Summary of Case Laws:-
S. 54 provides that if an assessee has LTCG on transfer of a residential house and he purchases or constructs a residential house within the specified period then the amount appropriated towards the new house shall be deducted from the LTCG.
The assessee sold a house and used the sale proceeds to buy commercial property. Subsequently (but within the specified period) he borrowed funds and purchased a new house. The AO denied deduction u/s 54 on the ground that the new house had been purchased out of borrowed funds and not out of the consideration received for the old house. On appeal, the Tribunal and High Court upheld the claim on the ground that s. 54 merely required the purchase of the new house to be within the specified period. The source of funds for the purchase was irrelevant.
EXTRACT OF THE MUMBAI HIGH COURT ORDER
2. Having seen the finding of fact recorded by the Tribunal in paragraph No.9, that the assessee had initially utilized the sale proceeds of sale of his residential flat for purchase of commercial properties and later on he purchased two residential flats within a period specified in sub section (2) of Section 54 of the Act. In this view of the matter, the view taken by the Tribunal cannot be faulted. The appeal is without any substance. Hence, the same stands dismissed in limine with no order as to costs.