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Case Name : Tvl. Sun Powers Vs The Commercial Tax Officer (Madras High Court)
Appeal Number : W.P.No.2325 of 2017 And W.M.P.No.2308 of 2017
Date of Judgement/Order : 01/02/2017
Related Assessment Year :
Courts : All High Courts (3460) Madras High Court (256)

Notwithstanding, the fact that objections were not filed to the pre-assessment notice, the respondent i.e., Assessing Officer could not have come to a conclusion that the transactions were bogus on the ground that they were not reported by the end dealers and therefore, he had no alternative, but, to confirm the proposal set out in the pre-assessment notice.

Assessing Officer, could have only come to a conclusion that the subject transactions were bogus, based on substantive material, and not that because objections were not filed by the petitioner, the assertions made in the pre-assessment notice would have to be deemed to be correct.

Relevant Extract of the Judgment

4. I must indicate that though the learned counsel for the petitioner conceded that a pre-assessment notice was issued to the petitioner, qua, which objections were not filed – it is however, the contention of the learned counsel that no material was supplied with the pre-assessment notice and that in any event, the ITC could not have been reversed, solely, on the ground that the end dealers had not reported the transactions effected with the petitioner.

4.1. In support of this submission, the learned counsel for the petitioner relies upon the following judgments rendered by this Court:

(i) Althaf Shoes (P) Ltd., Vs. Assistant Commissioner (CT), Valluvarkottam Assessment Circle, Chennai, (2012) 50 VST 179; (ii) Sri Vinayaga Agencies Vs. Assistant Commissioner (CT), Vadapalani-I Assessment Circle, Chennai and another (2013) 60 VST 283 (Mad); and (iii) Infinity Wholesale Ltd., Vs. Assistant Commissioner (CT), Koyambedu Assessment Circle, Chennai – 107 (2015) 82 VST 457.

5. Mr.Venkatesh, who appears for the respondent says, he cannot, but submit, that in view of the judgments rendered by this Court, the impugned order would have to be set aside and, perhaps, the assessment order, would have to be redone.

6. Having heard the learned counsels appearing for the parties and perused the record, I am inclined to agree with the learned counsel for the petitioner that, notwithstanding, the fact that objections were not filed to the pre-assessment notice, the respondent i.e., Assessing Officer could not have come to a conclusion that the transactions were bogus on the ground that they were not reported by the end dealers and therefore, he had no alternative, but, to confirm the proposal set out in the pre-assessment notice.

7. The respondent i.e., Assessing Officer, in my view, could have only come to a conclusion that the subject transactions were bogus, based on substantive material, and not that because objections were not filed by the petitioner, the assertions made in the pre-assessment notice would have to be deemed to be correct. Furthermore, if, material was available with respondent to come to the conclusion that the transaction were bogus, adequate opportunity had to be given to the petitioner to meet the charge. The impugned order shows that there is no discussion on this aspect of the matter. The respondent i.e., Assessing Officer has merely proceeded to confirm the proposal on the ground that no objections were filed by the petitioner i.e., assessee. This approach cannot be countenanced in law.

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