2023 (1) TMI 181 - HC - Income Tax
Reopening of assessment u/s 147 - sufficiency or inadequacy of reasons - suppression or withholding of information by the assessee at the time of framing of the assessment or during the assessment proceedings - Whether the notice dated 29.03.2018 issued under Section 148 of the Income Tax Act, 1961, for the assessment year 2011-12 is liable to be quashed or sustained? - HELD THAT:- There is no whisper in the impugned order as regards any failure on the part of petitioner to disclose fully and truly all material facts and as such it is not possible for this Court to infer any such failure on the part of the assessee from the reasons recorded. Petitioner had made adequate disclosures during assessment proceedings which is now sought to be reopened and particularly with reference to ground Nos.1 and 2 on which the respondent authority has proposed to reopen the assessment.
The first three grounds on which the Assessing Officer has proposed to reopen the assessment as could be discerned from the assessment order, was part of the scrutiny during the assessment and Assessing Officer having consciously taken a particular decision, the change of opinion cannot form the basis for reopening the assessment that too based on same set of facts. In fact, it would be apt and appropriate to note at this juncture that during the course of the assessment proceedings, assessee has submitted three communications with reference to the first three issues based on which the assessment is sought to be reopened by highlighting the facts as more specifically stated therein which has gone into the decision making process at the time of passing assessment orders or in other words, the Assessing Officer took note of these facts and has formed an opinion, which opinion is now sought to be substituted and made as a ground for reopening of the assessment which is impermissible as change of opinion cannot be the basis for reopening the assessment.
We are of the considered view that prayer sought for in the petition deserves to be granted by answering the point formulated hereinabove in favour of the assessee and against the Revenue.