KIRTIKUMAR SHANTILAL CHANDAN, MUMBAI v. ITO 19 (2)(2), MUMBAI

ITA 6414/MUM/2018 | 2009-2010
Pronouncement Date: 15-11-2019 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 641419914 RSA 2018
Assessee PAN AAAPC9778R
Bench Mumbai
Appeal Number ITA 6414/MUM/2018
Duration Of Justice 1 year(s) 9 day(s)
Appellant KIRTIKUMAR SHANTILAL CHANDAN, MUMBAI
Respondent ITO 19 (2)(2), MUMBAI
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 15-11-2019
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted H
Tribunal Order Date 15-11-2019
Last Hearing Date 11-11-2019
First Hearing Date 11-11-2019
Assessment Year 2009-2010
Appeal Filed On 06-11-2018
Judgment Text
P A G E | 1 ITA NO.6414/MUM/2018 AY. 2009 - 10 KIRTIKUMAR SHANTILAL CHANDAN VS. ITO - 19(2)(2) IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL H BENCH MUMBAI BEFORE SHRI RAVISH SOOD JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI N.K. PRADHAN ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ITA NO.6414/MUM/2018 (ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2009 - 10) KIRTIKUMAR SHANTILAL CHANDAN 59 NANUBHAI DESAI ROAD SHOP NO. 57C OPP. ISLAMPURA STREET MUMBAI 400004 VS. ITO - 19(2)(2) 214 MATRU MANDIR MUMBAI - 400007 PAN AAAPC9778R (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT) APPELLANT BY: SHRI NIMESH K. CHOTHANI & SHRI LAJARI OSWAL A.RS RESPONDENT BY: SHRI K. BHOOPATI D.R DATE OF HEARING: 14 .11.2019 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT: 1 5 .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) - 29 MUMBAI DATED 06.05.2015 WHICH IN TURN ARISES FROM THE ORDER PASSED BY THE A.O UNDER SEC.143(3) R.W.S. 147 OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (FOR SHORT ACT) DATED 26.03.2015. THE ASSESSEE HAS ASSAILED THE IMPUGNED ORDER ON THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS OF APPEA L BEFORE US: 1. ON THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE AND IN LAW THE LD.CIT(A) - 29 MUMBAI ERRED IN NOT TREATING THE REASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS AS INVALID AND BAD IN LAW. 2. ON THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE AND IN LAW THE LD. CIT(A) - 29 MUMBAI ERRED IN CONFIRMING THE ADDITIONS MADE BY THE LD. AO AT RS.1 10 695/ - BEING 12.5% OF TOTAL ALLEGED NON - GENUINE PURCHASES OF RS. 8 85 560/ - IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THE APPELLANT HAS ESTABLISHED THAT THE TOTAL PURCHASES MADE OF RS. 8 85 560/ - WERE GENUINE PURCHASES. 2 . BRIEFLY STATED THE ASSESSEE HAD E - FILED HIS RETURN OF INCOME FOR A.Y. 2009 - 10 ON 17.09.2009 DECLARING HIS TOTAL INCOME AT RS.9 39 710/ - . R ETURN OF INCOME FILED BY THE ASSESSEE P A G E | 2 ITA NO.6414/MUM/2018 AY. 2009 - 10 KIRTIKUMAR SHANTILAL CHANDAN VS. ITO - 19(2)(2) WAS PROCESSED AS SUCH UNDER SEC.143(1) OF THE AC T. SUBSEQUENTLY ON THE BASIS OF INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM THE DGIT (INV.) MUMBAI THAT THE ASSESSEE AS A BENEFICIARY HAD OBTAINED ACCOMMODATION PURCHASE BILLS AMOUNTING TO RS. 8 85 560/ - FROM A HAWALA PARTY VIZ. M/S SHREE SUNDHA STEEL S PVT. LTD. HIS CAS E WAS REOPENED UNDER SEC.147 OF THE ACT. 3. DURING THE COURSE OF THE ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS