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2021 (4) TMI 1084 - AT - Income Tax
Revision u/s 263 by CIT - claim of assessee in respect of LTCG wherein no enquiry on the part of AO conducted - original assessment has scrutinised the assessment for AY 2014-15 since it was selected by the CASS especially for “Suspicious Long Term Capital Gain on Shares (inputs from the Investigation Wing)” - HELD THAT:- We note that pursuant to CASS, the AO had taken note of this issue i.e. Suspicious Long Term Capital Gain on Shares (inputs from the Investigation Wing) [ LTCG] and has called for the documents from the assessee to substantiate the genuineness of the transaction and pursuant to which the assessee had filed the documents which the AO in his assessment order has acknowledged to have verified from the share trader, which facts are evident from the perusal of the original scrutiny assessment order - So, the AO’s action on the issue of accepting the claim of assessee in respect of LTCG which the Ld Pr CIT would like to rake up by passing the impugned order has already undergone enquiry by the AO; meaning the AO’s action in the first round cannot be termed as a case of “no enquiry” on the issue of LTCG. Resultantly, the Ld. Pr. CIT cannot brand the action of AO to accept the claim of assessee in respect of LTCG as a case of no enquiry on the part of AO to term it as an erroneous order; and which finding could have facilitated him to usurp/interfere by exercising his revisional jurisdiction u/s. 263.
We should bear in mind that in case if he wanted to interfere in the present case (since AO had enquired) then he (Ld. Pr. CIT) himself ought to have conducted enquiry to bring out the fallacy as to show how the enquiry conducted by the AO was erroneous. And for that the Ld. Pr. CIT while conducting enquiry is supposed to confront the assessee during the revisional proceedings with the materials which he is going to use against it and after eliciting the reply of the assessee then only could have passed the impugned order directing the AO to make the addition on LTCG. Failure to do so vitiates the impugned order directing addition of LTCG
As revenue could not point out any difference in the law and facts in respect of the facts of this present case in hand as well as in the case of Ritin Lakhmani & Ors [2020 (11) TMI 768 - ITAT KOLKATA] then, we are bound by the judicial discipline to follow the decision of the coordinate bench of this Tribunal in the case of Ritin (supra) wherein hold that the order passed u/s 263 of the Act is bad in law.
Decided in favour of assessee.