In this Income-tax Appeal filed under Section 260-A of the Income Tax Act, 1961, the appellant Income Tax Department, has challenged the order dated 24.05.2017 passed by Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Jodhpur Bench, Jodhpur in ITA No.336/Jodh/2016.
As per facts of the case, the respondent/assessee filed an application for approval under Section 12AA in Form No.10A of the Income Tax Act on 29.03.2016. The C.I.T. (E), Jodhpur, after examining the aims and objects of the Society vide its order dated 12.08.20 16 observed that the activities of the respondent- Society cannot be held as charitable as the benefit of the society is sought to be given to the limited group of persons i.e. members and their business establishments only. Thus, the respondent-assessee is not entitled to have its registration under Section 12AA of the Act.
Being aggrieved by and dissatisfied with aforesaid order dated 12.08.2016, the respondent/assessee preferred an appeal before the learned I.T.A.T., Jodhpur and the learned ITAT allowed ide its order dated 24.05.2017 while holding that out of the Society, few objects are meant for the benefit of the members and their establishment but at the same time the benefits also extends to other associations, women, children, old person education and social health and other objects in the interests of public at large. It was thus wrong and incorrect to say that benefits extended only to the members and their business establishment. The learned ITAT held that C.I.T. (E) was not justified in rejecting registration under Section 12AA of the Income Tax Act and issued direction to grant registration under Section 12AA and under Section 80G (5) (6) of the Act.
Mr. K.K. Bissa, learned counsel for the appellants vehemently argued that the order of ITAT is not in consonance with law because it has been passed without application of mind, therefore, a substantial question of law emerges for consideration as to whether on the facts and circumstances of the case the learned ITAT was right in law in allowing the application under Section 12AA for registration.
After hearing learned counsel for the appellant, we have perused the aims and objects which are incorporated in the order of C.I.T. (E) (Annex.1), which reads thus: –
We have also perused the finding given by learned C.I.T. (E) in three lines, in which the CIT (E) held that if the objects of the applicant are for the benefit of a limited group of person then it is not a charitable organization.
In our opinion, upon perusal of the objects incorporated in the order it cannot be said that any error has been committed by the learned I.T.A.T. in allowing the appeal filed by the respondent/assessee because it is evident from the objects that few objects are meant for the benefit of the members and their establishment but at the same time the benefits also extends to other associations, women, children, old persons, education and social health and other objects in the interests of public at large. Therefore, we find that no substantial question of law emerges for consideration by this Court.
Consequently, the instant appeal is hereby dismissed.