Ramakrishna Kanchetti , Nizamabad v. Income Tax Officer, Ward-3, Nizamabad

ITA 74/Hyd/2019 | 2015-2016
Pronouncement Date: 05-11-2019 | Result: Partly Allowed

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Appeal Details

RSA Number 7422514 RSA 2019
Assessee PAN AQHPK6427E
Bench Hyderabad
Appeal Number ITA 74/Hyd/2019
Duration Of Justice 9 month(s) 13 day(s)
Appellant Ramakrishna Kanchetti , Nizamabad
Respondent Income Tax Officer, Ward-3, Nizamabad
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 05-11-2019
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Partly Allowed
Bench Allotted DB-B
Tribunal Order Date 05-11-2019
Date Of Final Hearing 05-11-2019
Next Hearing Date 05-11-2019
Last Hearing Date 11-07-2019
First Hearing Date 10-05-2019
Assessment Year 2015-2016
Appeal Filed On 22-01-2019
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL HYDERABAD BENCH B - SMC HYDERABAD BEFORE SHRI A. MOHAN ALANKAMONY ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ITA NO.74/HYD/2019 ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2015 - 16 RAMAKRISHNA KANCHETTI NIZAMABAD. PAN: AQHPK 6427 E VS. INCOME TAX OFFICER WARD - 3 NIZAMABAD. (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT) ASSESSEE BY: SRI A. SRINIVAS AR REVENUE BY: SMT. KOMALI KRISHNA DR DATE OF HEARING: 05/11/2019 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT: 05/11/2019 ORDER THIS APPEAL IS FILED BY THE ASSESSEE AGAINST THE ORDER OF THE LD. CIT(A) - 5 HYDERABAD DATED 23/7/2018 IN APPEAL NO. 0255/2017 - 18/CIT(A) - 5 DATED 23/07/2018 PASSED U/S. 143(3) OF THE ACT FOR THE A.Y. 2015 - 16. 2. THE ASSESSEE HAS RAISED THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS IN HIS APPEAL: 1. THE ORDER OF TH E APPELLATE COMMISSIONER IS CONTRARY TO LAW FACTS & CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE. 2. THE APPELLATE COMMISSIONER OUGHT NOT TO HAVE DISMISSED THE APPEAL EX - PARTE. 3. THE APPELLATE COMMISSIONER OUGHT NOT TO HAVE CONFIRMED THE ADDITION U/S. 115BBE OF THE ACT MAD E BY THE A.O. AMOUNTING TO RS. 1 00 231/ - . 2 4. THE APPELLATE COMMISSIONER OUGHT NOT HAVE CONFIRMED THE ADDITION MADE BY THE A.O. AMOUNTING TO RS. 5 29 739/ - MADE BY THE A.O. BEING PAYMENTS OF VAT AND CST. 5. ANY OTHER GROUND OR GROUND WHICH THE APPELLANT MA Y URGE EITHER AT OR BEFORE THE DATE OF HEARING. 3. AT THE OUTSET LD. AR SUBMITTED BEFORE US THAT THERE IS A DELAY OF 108 DAYS IN FILING THE APPEAL BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL. IN THIS REGARD LD. AR BROUGHT MY ATTENTION TOWARDS THE AFFIDAVIT FILED BY THE ASSESSEE SEEKING CONDONATION OF DELAY WHEREIN THE REASONS FOR NOT FILING THE APPEAL WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME LIMIT WAS EXPLAIN ED. FOR REFERENCE THE RELEVANT PORTIONS FROM THE AFFIDAVIT IS EXTRACTED HEREIN BELOW: - 7. THE REASONS FOR DELAY OF 108 DAYS ARE AS UNDER: A) THE CASE WAS ENTRUSTED TO THE CHARTERED ACCOUNT AT HYDERABAD FOR FILING THE APPEAL. B) THE CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT WAS NOT WELL AND IN AND OUT OF HOSPITALS FOR A CONSIDERABLE TIME. C) SUBSEQUENTLY O N ENQUIRY WE HAD REALISED THAT THE APPEAL WAS NOT FILED. D) I THEN IMMEDIATELY ENTRUSTED THE CASE TO ANOTHER CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT WHO FILED THE APPEAL. 