Veena Kothari, Kolkata v. DCIT, CIR-44, KOLKATA, Kolkata

ITA 677/KOL/2016 | 2007-2008
Pronouncement Date: 29-11-2017 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 67723514 RSA 2016
Assessee PAN AFYPK7105H
Bench Kolkata
Appeal Number ITA 677/KOL/2016
Duration Of Justice 1 year(s) 7 month(s) 15 day(s)
Appellant Veena Kothari, Kolkata
Respondent DCIT, CIR-44, KOLKATA, Kolkata
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 29-11-2017
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Tags No record found
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted C
Tribunal Order Date 29-11-2017
Assessment Year 2007-2008
Appeal Filed On 13-04-2016
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL D BENCH KOLKATA BEFORE SHRI S. S. VISWANETHRA RAVI JM &DR. A.L.SAINI AM ./ ITA NO.677/KOL/2016 ( / ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2007-08) VEENA KOTHARI 86 CANNING STREET KOLKATA 1. VS. DCIT CIR-44 KOLKATA 3 NO. GOVT. PLACE(W) KOLKATA 1. ./ ./PAN/GIR NO. : AFYPK 7105 H (APPELLANT) .. (RESPONDENT) APPELLANT BY : SHRI ANIL KOCHAR ADVOCATE RESPONDENT BY : SHRI DAVID Z. CHOWNGHTHU ADDL. CIT / DATE OF HEARING : 17/10/2017 /DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 29/11/2017 / O R D E R PER DR. ARJUN LAL SAINI AM: THE CAPTIONED APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE PERTAINING TO ASSESSMENT YEAR 2007-08 IS DIRECTED AGAINST THE ORDER PASSED BY THE LD COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS)-13 KOLKATA IN APPEAL NO.867/CIT(A)-13/KOL/CIR- 44/2014-15 DATED 22.01.2016 WHICH IN TURN ARISES OUT OF AN ASSESSMENT ORDER PASSED BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER U/S.271(1)(C) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE ACT) DATED 22.03.2013. 2.THE ASSESSEE HAS RAISED THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS OF APPEAL: 1. FOR THAT THE LD. CIT(A) ERRED IN DISMISSING THE APPEAL OF THE APPELLANT SUBMITTED AGAINST THE ORDER OF THE AO WHO HAD IMPOSED PENALTY OF RS.31 780/- U/S 271(1)(C) OF THE ACT. 2. FOR THAT THE LD. CIT(A) OUGHT TO HAVE APPRECIATED THE FACTUAL ASPECT OF THE CASE AND THE SUBMISSIONS MADE BY THE APPELLANT IN THE COURSE OF HEARING AND OUGHT NOT TO HAVE CONFIRMED THE LEVY OF PENALTY IMPOSED BY THE AO U/S 271(1)(C). 3. FOR THAT THE LD. CIT(A) OUGHT TO HAVE HELD THAT THE PROCEEDINGS INITIATED U/S U/S 271(1)(C) BY THE AO BY WAY OF NOTICE ISSUED BY HIM VEENA KOTHARI ITA NO.677/KOL/2016 ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2007-08 PAGE | 2 WERE WRONG AND AS SUCH THE LEVY OF PENALTY OF RS.31 780/- WAS TOTALLY WRONG AND UNCALLED FOR. 4. FOR THAT FURTHER GROUNDS OF APPEAL MAY KINDLY BE ALLOWED TO BE TAKEN AT THE TIME OF HEARING OF APPEAL. 