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Case Name : CIT Vs Joshi Technologies International Inc (Gujarat High Court)
Appeal Number : R/TAX APPEAL No. 347 of 2024
Date of Judgement/Order : 15/04/2024
Related Assessment Year : 2006-07
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CIT Vs Joshi Technologies International Inc (Gujarat High Court)

The Gujarat High Court recently delivered a significant judgment in the case of CIT Vs Joshi Technologies International Inc, addressing the issue of additional depreciation on oil wells under Section 32(1)(iia) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The court dismissed the Revenue’s appeal, setting a precedent for the classification of oil wells as ‘Plant & Machinery’ eligible for additional depreciation.

 The case revolved around whether oil wells could be classified as ‘Plant & Machinery’ under Section 32(1)(iia) of the Income Tax Act, which allows for additional depreciation. The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) had earlier ruled in favor of the assessee, Joshi Technologies International Inc, allowing the additional depreciation. The Revenue appealed against this decision, bringing the matter to the Gujarat High Court.

The Revenue, represented by Mr. Varun K. Patel, argued that the ITAT had erred in its judgment by treating oil wells as ‘Plant & Machinery’ for the purpose of additional depreciation. They contended that such a classification was not intended under the Income Tax Act and cited previous instances where different interpretations were applied. On the other hand, Joshi Technologies argued that the classification of oil wells as ‘Plant & Machinery’ was valid and supported by previous judgments, including the notable Niko Resources case. They emphasized that oil wells fulfill the criteria of ‘Plant’ due to their durability and integral role in the business operations of extracting mineral oil.

The Gujarat High Court referred to the Niko Resources Vs. Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax case, where it was established that the term ‘Plant’ is broad in its scope and includes assets that are durable and essential to the business operations. The court reiterated that for an asset to qualify as ‘Plant’, it must function as a tool of the trade for the business. In Niko Resources, the court had held that mineral oil wells are considered ‘Plant’ under Section 32 of the Income Tax Act. This precedent was crucial in the court’s decision to dismiss the Revenue’s appeal in the current case. The court observed that oil wells indeed qualify as ‘Plant & Machinery’ and are thus eligible for additional depreciation.

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