4. AFTER HE ARING THE SUBMISSIONS OF THE LD. AR AND ON PERUSAL OF THE AFFIDAVIT FILED BY THE ASSESSEE EXPLAINING THE REASONS FOR DELAY IN FILING THE APPEAL BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL I DO NOT FIND MUCH MERIT IN HIS SUBMISSIONS BECAUSE THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT FOLLOWED UP THE PR OGRESS OF HIS CASE. HOWEVER SINCE THE REASON FOR DELAY IN FILING THE APPEAL BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL IS NOT SOLELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE ASSESSEE IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE I HEREBY CONDONE THE DELAY IN THE FILING THE APPEAL BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL. 3 5. ON MERITS AT THE OUTSET THE LD. AR BRIEFLY NARRATED THE FACTS OF THE CASE AND SUBMITTED THAT THE LD. CIT (A) HAS PASSED EX - PARTE ORDER WITHOUT PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY TO THE ASSESSEE OF BEING HEARD. IT WAS THEREFORE PLEADED THAT THE MATTER MAY BE REMITTED BACK TO THE FILE OF THE LD CIT (A) IN ORDER TO PROVIDE ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY TO THE ASSESSEE TO PURSUE THE APPEAL . LD. DR ON THE OTHER HAND VEHEMENTLY OPPOSED TO THE SUBMISSIONS OF THE LD. AR AND ARGUED THAT SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES HAD BEEN PROVIDED TO THE ASSESSEE HOWEVER ON THE GIVEN DATES OF HEARING NEITHER THE ASSESSEE NOR HIS REPRESENTATIVE APPEARED BEFORE THE LD. CIT (A). IT WAS FURTHER SUBMITTED THAT THE LD. CIT (A) HAD NO OTHER OPTION BUT TO PASS EX - PARTE ORDER BASED ON THE MATERIALS AVAILABLE ON RECORD AND PARTLY ALLOWED THE APPEAL . HENCE IT WAS PLEADED THAT THE ORDER PASSED BY THE LD. CIT(A) IS IN ORDER AND APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE MAY BE DISMISSED. 6. I HAVE HEARD THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS AND CAREFULLY PERUSED THE MATERIALS ON RECORD. ON EXAMININ G THE FACTS OF THE CASE I FIND MERIT IN THE SUBMISSIONS OF THE LD. DR. THE LD. CIT (A) HAD POSTED THE CASE ON FOUR OCCASIONS IE. 18/04/2018 11/05/2018 05/06/2018 AND FINALLY ON 18/07/2018 . HOWEVER NONE APPEARED ON BEHALF OF THE ASSESSEE ON THE ABOVE - MENTIONED DATES OF HEARING. THEREFORE THE LD. CIT (A) WAS LEFT WITH NO OTHER OPTION EXCEPT TO ADJUDICATE THE APPEAL EX - PARTE. IN THIS SITUATION I DO NOT FIND MUCH STRENGTH IN THE ARGUMENTS ADVANCED 4 BY THE LD. AR. HOWEVER CONSIDERING THE PRAYER OF THE LD. AR IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE I HEREBY REMIT THE MATTER BACK TO THE FILE OF LD. CIT (A) IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE APPEAL AFRESH ON MERITS BY PROVIDING ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY TO THE ASSESSEE OF BEING HEARD. AT THE SAME BREATH I ALSO HEREBY CAUTION THE ASSESSEE TO PROMPTLY CO - OPERATE BEFORE THE LD. CIT (A) IN THE PROCEEDINGS FAILING WHICH THE LD. CIT (A) SHALL BE AT LIBERTY TO PASS APPROPRIATE ORDER IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW AND MERITS BASED ON THE MATERIALS ON THE RECORD. IT IS ORDERED ACCORDINGLY. 7. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES AS INDICATED HEREINABOVE. PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 05 TH NOVEMBER 2019. SD/ - ( A. MOHAN ALANKAMONY ) ACCOUNTANT MEMBER HYDERABAD DATED: 05 TH NOVEMBER 2019 OKK COPY TO: - 1) RAMAKRISHNA KANCHETTI 1 - 12 MIRZAPUR (V) BIRKUR NIZAMABAD - 503301. 2) INCOME TAX OFFICER WARD - 3 NIZAMABAD. 3) THE CIT(A) - 5 HYDERABAD 4) THE PR. CIT - 5 HYDERABAD 5) THE DR ITAT HYDERABAD 6) GUARD FILE