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Penalty u/s 271(1)(C) – concealment of income –

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Court :
Delhi High Court

Brief :
Penalty u/s 271(1)(C) – concealment of income – held that - there was a difference of opinion and there were three decisions in favour of the assessee which was ultimately decided against the assessee only after the return was filed by him and consequently, the assessee cannot be accused of concealment of particulars of income or of furnishing inaccurate particulars of income. - it cannot be said that the assessee, having placed reliance on the decision of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, had concealed any particulars or had furnished inaccurate particulars of income. There is no question of imposing a penalty in such a case

Citation :
COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX Versus M/S SICLAIR EXPORTS LTD

Appeal No. - 352/2010
Order / Judgment No. - -
Dated - April 21, 2010

1. This is an appeal filed by the Revenue against the order dated 14.05.2009 passed by the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal in respect of the Assessment Year 1995-96 and it arises from the assessee's appeal before the Tribunal, being ITA No.762/DEL/2008.  

2. The assessee had claimed deduction under Section 80HHC without reducing brought forward losses. In the quantum proceedings, the additions have been confirmed by the Tribunal. In separate proceedings under Section 271(1)(C) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, both the Assessing Officer and the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) imposed penalty on the assessee. However, the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, by virtue of the impugned order, deleted the said penalty on the ground that the assessee's claim of deduction in 80HHC without reducing brought forward losses was passed in view of the three decisions of High Courts. The Tribunal further held that the matter was ultimately decided against the assessee by the Tribunal following the decision of the Supreme Courts in the case of IPCA Laboratories Limited: 266 ITR 521 (SC). The Tribunal correctly took the view that when the assessee filed return, there was a difference of opinion and there were three decisions in favour of the assessee which was ultimately decided against the assessee only after the return was filed by him and consequently, the assessee cannot be accused of concealment of particulars of income or of furnishing inaccurate particulars of income.

3. The learned counsel for the Revenue submitted before us that all the three decisions referred to by the Tribunal did not apply to the facts of this case and there was only one of them, namely, CIT vs. Gogineni Tobacco Limited: 238 ITR 970 (AP) which was relevant to the facts and circumstances of the present case. Be that as it may, as long as there was a decision of a High Court and there was no contrary decision of the jurisdictional High Court or of the Supreme Court when the assessee filed the return, it cannot be said that the assessee, having placed reliance on the decision of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, had concealed any particulars or had furnished inaccurate particulars of income. There is no question of imposing a penalty in such a case. The Tribunal has correctly decided in favour of the assessee and deleted the penalty. No substantial question of law arises for our consideration.

The appeal is dismissed.   

BADAR DURREZ AHMED, J

V.K. JAIN, J

 

Rahul Gupta
on 13 October 2010
Published in Income Tax
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