S. Muthaiah, Davangere v. DCIT, Bangalore

ITA 670/BANG/2016 | 2009-2010
Pronouncement Date: 30-09-2016 | Result: Partly Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 67021114 RSA 2016
Assessee PAN BEXPS3420N
Bench Bangalore
Appeal Number ITA 670/BANG/2016
Duration Of Justice 6 month(s)
Appellant S. Muthaiah, Davangere
Respondent DCIT, Bangalore
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 30-09-2016
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Partly Allowed
Bench Allotted C
Tribunal Order Date 30-09-2016
Assessment Year 2009-2010
Appeal Filed On 30-03-2016
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL C BENCH BANGALORE BEFORE S MT. ASHA VIJAYARAGHAVAN JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI INTURI RAMA RAO ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ITA NO S . 670 TO 672/ BANG/20 16 (ASSESSMENT YEAR S : 2009 - 10 TO 2011 - 12 ) SHRI S.MUTHAIAH NO.762 /13 DHATRI I STAGE 2 ND CROSS OPP. ST.JOHNS HIGH SCHOOL SHIVAKUMAR SWAMY BADAVANE DAVANGERE - 577005. PAN: BEXPS 3420 N VS. APPELLANT DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INCOME - TAX CENTRAL CIRCLE 1(3) BANGALORE. RESPONDENT APPE LLANT BY : SHRI V.SRINIVASAN ADVOCATE. RESPONDENT BY : SHRI TSHERING ONGDA JCIT(DR). DATE OF HEARING : 27/09/2016 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 30 /09/2016 O R D E R PER I NTURI RAMA RAO AM : THESE ARE APPEALS FILED BY THE ASSESSEE AGAINST COM MON ORDER OF THE LEARNED COMMISSIONER OF INCOME - TAX(APPEALS) - 11 [CIT(A)] BANGALORE DATED 12/02/2016 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEARS 2009 - 10 TO 2011 - 12. 2. THE ASSESSEE RAISED THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS OF APPEAL: ITA NO S . 670 TO 672 /BANG/201 6 PAGE 2 ITA NO S . 670 TO 672 /BANG/201 6 PAGE 3 3. BRIEFLY FACTS OF THE CAS E ARE THAT THE SEARCH AND SEIZURE OPERATIONS U/S 132 OF THE INCOME - TAX ACT 1961 [HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS 'THE ACT' FOR SHORT] WERE CONDUCTED IN THE PREMISES OF THE ASSESSEE ON 25/10/2010 AS A RESULT OF WHICH CERTAIN INCRIMINATING MATERIAL WAS FOUND. C ONSEQUENTLY NOTICE U/S 153 A WAS ISSUED AND THE ASSESSMENT WAS COMPLETED U/S 143(3) R.W.S.153 A OF THE ACT ON 26/3/2013. 4. BEING AGGRIEVED APPEALS WERE PREFERRED BEFORE THE CIT(A) WHO VIDE IMPUGNED ORDER HAD DISMISSED THE APPEALS FOR NON - PROSECUT ION AS WELL AS FOR DELAY FOR CONDONATION IN FILING OF THE APPEAL. 5. BEING AGGRIEVED ASSESSEE IS BEFORE US IN THE PRESENT APPEALS. IT WAS ARGUED THAT THE ASSESSEE COULD NOT APPEAR BEFORE THE CIT(A) DUE TO THE FACT THAT HE WAS IN JUDICIAL CUSTODY ON A CR IMINAL PROCEEDINGS IMPLICATING HIM IN A CRIMINAL OFFENCE. IT WAS SUBMITTED THAT THIS IS SUFFICIENT REASONABLE CAUSE FOR NOT CAUSING APPEARANCE BEFORE THE CIT(A). IN THE LIGHT OF THIS IT IS SUBMITTED THAT THE MATTERS MAY BE RESTORED BACK TO THE FILE OF T HE CIT(A) FOR FRESH ADJUDICATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW. ITA NO S . 670 TO 672 /BANG/201 6 PAGE 4 THE LEARNED DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVE HAS NO OBJECTION FOR THIS PROPOSITION. 6. AFTER HEARING RIVAL SUBMISSIONS WE ARE OF THE CONSIDERED OPINION THAT THE CIT(A) HAD PASSED AN EX - PARTE ORDER FOR NON - PROSECUTION OF THE APPEAL. HOWEVER WE ARE SATISFIED THAT THE ASSESSEE WAS PREVENTED BY SUFFICIENT AND REASONABLE CAUSE FOR NOT CAUSING APPEARANCE BEFORE THE CIT(A) AS HE WAS IN JUDICIAL CUSTODY IN A CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST HIM. THEREFORE WE RE MAND THE MATTERS BACK TO THE FILE OF THE CIT(A) FOR FRESH DISPOSAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW. 7. IN THE RESULT THE APPEALS FILED BY THE ASSESSEE ARE PARTLY ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 30 TH SEPTEMBER 2016 S D/ - SD/ - (ASHA VIJAYARAGHAVAN) (INTURI RAMA RAO) JUDICIAL MEMBER ACCOUNTANT MEMBER PLACE : BANGALORE D A T E D : 30 /0 9 /2016 SRINIVASULU SPS COPY TO : 1 APPELLANT 2 RESPONDENT 3 CIT(A) - II BANGALORE 4 CIT 5 DR ITAT BANGALOR E. 6 GUARD FILE BY ORDER ASSISTANT REGISTRAR INCOME - TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL BANGALORE