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2019 (2) TMI 835 - AT - Income Tax
Addition u/s 68 - AO had made the additions by treating the ‘unsecured loans’ received by the assessee from 34 parties as ‘unexplained loans received by the assessee’ - intimation was received by the revenue from the DDIT(Inv) Mumbai to the effect that assessee was one of the beneficiaries of accommodation entries for loan from various concerns/ entities which were benami concerns, managed and controlled by Bhawarlal Jain Group
Held that:- The Investigating Wing of the department had examined all the loan creditors wherein all the creditors had appeared and confirmed the transactions of loans advanced to the assessee. The AO had primarily made the additions by believing and relying upon the admission of Bhawarlal Jain by ignoring the fact that nowhere in the statement of Bhawarlal Jain or any of his associates recorded u/s 132(4) of the Act had admitted that any of their concerns had ever given accommodation entries by way of unsecured loans to the assessee. From the documentary records, we also noticed that actually, the assessee had already discharged the onus caste upon him to prove the identity, creditworthiness and genuineness of transactions.
CIT(A) had discussed in detail that the documents submitted by the assessee and their co-relation with the onus, which stands discharged by the assessee. But on the contrary, the AO had not brought on record any evidence to controvert or rebut the claim of the assessee and even no findings were recorded by the AO to the effect that the evidences produced by the assessee were untrustworthy or lack credibility.
Although it was claimed by the AO that during the course of search at the residence of Shri Bhanwarlal Jam, a pen drive (Sony 4 GB) was seized and as stated in para-5.1 on page-8 of the impugned order. Also claimed that after decryption of the data stored in the said pen drive, a database containing details of loans advanced by all 70 benami concerns of Shri Bhanwarlal Jain and Shri Rajesh Bhanwarlal Jain from F.Y.2006-07 and onwards was prepared by the Investigation Wing, Mumbai. Whereas on the repeated request made by the assessee to furnish copies of print outs of date of transactions pertaining to the assessee and relevant to A.Ys.2012-13 and 2013-14. Apart from that the AO was also asked to furnish any other evidence in his possession in regard to the unsecured loans procured by the assessee from various entities of Shri Bhanwarlal Jain Group. But the AO did not supply the same.
Apart from that the AO had also failed to provide copy of "party-wise ledger account" of the assessee containing details of corresponding cash received against loans on various dates and commission charged by Bhanwarlal Jain thereon. Therefore in such circumstances, the AO had no valid basis for treating the ‘unsecured loans’ as ‘accommodation entries’. There is nothing on the record to show that the assessee admitted at any point of time to have procured accommodation entries of loans. - Decided in favour of assessee.