THE A.O CALLED UPON THE ASSESSEE TO SUBSTANTIATE THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE PURCHASES WHICH WERE CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN MADE FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED PARTY I.E M/ SHREE SUNDHA STEEL S PVT. LTD. IN REPLY THE ASSESSEE PLACE D ON RECORD CERTAIN DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THE GENUINENESS OF THE PURCHASE TRANSACTIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION VIZ. (I) COPIES OF THE PURCHASE INVOICES; (II) COPIES OF THE BANK STATEMENTS E VIDENCING PAYMENTS MADE TO THE AFOREMENTIONED PARTY BY ACCOUNT PAYEE CHEQUES; (III) CHART SHOWING THE DETAILS OF PURCHASE S MADE FROM THE AFORESAID PARTY ; AND (IV) QUANTITATIVE TALLY IN RESPECT OF PURCHASES CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN MADE FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED PARTY ALONG WITH THE DETAILS AS REGARDS THE CORRESPONDING SALES. HOWEVER THE A.O WAS NOT PERSUADED TO ACCEPT THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE THAT HE HAD MADE GENUINE PURCHASES FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED PARTY. I T WAS OBSERVED BY THE A.O THAT THE NOTICE ISSUED UNDE R SEC.133(6) TO THE SAID PARTY WAS RETURNED BY THE POSTAL AUTHORITIES WITH THE REMARKS NOT FOUND. ALSO IT WAS OBSERVED BY THE A.O THAT THE ASSESSEE DESPITE HAVING BEEN SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED TO PRODUCE THE AFOREMENTIONED PARTY FOR EXAMINATION HAD FAILED TO DO SO. ON THE BASIS OF THE AFORESAID FACTS THE A.O WAS OF THE VIEW THAT THE ASSESSEE WITH AN INTENT TO SUPPRESS HIS TRUE PROFITS HAD BOOKED BOGUS PURCHASES . APART THEREFROM IT WAS OBSERVED BY THE A.O THAT THE ASSESSEE COULD NOT PLACE ON RECORD ANY DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE WHICH COULD HAVE IRREFUTABL Y SUBSTANTIATED THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE PURCHASE TRANSACTIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION VIZ. (I) DELIVERY CHALLANS; (II) TRANSPORT RECEIPTS; (III) O CTROI RECEIPTS (IV) RECEIPT OF WEIGHBRIDGE FOR WEIGHING OF GOO DS; (V) GATE PASS; (VI) GOODS INWARD REGISTER MAINTAINED AT GODOWN/WAREHOUSE ETC. ALSO IT WAS OBSERVED BY THE A.O THAT THE FACT THE PAYMENTS MADE TO THE AFORESAID PARTY WAS THROUGH CHEQUES COULD NOT BE HELD AS SACROSANCT FOR EVIDENCING THE GENUINENESS OF THE IMPUGNED PURCHASES TRANSACTION S . ACCORDINGLY AFTER CHARACTERI SING THE AFORESAID PURCHASES CLAIMED BY THE ASSESSEE TO HAVE BEEN MADE FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED PARTY AS BOGUS THE A.O DISALLOWED 12.5% OF THE AGGREGATE VALUE OF SUCH PURCHASES AGGREGATING TO RS.8 85 560/ - AND MADE A CONSEQUENTIAL ADDITION OF RS.1 10 695/ - IN THE HANDS OF THE ASSESSEE. P A G E | 3 ITA NO.6414/MUM/2018 AY. 2009 - 10 KIRTIKUMAR SHANTILAL CHANDAN VS. ITO - 19(2)(2) 4. AGGRIEVED THE ASSESSEE CARRIED THE MATTER IN APPEAL BEFORE THE CIT(A). HOWEVER THE CIT(A) NOT BEING PERSUADED TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE CONTENTIONS RAISED BY T HE ASSESSEE DISMISSED THE APPEAL. 