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Case Name : Pr CIT Vs Bhagwan Industries Ltd (Bombay High Court)
Appeal Number : Income Tax Appeal No. 436 of 2015
Date of Judgement/Order : 18/07/2017
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Section 115-J does not empower the assessing officer to embark upon a fresh inquiry in regard to the entries made in the books of account of the company. The said sub-section, as a matter of fact, mandates the company to maintain its account in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Act which mandate, according to us, is bodily lifted from the Companies Act into the IT Act for the limited purpose of making the said account so maintained as a basis for computing the company’s income for levy of income-tax. Beyond that, we do not think that the said sub-section empowers the authority under the Income-tax Act to probe into the accounts accepted by the authorities under the Companies Act. If the statute mandates that income prepared in accordance with the Companies Act shall be deemed income for the purpose of Section 115-J of the Act, then it should be that income which is acceptable to the authorities under the Companies Act. There can not be two incomes one for the purpose of Companies Act and another for the purpose of income tax both maintained under the same Act. If the legislature intended the assessing officer to reassess the company’s income, then it would have stated in Section 115-J that “income of the company as accepted by the assessing officer”.

Assessing officer while computing the income under Section 115-J has only the power of examining whether the books of account are certifies by the authorities under the Companies Act as having been properly maintained in accordance with the Companies Act. The assessing officer thereafter has the limited power of making increases and reductions as provided for in the Explanation to the said section. To put it differently, the assessing officer does not have the jurisdiction to go behind the net profit shown in the profit and loss account except to the extent provided in the Explanation to Section 115-J.

Text of the Bombay High Court Judgment is as follows:-

1. The present Appeal pertains to Assessment year 2004­-05.  The learned counsel for the Appellant submits that Tribunal was not justified in not accepting the re­working of the book profits by the Assessing Officer as per the provisions of Section 115JB of the Income Tax Act. The Assessee had directly credited the profit of Rs.2,84,84,000/­ arising from sale of land to Capital Reserve Account in the balance sheet rather than routing it through Profit and Loss Account in the manner provided as per Part-II and Part­III of Schedule VI to the Companies Act, 1956.

2. The learned counsel for the Respondent supports the Order.

3. Tribunal while passing the impugned Order observed that while computing the book profit under Section 115JB of the Income­ Tax Act, the Assessing Officer added the sum of Rs.2,84,84,000/­ in the book profit. The Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) deleted the addition. The Tribunal referring to the Judgment of the Apex Court in a case of  Apollo Tyres Ltd. v. C.I.T. reported in 255 ITR 273 and Judgment of this Court in case of  Akshay Textiles Trading and Agencies Pvt. Ltd., reported in 304 ITR 401 has observed as under :

‚ÄúRespectfully following the decision of Hon’ble Bombay¬†High¬†Court¬†in¬†the¬†case of¬†Abdhut¬†Trading Co. Pvt.¬†Ltd.¬†(supra)¬†and¬†in¬†the¬†case¬†of¬†Akshay¬†Textiles Trading¬†and¬†Agencies Pvt.¬†Ltd.¬†(supra), we¬†do¬†not find any¬†infirmity¬†in¬†the¬†order¬†of¬†ld.¬†CIT(A)¬†for¬†deleting¬†the addition¬†under Section 115JB.‚ÄĚ

4. In light of above, the Tribunal has not committed any error.  The Appeal as such is dismissed. No costs.

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