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2016 (8) TMI 156 - HC - Income Tax
Approval under Section 10(23C)(vi) - condone the delay in filing an application - Held that:- After receipt of the reply and written submission and after affording an opportunity of personal hearing, the respondent pointed out that there is no power for condoning the delay in filing the application in Form No.56D and with regard to alternative prayer, the same was also rejected stating that the assessment year is defined under Section 2(9) to mean the period of 12 months commencing on the 1st April of every year and therefore, the application cannot be treated as application for the assessment year 2013-2014. Ultimately, in paragraph 4.4 of the impugned order, the application was rejected as out of time. However, without stopping there, the respondent thereafter, proceeded to analyze the objective of the Society, which, in my view, was an exercise not called for. Having rejected the application on the ground of limitation, the question of examining the merits of the matter would not arise and it is a superseded exercise.
However, considering the legal position that there is no power to condone the delay in filing an application under Section 10(23C) of the Act, this Court is not inclined to exercise its extraordinary jurisdiction to condone the delay. However, this Court is inclined to give appropriate direction to the respondent to consider the petitioner's application as an application for the subsequent assessment year, namely, 2013-2014 in accordance with law. Such direction is issued considering the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case and that the petitioner could not have made an application for the subsequent assessment year 2013-2014, since their application for assessment year 2012-2013 was still pending consideration and the impugned order came to be passed only on 13.11.2013. The respondent is at liberty to consider the amended objectives of the petitioner Trust.
Accordingly, the writ petition is partly allowed and the finding rendered by the respondent that the petitioner's application cannot be considered as the same is time barred is affirmed and the finding with regard to objectives of the Society by respondent holding that the Society cannot be said to be solely for education purpose is set aside.