ACIT, CC-IV, Kolkata, Kolkata v. Puspa Devi Somani, Kolkata

ITA 818/KOL/2011 | 2007-2008
Pronouncement Date: 04-07-2011 | Result: Dismissed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 81823514 RSA 2011
Assessee PAN AJWPS3190G
Bench Kolkata
Appeal Number ITA 818/KOL/2011
Duration Of Justice 1 month(s) 8 day(s)
Appellant ACIT, CC-IV, Kolkata, Kolkata
Respondent Puspa Devi Somani, Kolkata
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 04-07-2011
Appeal Filed By Department
Order Result Dismissed
Bench Allotted SMC
Tribunal Order Date 04-07-2011
Assessment Year 2007-2008
Appeal Filed On 27-05-2011
Judgment Text
.. IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL BEN CH C KOLKATA /BEFORE . .. . . .. . . .. . /SHRI C.D.RAO ACCOUNTANT MEMBER /ITA NO.818/KOL/2011 !'# $%/ ASSESSMENT YEAR : 2007-08 (() / APPELLANT ) - ' - ( -() /RESPONDENT) PUSPA DEVI SOMANI KOLKATA A.C.I.T. CENTRAL CIRCLE-4 KOLKATA - VERSUS -. (PAN : AJWPS 3190 G) () . / / FOR THE APPELLANT: SHRI N.DUTTA GUPTA -() . / / FOR THE RESPONDENT: SHRI B.C.JAIN 0 / ORDER THIS APPEAL IS FILED BY THE REVENUE AGAINST THE OR DER DATED 25.02.2011 OF THE CIT(A)-CENTRAL-I KOLKATA PERTAINING TO A.YR. 2007- 08. 2. THERE IS A DELAY OF 12 DAYS IN FILING OF THE APPEAL BY THE REVENUE FOR WHICH THE REVENUE HAS FILED A CONDONATION PETITION EXPLAINING THE REASONS FOR SUCH DELAY. AFTER CONSIDERING THE SUBMISSIONS BY THE REVENUE THE DELA Y IS CONDONED. 3. IN THIS APPEAL THE REVENUE HAS TAKEN THE FOL LOWING GROUNDS OF APPEAL :- 1. THE LD. CIT(A) CENTRAL-I KOLKATA HAS ERRED IN DELETING THE DISALLOWANCE OF RS.65 000/- MADE BY THE AO U/S 94(7) SINCE THE PROV ISION OF SECTION 94(7) IS CLEARLY APPLICABLE IN THIS CASE AND THE AFORESAID A MOUNT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DELETED. 2. THE APPELLANT CRAVES LEAVE TO ADD ALTER OR ABRO GATE ANY GROUND OF APPEAL AT THE TIME OF HEARING. 4. AT THE TIME OF HEARING THE LD. AR APPEARING ON BEHALF OF THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED THAT IN THIS CASE THE TAX EFFECT IS BELOW RS. 2 LAK HS. THEREFORE AS PER THE INSTRUCTION OF CBDT CIRCULAR THE REVENUE IS BARRED FROM FILING OF THE APPEAL BEFORE THIS TRIBUNAL. 5. THE LD. DR APPEARING ON BEHALF OF THE REVENUE D ID NOT RAISE ANY OBJECTION TO THE CONTENTION OF THE LD. AR OF THE ASSESSEE. 2 6. AFTER HEARING THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS AND ON CAREF UL PERUSAL OF THE ASSESSMENT ORDER AS WELL AS THE IMPUGNED ORDER IT IS OBSERVE D THAT THE TAX EFFECT IN THIS CASE IS BELOW RS.2 LAKHS. 6.1. ADMITTEDLY THE TAX PAYABLE IN RESPECT OF GROUN DS OF APPEAL BY THE DEPARTMENT IS LESS THAN RS.2 LAKHS AND AS PER REVISED INSTRUCT ION OF THE CBDT NO. 279 DATED 24 TH OCTOBER 2005 W.E.F. 31.10.2005 AND SINCE IN THE PR ESENT CASE THE ABOVE REVISED INSTRUCTION OF CBDT IS WELL APPLICABLE AND THEREFOR E IN OUR CONSIDERED OPINION THE REVENUE SHOULD HAVE REFRAINED FROM FILING SECOND AP PEAL BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL. IT WOULD BE APT TO QUOTE THE OBSERVATION OF THE DELHI HIGH C OURT IN THE CASE OF CIT VS.