DIRECT INFORMATION P. LTD, MUMBAI v. ITO 9(1)(3), MUMBAI

ITA 6363/MUM/2016 | 2011-2012
Pronouncement Date: 30-11-2017 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 636319914 RSA 2016
Assessee PAN AABCD0497L
Bench Mumbai
Appeal Number ITA 6363/MUM/2016
Duration Of Justice 1 year(s) 1 month(s) 3 day(s)
Appellant DIRECT INFORMATION P. LTD, MUMBAI
Respondent ITO 9(1)(3), MUMBAI
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 30-11-2017
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Tags No record found
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted SMC
Tribunal Order Date 30-11-2017
Assessment Year 2011-2012
Appeal Filed On 27-10-2016
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL MUMBAI BENCH SMC MUMBAI BEFORE SHRI G.S. PANNU ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ITA NO. 6363/MUM/2016 : A.Y : 2011 - 12 DIRECT INFORMATION PVT. LTD. DIRECTIPLEX ACME I - TECH PARK NEXT TO ANDHERI SUBWAY OLD NAGARDAS ROAD ANDHERI (E) MUMBAI 400 069 (APPELLANT) PAN : AABCD0497L VS. ITO 9(1)(3) MUMBAI (RESPONDENT) APPELLANT BY : SHRI MANECK ANDHYARUJINA RESPONDENT BY : MS. N. HEMALATHA DATE OF HEARING : 24/11/2017 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 30 /11/2017 O R D E R PER G.S. PANNU AM : THE CAPTIONED APPEAL BY THE ASSESSEE IS DIRECTED AGAINST THE ORDER OF CIT(A) - 20 MUMBAI DATED 26.08.2016 PERTAINING TO THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2011 - 12 WHICH IN TURN HAS ARISEN FROM THE ORDER PASSED BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER MUMBAI DATED 30.12.2013 U/S 143(3) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (IN SHORT THE ACT). 2. IN THIS APPEAL ALTHOUGH THE ASSESSEE HAS RAISED MULTIPLE GROUNDS OF APPEAL BUT THE SOLITARY DISPUTE IS WITH REGARD TO THE DISALLOWANCE OF RS.34 88 3/ - MADE BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER U/S 14A OF THE ACT. 2 ITA NO. 6363/MUM/2016 DIRECT INFORMATION PVT. LTD. 3. BRIEFLY PUT THE RELEVANT FACTS ARE THAT THE ASSESSING OFFICER NOTED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD EARNED DIVIDEND INCOME OF RS.4 74 630/ - WHICH WAS CLAIMED AS EXEMPT U/S 10(34) OF THE ACT AND AT THE SAME TIME NO DISALLOWANCE WAS MADE OUT OF EXPENSES RELATABLE TO THE SAID INCOME IN TERMS OF SEC. 14A OF THE ACT. THE STAND OF THE ASSESSEE WAS THAT NO EXPENSES HAVE BEEN INCURRED ON EARNING OF THE EXEMPT INCOME AND IN ANY CASE THE COST INCURRED TO ACQUIRE T HE INVESTMENTS I.E. BROKERAGE ETC. HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE COST OF THE INVESTMENTS. THE ASSESSING OFFICER APPLIED RULE 8D(2)(III) OF THE INCOME TAX RULES 1962 (IN SHORT THE RULES) TO COMPUTE THE DISALLOWANCE U/S 14A OF THE ACT AT RS.34 883/ - . THE CIT (A) HAS ALSO AFFIRMED THE DISALLOWANCE AGAINST WHICH THE ASSESSEE IS IN FURTHER APPEAL BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL. 4. BEFORE ME THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE IS THAT IT HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY EXPLAINING THAT NO PARTICULAR EXPENDITURE HAS BEEN INCURRED IN RELATION T O THE EXEMPT INCOME AND THAT THE ASSESSING OFFICER HAS MECHANICALLY APPLIED RULE 8D OF THE RULES TO COMPUTE THE DISALLOWANCE U/S 14A OF THE ACT. 5. ON THE OTHER HAND THE LD. DR SUPPORTED THE ORDER OF THE ASSESSING OFFICER BY POINTING OUT THAT THE DISA LLOWANCE WAS NECESSITATED ON ACCOUNT OF THE FACT THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS EARNED EXEMPT INCOME. 6. I HAVE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS. QUITE CLEARLY RESORT TO RULE 8D OF THE RULES CAN BE MADE IN ORDER TO WORK OUT THE DISALLOWANCE U/S 14A OF THE ACT ONLY IN CASE THE ASSESSING OFFICER IS SATISFIED THAT THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE IS INCORRECT HAVING REGARD TO THE ACCOUNTS OF THE ASSESSEE. 3 ITA NO. 6363/MUM/2016 DIRECT INFORMATION PVT. LTD. THE AFORESAID PROPOSITION IS QUITE WELL SETTLED AND IS IN FACT NOW CONFIRMED BY THE HON'BLE SUPREME COURT IN THE CASE OF GODREJ & BOYCE MANUFACTURING COMPANY LIMITED VS. DY. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME - TAX & ANR. IN CIVIL APPEAL NO. 7020 OF 2011 . IN THE INSTANT A PERUSAL OF THE DISCUSSION IN THE ASSESSMENT ORDER REVEALS THAT THE DISALLOWANCE U/S 14A OF THE ACT HAS BEEN COMPUTED BY APPLYING RULE 8D OF THE RULES WITHOUT RECORDING ANY SATISFACTION WITH REGARD TO THE ASSESSEES CLAIM AND IN MY VIE W THE ASSESSEE IS CORRECT IN ASSERTING THAT RULE 8D OF THE RULES HAS BEEN MECHANICALLY APPLIED. ON THIS ASPECT ITSELF I FIND NO REASON TO UPHOLD THE DISALLOWANCE OF RS.34 883/ - U/S 14A OF THE ACT WHICH IS HEREBY SET - ASIDE. 7. IN THE RESULT APPEAL O F THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED AS ABOVE. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 3 0 T H NOVEMBER 2017. SD/ - (G.S. PANNU) ACCOUNTANT MEMBER MUMBAI DATE : 3 0 T H NOVEMBER 2017 *SSL* COPY TO : 1) THE APPELLANT 2) THE RESPONDENT 3) THE CIT(A) CONCERNED 4) THE CIT CONCERNED 5) THE D.R SMC BENCH MUMBAI 6) GUARD FILE BY ORDER DY./ASSTT. REGISTRAR I.T.A.T MUMBAI