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Case Name : Fox Mandal & Co. Vs ACIT (ITAT Delhi)
Appeal Number : ITA No. 3304/DEL/2019
Date of Judgement/Order : 25/11/2020
Related Assessment Year : 2011-12

Fox Mandal & Co. Vs ACIT (ITAT Delhi)

It is an admitted fact that despite number of opportunities granted by the Ld. CIT(A), there was no compliance from the side of the assessee for which the Ld. CIT(A) was constrained to decide the appeal exparte and thereafter sustained the penalty levied by the AO u/s. 271(1)(c) of the Act. However, considering the totality of the facts and circumstances of the case and in the interest of justice, we deem it proper to restore the issue to the file of the Ld. CIT(A) with the directions to grant one final opportunity to the assesee to substantiate its case and decide the issue as per fact and law. The assessee is also hereby directed to appear before the Ld. CIT(A) and substantiate its case, failing which, the Ld. CIT(A) is at liberty to pass appropriate order, as per law. We hold and direct accordingly. The grounds raised by the assessee are accordingly allowed for statistical purposes.

ITAT remands back the issue of Section 271(1)(c) Penalty to AO

FULL TEXT OF THE ITAT JUDGEMENT

This appeal filed by the assessee is directed against the exparte order dated 13.02.2019 of the Ld. CIT(A)-20, New Delhi relating to assessment year 2011-12. The assessee in the grounds of appeal has challenged the order of the Ld. CIT(A) in sustaining the penalty of Rs. 22,71,540/- levied by the AO u/s. 271(1)(c) of the I.T. Act, 1961.

2. The facts of the case in brief are that the assessee is a Law Firm and derived income from business or profession. It filed its return of income on 30.9.2011 declaring total income of Rs. 1,43,28,720/- which was revised on 31.3.2012 at an income of Rs. 1,85,81,220/-. The AO completed the assessment u/s. 143(3) of the Act on 22.3.2014 determining the total income of Rs. 2,86,19,320/-, wherein apart from other additions, he made the following additions/disallowances:-

Particular Amount
Bank charges 113399.37
Interest on (C/Card) 931587.70
Interest on Loan (Business) 1382417.82
Interest on Loan (Car) 1111736.40
Interest on Loan (Property) 2583087.00
Interest on O/D (HSBC) 637641.05
Interest on Service Tax 1625.00
Processing charges for Loan 389759.00
Grand Total 7351253.34

3. Subsequently, the AO initiated penalty proceedings u/s. 271(1)(c) of the Act and levied penalty of Rs. 22,71,537/-. Since the assessee did not appear before the Ld. CIT(A) despite the issuance of statutory notices, Ld. CIT(A) vide exparte her order dated 13.02.2019, sustained the penalty levied by the AO u/s. 271(1)(c) of the Act. Aggrieved with such order of the Ld. CIT(A) the assessee is in appeal before the Tribunal.

4. Counsel for the assessee submitted that sufficient opportunity was not granted by the Ld. CIT(A) for hearing of the case and therefore in the interest of justice, the assessee should be given one final opportunity to substantiate its case.

5. DR on the other hand opposed the arguments advanced by the assessee’s counsel and submitted that despite number of opportunities granted by the Ld. CIT(A), the assessee did not appear before her for which Ld. CIT(A) sustained the penalty so levied by the AO.

6. We have heard the rival arguments made by both sides and perused the record. It is an admitted fact that despite number of opportunities granted by the Ld. CIT(A), there was no compliance from the side of the assessee for which the Ld. CIT(A) was constrained to decide the appeal exparte and thereafter sustained the penalty levied by the AO u/s. 271(1)(c) of the Act. However, considering the totality of the facts and circumstances of the case and in the interest of justice, we deem it proper to restore the issue to the file of the Ld. CIT(A) with the directions to grant one final opportunity to the assesee to substantiate its case and decide the issue as per fact and law. The assessee is also hereby directed to appear before the Ld. CIT(A) and substantiate its case, failing which, the Ld. CIT(A) is at liberty to pass appropriate order, as per law. We hold and direct accordingly. The grounds raised by the assessee are accordingly allowed for statistical purposes.

7. In the result, the Assessee’s Appeal is allowed for statistical purposes.

Order pronounced in the Open Court on 25.11.2020.

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