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2023 (2) TMI 263 - AT - Income Tax
Validity of reopening of assessment - necessity to have a valid approval under section 151 - addition being a part of money received from M/s. Rahul Enterprises by invoking provisions of section 68 - HELD THAT:- Reasons states that M/s Rahul Enterprise is a proprietary concern ,from which the assessee has received money, has opened account no. 029005003254 on August, 2017 in Faizabad Branch, UP from ITO(Inv), Unit-1, Kolkata vide letter dated 4/8.3.2021. The instant assessment year before us is AY 2012-13 whereas the reasons state that account was opened in August, 2017 in Faizabad Branch, UP which is apparently wrong and contradictory and not practically possible.
We note that there is a contradiction in the bank account and also the branch of the bank where the account was reopened. In other words, Para 2 states that account was opened in Faizabad Branch, UP whereas in page 5 of the PB stated that it has been opened in ICICI Bank, Kolkata. We are also failed to understand as to how the account could be reopened in August, 2017 as stated in Para 2 page 4 while the case at hand relates AY 2012-13.
PCIT while according to approval for reopening the assessment has either not perused these reasons and merely given a mechanical approval by stating in Item no. 13 of the approval granted dated 30.03.2019 that “Yes, I am satisfied case may be reopened”. In our opinion such a casual approach on the part of the authorities cannot be appreciated and encouraged because by reopening the assessment, the settled assessment are being unsettled and authorities are supposed to exercise utmost care and caution while recording the reasons and also while granting the approval. On this count also, the reassessment proceeding as well as reassessment framed cannot be sustained. The case of the assessee find supports from the decision of Hon’bleCalcutta High Court in the case of Harish GangjiDedhiya [2022 (4) TMI 1391 - BOMBAY HIGH COURT]
Thus reassessment proceedings as well as reassessment framed us/ 147 are liable to be quashed. On the issue reopening assessment beyond the period of four years where assessment is framed u/s 143(3), we are mindful of the condition as laid down by the first proviso to Section 147 of the Act which are required to be satisfied before reopening the assessment. The proviso states that there has to be failure on the part of the assessee to truly and fully disclose the material/ information which leads to escapement of income. In the present case, the assessment has been framed by the AO u/s 143(3) read with Section 153A and the assessee has provided details/information in the return of income as well as in the assessment proceedings. Therefore to draw inference that the assessee has failed to disclose truly and fully any material facts relating to assessment would be wrong. - Decided in favour of assessee.