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2021 (11) TMI 772 - AT - Income Tax
Validity of notice u/s 143(2) - Jurisdiction of ACIT to issue notice - Proof of ay valid transfer by the competent authority from Income Tax Officer to ACIT - HELD THAT:- Jurisdiction to transfer case from one Assessing Officer to other Officer lies with the Officers as mentioned in section 127(1) who are of the rank of Commissioner or above. No document has been produced on the file by the Department to show that the case was transferred by the competent authority from Income Tax Officer to ACIT. The notice u/s 143(2) has been issued by ACIT which was beyond his jurisdiction and the same is therefore, void ab initio.
Under the circumstances, the assessment framed by ACIT, is bad in law as he did not have any pecuniary jurisdiction to frame the assessment. The issue relating to the pecuniary jurisdiction also came into consideration before the Coordinate Bench of the Tribunal [2021 (2) TMI 181 - ITAT KOLKATA], wherein the Tribunal further relying upon various other decisions of the Coordinate Benches of the Tribunal has decided the issue in favour of the assessee and held that the assessment framed by Assessing Officer who was not having pecuniary jurisdiction to frame such assessment was bad in law. - Decided in favour of assessee.
assessment order passed u/s 143(3) of the Act by the ACIT being without jurisdiction is bad in law and the same is accordingly set aside. - Decided in favour of assessee.