3. AT THE OUTSET ITSELF THE LD. COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE DREW OUR ATTENTION TO THE NOTICE U/S. 274 OF THE ACT R.W.S. 271 OF THE ACT DATED 30.12.2009 SERVED ON THE ASSESSEE WHEREIN WE NOTE THAT THE AO HAS NOT STRUCK DOWN THE LIMB OF CHARGE/DEFAULT FOR WHICH THE PENALTY IS BEING INITIATED AGAINST THE ASSESSEE. WE FIND THAT THE NOTICE HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR HAVING CONCEALED THE PARTICULARS OF INCOME OR FURNISHED INACCURATE PARTICULARS OF SUCH INCOME. WE NOTE THAT IN A SIMILAR CASE THE HONBLE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA IN THE CASE OF CIT VS MANJUNATHA COTTON AND GINNING FACTORY REPORTED IN (2013) 359 ITR 565 (KAR) HAS CANCELLED THE PENALTY TAKING NOTE OF THE FACT THAT THE PENALTY NOTICE DID NOT SPELL OUT CLEARLY AS TO WHETHER THE ASSESSEE HAS CONCEALED THE PARTICULARS OF INCOME OR HAS FURNISHED INACCURATE PARTICULARS OF INCOME. WE ALSO FIND THAT HONBLE KARNATAKA HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF CIT VS. SSAS EMERALD MEADOWS REPORTED IN (2016) 73 TAXMANN.COM 241 (KAR) ENDORSED THE SAME VIEW IN MANJUNATHA COTTON AND GINNING FACTORY(SUPRA) AND HELD AS UNDER: 3. THE TRIBUNAL HAS ALLOWED THE APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE HOLDING THE NOTICE ISSUED BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER UNDER SECTION 274 READ WITH SECTION 271(1)(C) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (FOR SHORT THE ACT) TO BE BAD IN LAW AS IT DID NOT SPECIFY 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 OF INACCURATE PARTICULARS OF INCOME. THE TRIBUNAL WHILE ALLOWING THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE HAS RELIED ON THE DECISION OF THE DIVISION BENCH OF THIS COURT RENDERED IN THE CASE OF CIT VS. MANJUNATHA COTTON & GINNING FACTORY (2013) 359 ITR 565/218 TAXMAN 423/35 TAXMANN.COM 250(KAR). 4. IN OUR VIEW SINCE THE MATTER IS COVERED BY JUDGMENT OF THE DIVISION BENCH OF THIS COURT WE ARE OF THE OPINION NO SUBSTANTIAL QUESTION OF LAW ARISES IN THIS APPEAL FOR DETERMINATION BY THIS COURT. THE APPEAL IS ACCORDINGLY DISMISSED. WE ALSO FIND THAT THE AFORESAID ORDER OF THE HONBLE HIGH COURT WAS CHALLENGED BY THE DEPARTMENT BEFORE THE HONBLE SUPREME COURT BY PREFERRING AN SLP WHICH HAS BEEN DISMISSED WHICH FACT HAS BEEN REPORTED IN CIT VS. SSAS EMERALD MEADOWS (2016) 73 TAXMANN.COM 248 (SC). VEENA KOTHARI ITA NO.677/KOL/2016 ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2007-08 PAGE | 3 4. WE NOTE THAT SINCE THE PENALTY NOTICE ISSUED TO THE ASSESSEE DATED 30.12.2009 DID NOT SPELL OUT AS TO WHICH DEFAULT THE ASSESSEE HAS COMMITTED FOR WHICH PENALTY U/S. 271(1)(C) OF THE ACT HAS BEEN INITIATED THEREFORE RESPECTFULLY FOLLOWING THE HONBLE KARNATAKA HIGH COURTS ORDER IN MANJUNATHA COTTON & GINNING FACTORY (SUPRA) AND SSAS EMERALD MEADOWS (SUPRA) WE CANCEL THE PENALTY IMPOSED BY THE AO WHICH HAS BEEN ERRONEOUSLY CONFIRMED BY THE LD. CIT(A). THEREFORE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED. 5. IN THE RESULT APPEAL OF ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON THIS 29/11/2017. SD/- (S. S. VISWANETHRA RAVI) SD/- (DR. A.L.SAINI) /JUDICIAL MEMBER /ACCOUNTANT MEMBER /KOLKATA; DATED 29/11/2017 RS SPS / COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO : //TRUE COPY// BY ORDER SENIOR PRIVATE SECRETARY HEAD OF OFFICE/D.D.O I.T.A.T KOLKATA BENCHES KOLKATA . 1. / THE APPELLANT VEENA KOTHARI 2. / THE RESPONDENT-DCIT CIR-44 KOLKATA 3. ( ) / THE CIT(A) :KOLKATA. 4. / CIT 5. / DR ITAT KOLKATA 6. / GUARD FILE.