Ashit Sud, Delhi v. DCIT, Circle- 16(2), New Delhi

ITA 6428/DEL/2017 | 2008-2009
Pronouncement Date: 25-03-2021 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 642820114 RSA 2017
Assessee PAN AOGPS7293P
Bench Delhi
Appeal Number ITA 6428/DEL/2017
Duration Of Justice 3 year(s) 5 month(s) 2 day(s)
Appellant Ashit Sud, Delhi
Respondent DCIT, Circle- 16(2), New Delhi
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 25-03-2021
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted A
Tribunal Order Date 25-03-2021
Last Hearing Date 23-03-2021
First Hearing Date 23-03-2021
Assessment Year 2008-2009
Appeal Filed On 23-10-2017
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL DELHI BENCHES A : DELHI BEFORE SHRI BHAVNESH SAINI JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI O.P. KANT ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ITA.NO.6427/DEL./2017 ASSESSMENT YEAR 2008-2009 SHRI ABHIT SUD 2A SHANKARACHARYA MARG CIVIL LINES DELHI 110 054. PAN AOGPS7293P [ VS. THE DCIT CIRCLE-16(2) C.R. BUILDING NEW DELHI PIN 110 002 (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT) ITA.NO.6428/DEL./2017 ASSESSMENT YEAR 2008-2009 SHRI ASHIT SUD 2A SHANKARACHARYA MARG CIVIL LINES DELHI 110 054. PAN AOGPS7315Q [ VS. THE DCIT CIRCLE-16(2) C.R. BUILDING NEW DELHI PIN 110 002 (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT) FOR ASSESSEE : SHRI GAURAV BANSAL C.A. FOR REVENUE : SHRI ASHOK GAUTAM SR. DR DATE OF HEARING : 23.03.2021 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 25 .03.2021 ORDER PER BHAVNESH SAINI J.M. BOTH THE APPEALS BY DIFFERENT ASSESSEES ARE DIRECTED AGAINST THE DIFFERENT ORDERS OF THE LD. CIT(A)-38 NEW DELHI DATED 28.07.2017 FOR THE A.Y. 2008-2009 2 ITA.NO.6427/DEL./2017 SHRI ABHIT SUD DELHI. CHALLENGING THE LEVY OF PENALTY UNDER SECTION 271(1)(C) OF THE I.T. ACT 1961. 2. WE HAVE HEARD THE LEARNED REPRESENTATIVE OF BOTH THE PARTIES AND PERUSED THE MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON RECORD. 3. LEARNED COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE AT THE OUTSET SUBMITTED THAT THE A.O. ISSUED SHOW CAUSE NOTICE DATED 10.12.2010 UNDER SECTION 271 READ WITH SECTION 274 OF THE I.T. ACT 1961 BEFORE LEVY OF THE PENALTY IN WHICH THE A.O. HAS MENTIONED AS UNDER : HAVE CONCEALED THE PARTICULARS OF YOUR INCOME OR FURNISHED INACCURATE PARTICULARS OF SUCH INCOME IN TERMS OF EXPLANATION 1 2 3 4 AND 5. 