In Eko India Financial Services (P) Limited vs Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax in W.P.(C) 5819/2021 dated August 03, 2021 the Hon’ble Delhi High Court directed the Revenue (Respondents) to refund the amount adjusted in excess of 20% of the disputed demand for the Assessment Year (AY).
Eko India Financial Services (P) Limited (Petitioner) is aggrieved as, the refund available to them in respect of the AY 2019 -20, was adjusted against the disputed demand AY 2017-18 in excess of 20%, which is contrary to the guidelines issued by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) vide Office Memorandum dated August 25, 2017.
In reply, the Respondents refers to para 4(B) of the Office Memorandum dated February 29, 2016 which states that pre-deposit of 20% is not a rule of the thumb and the Respondent has the discretion to direct a set off of a higher sum.
The Hon’ble Delhi High Court in W.P.(C) 5819/2021 dated August 03, 2021 held as under:
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