5. THE ASSESSEE BEING AGGRIEVED WITH THE ORDER OF THE CIT(A) HAS CARRIED THE MATTER IN APPEAL BEFORE US. IT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE LD. AUTHORISED REPRESENTATIVE (FOR SHORT A.R) FOR THE ASSESSEE THAT AS THE ASSESSEE HAD SU BSTANTIATED THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE PURCHASE TRANSACTIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION ON THE BASIS OF SUFFICIENT DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE THEREFORE THE LOWER AUTHORITIES WERE NOT JUSTIFIED IN STAMPING THE PURCHASES MADE BY THE ASSESSEE FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED PARTY AS BOGUS. THE LD. A.R IN HIS ATTEMPT TO FORTIFY HIS CLAIM THAT NO ADDITION/DISALLOWANCE IN CONTEXT OF THE PURCHASE TRANSACTIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION WAS CALLED FOR IN THE HANDS OF THE ASSESSEE THEREIN RELIED ON THE JUDGMENT OF THE HONBLE SUPREME COURT IN THE CASE OF CIT - 7 NEW DELHI VS. M/S ODEON BUILDERS PVT. LTD. [ R EVIEW PETITION (C )( DIARY NO. 22394 OF 2019)] IN (CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 9604 9605 OF 2018). ALTERNATIVELY IT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE LD. A.R THAT THE ADDITION/DISALLOWANCE TO THE EXTENT OF 12.5% OF THE AGGREGATE VALUE OF THE PURCHASES MADE BY THE ASSESSEE FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED PARTY WAS EXORBITANT. IT WAS AVERRED BY THE LD. A.R THAT THE ADDITION IN THE HANDS OF THE ASSESSEE WAS LIABLE TO BE RESTRICTED TO THE EXTENT OF BRINGING THE G.P RATE OF S UCH PURCHASES AT THE SAME RATE AS THAT OF OTHER GENUINE PURCHASES. IN SUPPORT OF HIS AFORESAID CONTENTION THE LD. A.R HAD RELIED ON THE JUDGMENT OF THE HONBLE HIGH COURT OF BOMBAY IN THE CASE OF PR. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX - 17 VS. M/S MOHOMMAD HA J I ADAM & COMPANY (ITA NO.1004 OF 2016 DATED 11.02.2019). 6. PER CONTRA THE LD. DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVE (FOR SHORT D.R) RELIED ON THE ORDERS OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES. IT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE LD. D.R THAT BOTH THE LOWER AUTHORITIES HAD IN ALL FAIRNESS ALR EADY RESTRICTED THE ADDITION ONLY TO THE EXTENT OF 12.5% OF THE AGGREGATE VALUE OF THE AMOUNT OF UNSUBSTANTIATED PURCHASES UNDER CONSIDERATION. IT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE LD. D.R THAT AS THE LOWER AUTHORITIES HAD ALREADY TAKEN A LIBERAL VIEW THEREFORE THE APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE BEING DEVOID AND BEREFT OF ANY MERIT WAS LIABLE TO BE DISMISSED. 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 DISCERN IBLE FROM THE ORDERS OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES WE FIND THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD FAILED TO SUBSTANTIATE THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE IMPUGNED PURCHASES ON THE BASIS OF IRREFUTABLE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE. AS A MATTER OF FACT EVEN IN THE COURSE OF THE P A G E | 4 ITA NO.6414/MUM/2018 AY. 2009 - 10 KIRTIKUMAR SHANTILAL CHANDAN VS. ITO - 19(2)(2) HEARING OF THE APPEAL BEFORE US THE ASSESSEE DESPITE SPECIFIC DIRECTION COULD NOT ADDUCE ANY DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE AS REGARDS THE MODE OF TRANSPORT LORRY RECEIPTS ETC. WHICH WOULD SUBSTANTIATE THE FACT THAT GOODS WERE ACTUALLY RECEIVED FROM THE AFORESAID PARTY. IN THE B ACKDROP OF THE AFORESAID FACTS WE ARE IN AGREEMENT WITH THE VIEW TAKEN BY THE LOWER AUTHORITIES THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD NOT MADE ANY GENUINE PURCHASES FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED PARTY. 