FROM THE ORDERS OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES THE ASSESSEE ON BEING CALLED UPON TO PUT FORTH AN EXPLANATION AS REGARDS THE CASH DEPOSITS OF RS.3 88 200/ - IN HIS BANK ACCOUNT HAD THERE IN SUBMITTED THAT THE SAME WAS OUT OF HIS PAST SAVING (AFTER MEETING OUT PERSONAL EXPENSES). IN P A G E | 4 ITA NO.6033/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2010 - 11 SHRI HEMANT RAMNIKLAL SHAH VS. ITO WARD - 19(1)(5) OUR CONSIDERED VIEW THE FACT THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD CONSISTENTLY BEEN FILING HIS RETURNS OF INCOME FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS AND ALSO THE FACT THAT HIS FAMILY ME MBERS WERE BEING ASSESSED TO TAX THEREIN INSPIRE S SUBSTANTIAL CONFIDENCE AS REGARDS HIS EXPLANATION IN RESPECT OF AVAILABILITY OF CASH TO THE EXTENT OF RS.3 88 200/ - (OUT OF PAST SAVINGS) WITH HIM DURING THE YEAR UNDER CONSIDERATION. APART THEREFROM WE F IND THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD ALSO CAME FORTH WITH AN EXPLANATION AS TO FOR WHAT PURPOSE HE WAS KEEPING SUFFICIENT CASH (OUT OF PAST SAVINGS) WITH HIM. AS OBSERVED BY US HEREINABOVE IT HAS THROUGHOUT BEEN THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE THAT IT WAS BUT FOR THE ILL HEALTH OF HIS DAUGHTER WHO WAS SUFFERING FROM MENTAL RETARDATION THAT HE WAS KEEPING SUFFICIENT CASH AVAILABLE WITH HIM TO MEET OUT ANY EMERGENCY SITUATION . ALSO IT WAS CLAIMED BY THE ASSESSEE THAT THE SAID CASH (OUT OF PAST SAVINGS) WOULD BE DEPOSITED B Y HIM IN BANK AS AND WHEN THE SAID FUNDS TO HIS UNDERSTANDING WOULD NOT BE IMMEDIATELY REQUIRED. 10. WE HAVE DELIBERATED ON THE FACTS OF THE CASE AND FIND SUBSTANTIAL FORCE IN THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE. IN OUR CONSIDERED VIEW AS THE ASSESSEE HAD CAME FO RTH WITH AN EXPLANATION AS REGARDS THE NATURE AND SOURCE OF THE CASH DEPOSITS UNDER CONSIDERATION WHICH WE FIND HAS NOT BEEN SHOWN AS INCORRECT OR FALSE THEREFORE HE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN VISITED WITH ANY PENALTY U/S 271(1)(C) ON THE SAID COUNT. ADMIT T EDLY THE QUANTUM ADDITION TO THE EXTENT OF RS. 2 LAC HAD BEEN CONFIRMED BY THE CIT(A) HOWEVER WE CANNOT REMAIN OBLIVIOUS OF THE FACT THAT ASSESSMENT AND PENALTY PROCEEDINGS ARE SEPARATE AND DISTINCT PROCEEDINGS AND MERELY FOR THE REASON THAT AN ADDITI ON HAD BEEN MADE IN THE HANDS OF THE ASSESSEE WOULD NOT JUSTIFY IMPOSITION OF PENALTY U/S 271(1)(C) ON THE ASSESSEE. AS A MATTER OF FACT WE FIND THAT THE CIT(A) IN THE COURSE OF THE QUANTUM PROCEEDINGS HAD ALSO PARTLY ACCEPTED THE AFORESAID EXPLANATION OF THE ASSESSEE AND HAD RESTRICTED THE ADDITION IN THE HANDS OF THE ASSESSEE TO THE EXTENT OF RS.2 00 000/ - (OUT OF ADDITION OF RS. 3 88 200/ - MADE BY THE A.O) . IN OUR CONSIDERED VIEW THE SUSTAINING OF THE QUANTUM ADDITION BY THE CIT(A) AT AN AMOUNT OF RS.2 00 000/ - IS NOT BACKED BY ANY BASIS BUT IS ONLY FOUNDED ON AN ESTIMATION. IN SUM AND SUBSTANCE THE CIT(A) AFTER ACCEPTING THE EXPLANATION OF THE ASSESSEE HAD ON AN ESTIMATE BASIS RESTRICTED THE ADDITION IN THE COURSE OF THE QUANTUM APPEAL TO AN AMOUNT OF RS.2 00 000/ - . WE ARE OF A STRONG CONVICTION THAT NO PENALTY UNDER SEC.271(1)(C) CAN BE VALIDLY IMPOSED IN RESPECT OF AN ESTIMATED ADDITION DE HORS ANY SUPPO RTING MATERIAL. ON THE BASIS OF OUR AFORESAID DELIBERATIONS WE ARE NOT INCLINED TO UPHOLD THE ORDER OF THE CIT(A) WHO HAD SUSTAINED THE PENALTY IMPOSED BY THE A.O UNDER P A G E | 5 ITA NO.6033/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2010 - 11 SHRI HEMANT RAMNIKLAL SHAH VS. ITO WARD - 19(1)(5) SEC.271(1)(C) OF THE ACT. ACCORDINGLY THE ORDER OF THE CIT(A) IS SET ASIDE AND THE PE NALTY OF RS.36 871/ - IMPOSED BY THE A.O IS QUASHED. 10. THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED. ORDER PR ONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 0 8 . 11.2019 S D / - S D / - ( N.K. PRADHAN ) (RAVISH SOOD) ACCOUNTANT MEMBER JUDICIAL MEMBER MUMBAI ; 0 8 .11 .2019 PS. ROHIT / COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO : 1. / THE APPELLANT 2. / THE RESPONDENT. 3. ( ) / THE CIT(A) - 4. / CIT 5. / DR ITAT MUMBAI 6. / GUARD FILE . //TRUE COPY// / BY ORDER / (DY./ASSTT. REGISTRAR) / ITAT MUMBAI