- ITAT 232 ITR 207 AT PAGE 216 AS BELOW :- THE CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES INSTRUCTIONS ARE BINDING ON THE DEPARTMENT. IF THE CASE AT HAND IS C OVERED BY A POLICY LAID DOWN BY THE CENTRAL BOARD OF DIREC T TAXES IN THAT CASE NO FAULT CAN BE FOUND WITH THE ORDER O F THE TRIBUNAL REFUSING TO STATE THE CASE AND THERE IS NO REASON WHY THE HIGH COURT SHOULD INTERFERE WITH SUCH DISCR ETION OF THE TRIBUNAL AS HAS BEEN EXERCISED CONSISTENTLY WIT H THE UNIFORM POLICY LAID DOWN BY THE CENTRAL BOARD OF DI RECT TAXES WHICH BINDS ALL THE SUBORDINATE AUTHORITIES O F THE INCOME TAX DEPARTMENT. THE HIGH COURT WOULD NOT ORDINARILY ENCOURAGE BREACH OF POLICY DECISIONS AND THE DEPARTMENTAL INSTRUCTIONS WHICH HAVE A PUBLIC PURPO SE BEHIND THEM. VALUABLE TIME OF HIGH COURTS AND HIGHL Y PLACED TRIBUNALS IS NOT TO BE WASTED ON PETTY MATTE RS. 6.2. FURTHER THE BOMBAY HIGH COURT HAS ALSO HELD I N THE CASE OF CIT VS.- CAMCO COLOUR LTD. (SUPRA) AND IN THE CASE OF PITHWA ENGIN EERING WORKS REPORTED IN 276 ITR 519 MUMBAI THAT THE CIRCULAR IS BINDING ON THE REVE NUE AND AN APPEAL OR REFERENCE CONTRARY TO THE INSTRUCTION ISSUED IN THE CIRCULAR WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED BY THE COURT. 6.3. I FIND THAT IT IS A SETTLED LAW THAT THE CIRCU LARS ISSUED BY CBDT ARE BINDING ON THE REVENUE. THIS POSITION WAS CONFIRMED BY THE APE X COURT IN THE CASE OF COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS VS INDIAN OIL CORPORATION L TD. REPORTED IN 267 ITR 272 WHEREIN THEIR LORDSHIPS EXAMINED THE EARLIER DECISI ONS OF THE APEX COURT WITH REGARD TO BINDING NATURE OF THE CIRCULAR AND LAID DOWN THA T WHEN A CIRCULAR ISSUED BY THE BOARD REMAINS IN OPERATION THEN THE REVENUE IS BOUN D BY IT AND CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO PLEAD THAT IT IS NOT VALID OR THAT IT IS CONTRARY T O THE TERMS OF THE STATUTE. THE APPEAL 3 UNDER CONSIDERATION HAS CERTAINLY BEEN FILED CONTRA RY TO THE CIRCULAR ISSUED BY THE CBDT INSTRUCTION NO.5 OF 2008 DATED 15.5.2008. 6.4. IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE I HOLD THAT THE APPEAL F ILED BY THE DEPARTMENT AGAINST THE IMPUGNED ORDER OF THE LD. CIT(A) IS CONTRARY TO TH E POLICY DECISION OF THE DEPARTMENT AND AS SUCH THE APPEAL FILED BY THE DEPA RTMENT IS DISMISSED IN LIMINE . 7. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL FILED BY THE REVENUE I S DISMISSED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 04.07.2011. SD/- . .. . . .. . C.D.RAO ACCOUNTANT MEMBER. ( (( ( ) )) ) DATE: 04.07.2011. R.G.(.P.S.) 0 . !!1 21$3- COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO: 1. PUSPA DEVI SOMANI 143/1/1 COTTON STREET KOLKATA- 700007. 2 THE ACIT CENTRAL CIRCLE-4 KOLKATA 3. THE CIT 4. THE CIT(A)-CENTRAL-I KOLKATA 5. DR KOLKATA BENCHES KOLKATA -1 !/ TRUE COPY 0'8/ BY ORDER DEPUTY /ASST. REGISTRAR ITAT KOLKATA BENCHES