7. INSOFAR THE RELIANCE PLACED BY THE LD. A.R ON THE JUDGEMENT OF THE HON BLE SUPREME COURT IN THE CASE OF M/S ODEON BUILDERS PVT. LTD. (SUPRA) IS CONCERNED WE FIND THAT THE SAME BEING DISTINGUISHABLE ON FACTS WOULD NOT ASSIST THE CASE OF THE ASSESSEE BEFORE US. AS CAN BE GATHERED FROM THE AFORESAID ORDER OF THE HONBLE APEX C OURT THE ASSESSEE IN THE SAID CASE HAD FURNISHED SUFFICIENT DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE BEFORE THE LOWER AUTHORITIES IN ORDER TO SUBSTANTIATE THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE IMPUGNED PURCHASES UNDER CONSIDERATION . IT WAS THUS AFTER CONSIDERING THE AFORESAID FACTUAL POSITION THAT THE HONBLE APEX COURT HAD CONCLUDED THAT NO DISALLOWANCE OF THE PURCHASES WAS CALLED FOR IN THE HANDS OF THE ASSESSEE. INSOFAR THE CASE BEFORE US IS CONCERNED WE FIND THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD FAILED TO SUBSTANTIATE THE AUTHENTICITY OF ITS CL AIM OF HAVING MADE PURCHASES FROM THE AFORESAID SUPPLIER PARTY. ACCORDINGLY WE ARE OF THE CONSIDERED VIEW THAT IT CAN SAFELY BE CONCLUDED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD NOT PURCHASED THE GOODS FROM THE AFORESAID HAWALA PARTY BUT HAD IN FACT PROCURED THE SAME AT A DISCOUNTED VALUE FROM UNDISCLOSED PARTIES OPERATING IN OPEN/GREY MARKET. INSOFAR THE QUANTIFICATION OF THE PROFIT ELEMENT INVOLVED IN MAKING OF SUCH PURCHASES FROM OPEN/GREY MARKET IS CONCERNED WE FIND THAT THE HONBLE HIGH COURT OF BOMBAY IN ITS RECEN T JUDGEMENT IN THE CASE OF PR. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX - 17 VS. M/S MOHHOMAD HAJI ADAM & COMPANY (ITA NO. 1004 OF 2016 DATED 11.02.2019) WHILE UPHOLDING THE ORDER OF THE TRIBUNAL HAD OBSERVED THAT THE ADDITION IN THE HANDS OF THE ASSESSEE AS REGARDS T HE BOGUS/UNPROVED PURCHASES WAS TO BE MADE TO THE EXTENT OF BRINGING THE G.P RATE OF SUCH PURCHASES AT THE SAME RATE AS THAT OF OTHER GENUINE PURCHASES. THE HONBLE HIGH COURT WHILE CONCLUDING AS HEREINABOVE HAD OBSERVED AS UNDER: 8. IN THE PRESENT CASE AS NOTED ABOVE THE ASSESSEE WAS A TRADER OF FABRICS. THE AO FOUND THREE ENTITIES WHO WERE INDULGING IN BOGUS BILLING ACTIVITIES. A.O. FOUND THAT THE PURCHASES MADE BY THE ASSESSEE FROM THESE ENTITIES WERE BOGUS. THIS BEING A FINDING O F FACT WE HAVE PROCEEDED ON SUCH BASIS. DESPITE THIS THE QUESTION ARISES WHETHER THE REVENUE IS CORRECT IN CONTENDING THAT THE ENTIRE PURCHASE AMOUNT SHOULD BE ADDED BY WAY OF ASSESSEE'S ADDITIONAL INCOME OR THE ASSESSEE IS CORRECT P A G E | 5 ITA NO.6414/MUM/2018 AY. 2009 - 10 KIRTIKUMAR SHANTILAL CHANDAN VS. ITO - 19(2)(2) IN CONTENDING THAT SUC H LOGIC CANNOT BE APPLIED. THE FINDING OF THE CIT(A) AND THE TRIBUNAL WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAD NOT DISPUTED THE ASSESSEE'S SALES. THERE WAS NO DISCREPANCY BETWEEN THE PURCHASES SHOWN BY THE ASSESSEE AND THE SALE DECLARED. THAT BEING THE POSITI ON THE TRIBUNAL