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Case Name : New Holland Tractors (India) Private Limited Vs CIT (Delhi High Court)
Appeal Number : Income Tax Appeal Nos. 182/2002 & 255/2003
Date of Judgement/Order : 25/09/2014
Related Assessment Year : 1996-97
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New Holland Tractors (India) Private Limited Vs Commissioner Of Income Tax, Delhi-V (Delhi High Court)

In a significant ruling, the Delhi High Court in the case of New Holland Tractors (India) Private Limited Vs Commissioner Of Income Tax, Delhi-V, addressed the critical issue of penalties under Section 271(1)(c) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The court examined whether the assessee’s conduct was bona fide and whether plausible legal interpretations shielded them from penalties for concealment or furnishing inaccurate particulars of income.

1. Primary Issue: Bona Fide Conduct

The core issue before the court was to determine if the conduct of the assessee, New Holland Tractors (India) Private Limited, was bona fide. The court emphasized that terms such as “erroneous,” “fallacious,” and “untenable” used in the quantum appeal did not contradict the conclusion that the assessee’s conduct was bona fide. The court noted that these observations were made with the benefit of hindsight, considering the assessment order, appellate orders, and arguments from both the assessee’s and the Revenue’s counsel.

2. Legal Framework and Interpretation

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