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Case Name : Commissioner of Income Tax Vs M/s. N.R. Portfolio Pvt. Ltd. (Delhi High Court)
Appeal Number : ITA Nos. 134/2012
Date of Judgement/Order : 21/12/2012
Related Assessment Year :
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This court is conscious of a view taken in some of the previous decisions that the assessee cannot be faulted if the share applicants do not respond to summons, and that the state or revenue authorities have the wherewithal to compel anyone to attend legal proceedings. However, that is merely one aspect. An assessee’s duty to establish that the amounts which the AO proposes to add back, under Section 68 are properly sourced, does not cease by merely furnishing the names, addresses and PAN particulars, or relying on entries in a Registrar of Companies website. One must remember that in all such cases, more often than not, the company is a private one, and share applicants are known to it, since they are issued on private placement, or even request basis. If the assessee has access to the share applicant’s PAN particulars, or bank account statement, surely its relationship is closer than arm’s length. Its request to such concerns to participate in income tax proceedings, would, viewed from a pragmatic perspective, be quite strong,  because the next possible step for the tax administrators could well be re-opening of such investor’s proceedings. That apart, the concept of “shifting onus” oes not mean that once certain facts are provided, the assesse’s duties are over. If on verification, or during proceedings, the AO cannot contact the share applicants, or that the information becomes unverifiable, or there are further doubts in the pursuit of such details, the onus shifts back to the assessee. At that stage, if it falters, the consequence may well be an addition under Section 68.

Having regard to the totality of facts and circumstances, particularly the remand report, which was not considered by the Commissioner (Appeals) and the ITAT in its proper perspective, this Court is of the opinion that the question of law requires to be answered in favour of the revenue, and against the assessee. The appeal is therefore, allowed, but without any order as to costs.

HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI

PRONOUNCED ON: 21.12.2012

ITA NOS. 134/2012

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