3.1. HE HAS THEREFORE SUBMITTED THAT THE A.O. HAS NOT MENTIONED AS TO FOR WHICH LIMB OF SECTION 271(1)(C) OF THE I.T. ACT 1961 THE PENALTY PROCEEDINGS HAVE BEEN INITIATED I.E. WHETHER FOR CONCEALMENT OF PARTICULARS OF INCOME OR FOR FURNISHING INACCURATE PARTICULARS OF INCOME. THEREFORE THE 3 ITA.NO.6427/DEL./2017 SHRI ABHIT SUD DELHI. PENALTY PROCEEDINGS ARE VITIATED AND ARE LIABLE TO BE QUASHED ON THIS REASON ALONE. HE HAS SUBMITTED THAT AN IDENTICAL ISSUE HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED BY ITAT DELHI C- BENCH DELHI IN THE CASE OF M/S. BHARAT IMMUNOLOGICAL & BIOLOGICAL CORPORATION LTD. BULANDSHAHR VS. THE DCIT CIRCLE BULANDSHAHR IN ITA.NO.5538/DEL./2015 FOR THE A.Y. 2008-2009 AND PENALTY ORDER HAVE BEEN QUASHED VIDE ORDER DATED 29.04.2019. THE SAME READS AS UNDER : IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL DELHI BENCHES C: DELHI BEFORE SHRI BHAVNESH SAINI JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI O.P. KANT ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ITA.NO.5538/DEL./2015 ASSESSMENT YEAR 2008-2009 M/S. BHARAT IMMUNOLOGICAL & BIOLOGICAL CORPORATION LTD. BULANDSHAHR PAN AABCB4550C C/O. RRA TAXINDIA D-28 SOUTH EXTENSION PART-I NEW DELHI-110049 VS. THE DY. CIT CIRCLE BULANDSHAHR. (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT) FOR ASSESSEE : DR. RAKESH GUPTA AND SHRI SOMIL AGGARWAL ADVOCATES FOR REVENUE : SMT. RINKU SINGH SR. D.R. 4 ITA.NO.6427/DEL./2017 SHRI ABHIT SUD DELHI. DATE OF HEARING : 29.04.2019 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 29.04.2019 ORDER PER BHAVNESH SAINI J.M. THIS APPEAL BY ASSESSEE HAS BEEN DIRECTED AGAINST THE ORDER OF THE LD. CIT(A) GHAZIABAD DATED 29.06.2015 FOR THE A.Y. 2008-2009 CHALLENGING THE LEVY OF PENALTY UNDER SECTION 271(1)(C) OF THE I.T. ACT 1961. 2. IN THIS CASE THE ASSESSEE FILED RETURN OF INCOME DECLARING LOSS OF RS.5.75 CRORES. THE A.O. NOTED THAT PROVISION FOR BAD DEBT OF RS.1 01 81 411/- WAS DEBITED TO P & L ACCOUNT. THE A.O. NOTED THAT SUCH PROVISION IS NOT ALLOWABLE UNLESS IT IS ASCERTAINED LIABILITY. THE A.O. ACCORDINGLY MADE ADDITION OF THE AMOUNT AND ASSESSED THE NET LOSS AT RS.4.74 CRORES. THE A.O. ON THE AFORESAID ADDITION LEVIED THE PENALTY UNDER SECTION 271(1)(C) OF THE I.T. ACT 1961. THE LD. CIT(A) DISMISSED THE APPEAL OF ASSESSEE. 3. LEARNED COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE REFERRED TO THE CHART TO SHOW THAT ASSESSEE HAS BEEN SUFFERING LOSS CONTINUOUSLY. LEARNED COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE REFERRED TO 5 ITA.NO.6427/DEL./2017 SHRI ABHIT SUD DELHI. SEVERAL REPLIES FILED WITH THE INCOME TAX AUTHORITIES AS WELL AS TO THE CONCERNED DEPARTMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA FOR RELEASE OF THE AMOUNT IN QUESTION. HE HAS REFERRED TO PB- 79 WHICH IS SHOW CAUSE NOTICE ISSUED BEFORE LEVY OF THE PENALTY IN WHICH A.O. HAS NOT MENTIONED ANYTHING AS TO FOR WHICH LIMB OF SECTION 271(1)(C) OF THE I.T. ACT PENALTY HAVE BEEN PROPOSED AGAINST THE ASSESSEE. HE HAS ALSO REFERRED TO SHOW CAUSE NOTICE DATED 27.12.2010 UNDER SECTION 274 READ WITH SECTION 271(1)(C) OF THE I.T. ACT ISSUED PRIOR TO LEVY OF THE PENALTY IN WHICH THE A.O. HAS STATED AS UNDER : HAVE CONCEALED THE PARTICULARS OF YOUR INCOME OR FURNISHED INACCURATE PARTICULARS OF SUCH INCOME. 