WAS CORRECT IN COMING TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE PURCHASES CANNOT BE REJECTED WITHOUT DISTURBING THE SALES IN CASE OF A TRADE. THE TRIBUNAL THEREFORE CORRECTLY RESTRICTED THE ADDITIONS LIMITED TO THE EXTENT OF BRINGING THE G.P. RATE ON P URCHASES AT THE SAME RATE OF OTHER GENUINE PURCHASES. THE DECISION OF THE GUJARAT HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF N.K. INDUSTRIES LTD. (SUPRA) CANNOT BE APPLIED WITHOUT REFERENCE TO THE FACTS. IN FACT IN PARAGRAPH 8 OF THE SAME JUDGMENT THE COURT HELD AND OBSERVED AS UNDER - SO FAR AS THE QUESTION REGARDING ADDITION OF RS.3 70 78 125/ - AS GROSS PROFIT ON SALES OF RS.37.08 CRORES MADE BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE SAID SALES HAD ADMITTEDLY BEEN RECORDED IN THE REGULAR BOOKS DURING FINANCIAL YEAR 1997 - 98 IS CONCERNED WE ARE OF THE VIEW THAT THE ASSESSEE CANNOT BE PUNISHED SINCE SALE PRICE IS ACCEPTED BY THE REVENUE. THEREFORE EVEN IF 6 % GROSS PROFIT IS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE CORRESPONDING COST PRICE IS REQUIRED TO BE DEDUC TED AND TAX CANNOT BE LEVIED ON THE SAME PRICE. WE HAVE TO REDUCE THE SELLING PRICE ACCORDINGLY AS A RESULT OF WHICH PROFIT COMES TO 5.66% THEREFORE CONSIDERING 5.66 % OF RS.3 70 78 1 25/ - WHICH COMES TO RS.20 98 62 1.88 WE THINK IT FIT TO DIRECT THE REVENUE TO ADD RS.20 98 621.88 AS GROSS PROFIT AND MAKE NECESSARY DEDUCTIONS ACCORDINGLY. ACCORDINGLY THE SAID QUESTION IS ANSWERED PARTIALLY IN FAVOUR OF THE ASSESSEE AND PARTIALLY IN FAVOUR OF THE REVENUE. 9. IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES NO QUESTION OF LAW THEREFORE ARISES. ALL INCOME TAX APPEALS ARE DISMISSED ACCORDINGLY. NO ORDER AT COSTS. AS SUCH THE HONBLE JURISDICTIONAL HIGH COURT HAD OBSERVED THAT THE ADDITION IN RESPECT OF PURCHAS ES WHICH WERE FOUND TO BE BOGUS IN THE CASE OF THE ASSESSEE BEFORE THEM WHO WAS A TRADER WAS TO BE WORKED OUT BY BRINGING THE G.P. RATE OF SUCH BOGUS PURCHASES AT THE SAME RATE AS THAT OF OTHER GENUINE PURCHASES. WE THUS RESPECTFULLY FOLLOWING THE AFORES AID JUDGMENT OF THE HONBLE HIGH COURT THEREIN DIRECT THE A.O TO RESTRICT THE ADDITION INSOFAR THE BOGUS/UNPROVED PURCHASES AGGREGATING TO RS. 8 85 560 / - IN THE CASE BEFORE US ARE CONCERNED BY BRINGING THE G.P. RATE ON THE AMOUNT OF SUCH BOGUS PURCHASES A T THE SAME RATE AS THAT OF OTHER GENUINE PURCHASES OF THE ASSESSEE . NEEDLESS TO SAY THE ASSESSEE IN THE COURSE OF THE SET ASIDE PROCEEDINGS SHALL FURNISH THE REQUISITE DETAILS BEFORE THE A.O WHO SHALL AFTER MAKING NECESSARY VERIFICATIONS RESTRICT THE A DDITIONS IN TERMS OF OUR AFORESAID OBSERVATIONS. ACCORDINGLY THE O RDER PASSED BY THE CIT(A) IS SET ASIDE AND THE MATTER IS RESTORED TO THE FILE OF THE A.O TO GIVE EFFECT TO OUR AFORESAID DIRECTIONS. 8. THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED FOR STATISTI CAL PURPOSES. ORDER PRO NOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 1 5 . 11.2019 . S D / - S D / - ( N.K. PRADHAN ) (RAVISH SOOD) ACCOUNTANT MEMBER JUDICIAL MEMBER MUMBAI ; 15 .11 .2019 PS. ROHIT P A G E | 6 ITA NO.6414/MUM/2018 AY. 2009 - 10 KIRTIKUMAR SHANTILAL CHANDAN VS. ITO - 19(2)(2) / 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