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Case Name : ACIT Vs Him Urja Pvt. Ltd. (ITAT Delhi)
Appeal Number : ITA. No. 7843/Del./2017
Date of Judgement/Order : 03/11/2020
Related Assessment Year : 2013-14
Courts : All ITAT (7472) ITAT Delhi (1761)

ACIT Vs Him Urja Pvt. Ltd. (ITAT Delhi)

The assessee has also submitted before the Ld. CIT(A) that as there was no exempt income earned by assessee during the relevant previous year, no disallowance under section 14A could be made. The assessee relied upon Judgment of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in the case of Chemnivest Ltd., vs., CIT-IV 61 taxmann.com 118 (Del.).

After considering the rival submissions, we are of the view that the Departmental appeal has no merit. It is an undisputed fact that assessee has not received any dividend income during the year which fact is also mentioned by the A.O. in the assessment order. Therefore, the issue is covered in favour of the assessee by the Judgment of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in the case of Chemnivest Ltd., vs., CIT-IV (supra). Thus, Departmental appeal has no merit and the same is accordingly dismissed.

FULL TEXT OF THE ITAT JUDGEMENT

This appeal by Revenue has been directed against the Order of the Ld. CIT(A)-35, New Delhi, Dated 05.10.2017, for the A.Y. 2013-2014, challenging the Order of the Ld. CIT(A) in deleting the addition of Rs.3,05,66,905/-made by A.O. on account of disallowance made under section 14A of the I.T. Act, 1961 read with Rule 8D(2)(iii) of I.T. Rules, 1962.

2. We have heard the Learned Representative of both the parties through video conferencing and perused the material available on record.

3. Briefly the facts of the case are that the assessee company is engaged in identifying the location, designing, construction, commissioning, generation and distribution of Hydro-electric Power. The assessee filed return of income at loss of Rs.5,90,06,240/-. The A.O. noted that assessee company has made investment of Rs.38.65 crores in the unquoted shares of M/s. Melkhet Power Private Limited for earning of dividend income. However, the assessee has not received any dividend income during the year. The A.O, however, by applying Rule 8D of the I.T. Rules, 1962, made the disallowance of the impugned amount under section 14A of the I.T. Act, 1961.

3.1. The assessee challenged the addition before the Ld. CIT(A). The written submissions of the assessee on merit is reproduced in the appellate order. The assessee has also submitted before the Ld. CIT(A) that as there was no exempt income earned by assessee during the relevant previous year, no disallowance under section 14A could be made. The assessee relied upon Judgment of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in the case of Chemnivest Ltd., vs., CIT-IV 61 taxmann.com 118 (Del.). The Ld. CIT(A) following this decision of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court deleted the entire addition. His findings in para 4.4.2 is reproduced as under :

“4.4.2. In view of submissions of appellant and judicial pronouncement it is observed that the decision by the Hon’ble ITAT Delhi has been reversed by the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in the same case i.e. Chemnivest Ltd. vs. CIT-IV 61 Taxmann.com 118 (Delhi) vide order dated 02.09.2015 holding that “the the expression does not form part of the total incomein section 14A envisages that there should be an actual receipt of income, which is not includible in the total income, during the relevant previous year for the purpose of disallowing any expenditure incurred in relation to the said income. In other words, section 14A will not apply if no exempt income is received or receivable during the relevant previous year. [Para 23].” In the said judgment the Hon’ble Delhi High Court followed the case of CIT vs. Holcim India P. Ltd. 57 Taxmann.com 28 (2015) Delhi and distinguished the decision of Maxopp Investment Ltd. 347 ITR 272. Appellant has also relied upon various judgments in his favour on the same lines. Since, there is no claim of exempt income by the appellant during the year, the ratio laid down by Hon’ble Delhi High Court is squarely applicable in the case of appellant and accordingly no additions are called for. Hence, Ground nos. 1 to 4 are allowed.”

4. After considering the rival submissions, we are of the view that the Departmental appeal has no merit. It is an undisputed fact that assessee has not received any dividend income during the year which fact is also mentioned by the A.O. in the assessment order. Therefore, the issue is covered in favour of the assessee by the Judgment of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in the case of Chemnivest Ltd., vs., CIT-IV (supra). Thus, Departmental appeal has no merit and the same is accordingly dismissed.

5. In the result, appeal of the Department dismissed.

Order pronounced in the open Court.

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