A. The existing provisions of section 260A(2) provide that an appeal against the order of Income-tax Appellate Tribunal can be filed before the High Court within a period of one hundred and twenty days from the date of the receipt of the order by the assessee or the Commissioner.Sub-section (7) of section 260A of the Income-tax Act provides that the provisions of Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908) shall, as far as may be, apply in the case of an appeal filed under this section before the High Court.

The Delhi High Court, while interpreting provisions of section 260A, has held that the High Court has the power to condone delay in filing of an appeal. However, Allahabad, Bombay, Kolkata, Guwahati and Chattisgarh High Courts have held otherwise.

It is, therefore, proposed to retrospectively insert sub-section (2A) in section 260A of the Income-tax Act to specifically provide that the High Court may admit an appeal after the expiry of the period of one hundred and twenty days, if it is satisfied that there was sufficient cause for not filing the appeal within such period.

Consequential amendments on similar lines are proposed to be made in section 27A of the Wealth-tax Act. These amendments are proposed to take effect retrospectively from 1st October, 1998.

B. Under section 256 of the Income-tax Act, the Income-tax Appellate Tribunal could to refer a case to the High Court. In case where the Income-tax Appellate Tribunal refused to refer a case to the High Court, the assessee or the Commissioner were allowed to file an appeal before the High Court against such refusal of the Tribunal within a period of six months from the date on which he was served with an order of refusal.

It is proposed to retrospectively insert sub-section (2A) in section 256 so as to empower the High Court to admit an application after the expiry of the period of six months, if it is satisfied that there was sufficient cause for not filing the same within such period.

Consequential amendments on similar lines are also proposed to be made in section 27 of the Wealth-tax Act.

These amendments are proposed to take effect retrospectively from 1st June, 1981.

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