3.1. LEARNED COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE THEREFORE SUBMITTED THAT A.O. HAS NOT POINTED-OUT AS TO FOR WHICH LIMB OF SECTION 271(1)(C) OF THE I.T. ACT PENALTY HAVE BEEN INITIATED. THEREFORE LEVY OF PENALTY IS ILLEGAL AND BAD IN LAW AND IN SUPPORT OF THE CONTENTION RELIED UPON SEVERAL DECISIONS OF THE TRIBUNAL AND JUDGMENT OF THE HONBLE SUPREME COURT IN THE 6 ITA.NO.6427/DEL./2017 SHRI ABHIT SUD DELHI. CASE OF CIT & ANOTHER VS. M/S. SSAS EMERALD MEADOWS REPORTED IN 73 TAXMANN.COM 248. 4. ON THE OTHER HAND LD. D.R. RELIED UPON THE ORDERS OF THE AUTHORITIES BELOW. 5. AFTER CONSIDERING THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS WE ARE OF THE VIEW THAT PENALTY IS NOT LEVIABLE IN THE MATTER. THE A.O. ISSUED SHOW CAUSE NOTICE DATED 27 TH DECEMBER 2010 BEFORE LEVY OF THE PENALTY AGAINST THE ASSESSEE. HOWEVER THE A.O. IN ITS SHOW CAUSE NOTICE FAILED TO SPECIFY IN WHICH LIMB OF SECTION 271(1)(C) OF THE ACT THE PENALTY PROCEEDINGS HAD BEEN INITIATED I.E. WHETHER FOR CONCEALMENT OF PARTICULARS OF INCOME OR FURNISHING INACCURATE PARTICULARS OF INCOME AS RIGHTLY POINTED-OUT BY THE LEARNED COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE. THE ENTIRE PENALTY PROCEEDINGS ARE THEREFORE VITIATED AND NO PENALTY IS LEVIABLE. ON THIS SCORE ITSELF SIMILAR VIEW IS TAKEN BY HONBLE KARNATAKA HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF CIT VS. M/S. SSAS EMERALD MEADOWS 73 TAXMANN.COM 241. THIS DECISION IS CONFIRMED BY THE HONBLE SUPREME COURT REPORTED IN 73 TAXMANN.COM 248. IN THIS VIEW OF THE MATTER THE ORDERS OF THE AUTHORITIES BELOW ARE SET ASIDE AND PENALTY IS CANCELLED. 7 ITA.NO.6427/DEL./2017 SHRI ABHIT SUD DELHI. 5. IN THE RESULT APPEAL OF ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED. 3.2. HE HAS FURTHER SUBMITTED THAT HONBLE DELHI HIGH COURT ALSO IN THE CASE OF PR. CIT VS. M/S. SAHARA INDIA LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY LTD IN GROUP CASES REPORTED IN 2019- (8)-TMI-409-(DEL.)-(HC) IN PARA-21 FOLLOWING THE SAME DECISION HELD AS UNDER : 21. THE RESPONDENT HAD CHALLENGED THE UPHOLDING OF THE PENALTY IMPOSED UNDER SECTION 271(1) (C) OF THE ACT WHICH WAS ACCEPTED BY THE ITAT. IT FOLLOWED THE DECISION OF THE KARNATAKA HIGH COURT IN CIT V. MANJUNATHA COTTON & GINNING FACTORY 359ITR 565 (KAR) AND OBSERVED THAT THE NOTICE ISSUED BY THE AO WOULD BE BAD IN LAW IF IT DID NOT SPECIFY WHICH LIMB OF SECTION 271(1) (C) THE PENALTY PROCEEDINGS HAD BEEN INITIATED UNDER I.E. WHETHER FOR CONCEALMENT OF PARTICULARS OF INCOME OR FOR FURNISHING OF INACCURATE PARTICULARS OF INCOME. THE KARNATAKA HIGH COURT HAD FOLLOWED THE ABOVE JUDGMENT IN THE SUBSEQUENT ORDER IN COMMISSIONER 8 ITA.NO.6427/DEL./2017 SHRI ABHIT SUD DELHI. OF INCOME TAX VS. SSAS EMERALD MEADOWS (2016) 73 TAXMAN.COM 241 (KAR) THE APPEAL AGAINST WHICH WAS DISMISSED BY THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA IN SLP NO. 11485 OF 2016 BY ORDER DATED 5 TH AUGUST 2016. 3.3. LEARNED COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE THEREFORE SUBMITTED THAT PENALTY ORDER MAY BE SET ASIDE AND PENALTY ORDER MAY BE CANCELLED IN BOTH THE APPEALS. 4. ON THE OTHER HAND LD. D.R. RELIED UPON THE ORDERS OF THE AUTHORITIES BELOW. 5. AFTER CONSIDERING THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS WE ARE OF THE VIEW THAT THE ISSUE IS COVERED BY THE ORDER OF ITAT DELHI BENCH IN THE CASE OF M/S. BHARAT IMMUNOLOGICAL & BIOLOGICAL CORPORATION LTD. BULANDSHAHR VS. THE DCIT CIRCLE BULANDSHAHR (SUPRA) AND JUDGMENT OF HONBLE DELHI HIGH COURT ALSO IN THE CASE OF PR. CIT VS. M/S. SAHARA INDIA LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY LTD. (SUPRA). IT IS NOT IN DISPUTE THAT IN BOTH THE APPEALS THE A.O. HAS ISSUED AN IDENTICAL SHOW CAUSE NOTICE DATED 10.12.2010 MENTIONING THE FACT AS 9 ITA.NO.6427/DEL./2017 SHRI ABHIT SUD DELHI. REPRODUCED ABOVE IN WHICH A.O. HAS NOT POINTED-OUT AS TO FOR WHICH LIMB OF SECTION 271(1)(C) OF THE I.T. ACT 1961 PENALTY PROCEEDINGS ARE INITIATED I.E. WHETHER FOR CONCEALMENT OF PARTICULARS OF INCOME OR FOR FURNISHING INACCURATE PARTICULARS OF INCOME. THEREFORE THE PENALTY NOTICE IS INVALID AND BAD IN LAW AND AS SUCH THE ENTIRE PROCEEDINGS ARE VITIATED AND NO PENALTY IS LEVIABLE AGAINST THE ASSESSEE. THE SAME ISSUE HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED BY ITAT DELHI BENCH IN THE CASE OF M/S. BHARAT IMMUNOLOGICAL & BIOLOGICAL CORPORATION LTD. BULANDSHAHR VS. THE DCIT CIRCLE BULANDSHAHR (SUPRA) AND PENALTY HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. THE SAME VIEW HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY HONBLE DELHI HIGH COURT ALSO IN THE CASE OF PR. CIT VS. M/S. SAHARA INDIA LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY LTD. (SUPRA). FOLLOWING THE ABOVE DECISIONS WE SET ASIDE THE ORDERS OF THE AUTHORITIES BELOW AND CANCEL THE PENALTY IN BOTH THE APPEALS. ACCORDINGLY BOTH THE APPEALS OF THE ASSESSEE ARE ALLOWED. 6. IN THE RESULT BOTH THE APPEALS OF THE ASSESSEE ARE ALLOWED. 10 ITA.NO.6427/DEL./2017 SHRI ABHIT SUD DELHI. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT. SD/- SD/- (O.P. KANT) (BHAVNESH SAINI) ACCOUNTANT MEMBER JUDICIAL MEMBER DELHI DATED 25 TH MARCH 2021 VBP/- COPY TO 1. THE APPELLANT 2. THE RESPONDENT 3. CIT(A) CONCERNED 4. CIT CONCERNED 5. D.R. ITAT A BENCH DELHI 6. GUARD FILE. // BY ORDER // ASSISTANT REGISTRAR : ITAT DELHI BENCHES : DELHI.