Law and Practice : Digital eBook
Research is most exciting & rewarding
Home Case Index All Cases FEMA FEMA + HC FEMA - 2023 (5) TMI HC This
Forgot password New User/ Regiser
Register to get Live Demo
2023 (5) TMI 610 - HC - FEMA
FCRA registration - Delay of opening of an “FCRA bank account” with the State Bank of India - Petitioner faced difficulties in uploading the FCRA annual return under Form FC-4 under Rule 17 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules, 2011 for F.Y 2019-2020, due to the fact that the bank account details were being sought as of 31st March, 2020 - HELD THAT:- Admittedly, in the present case, the FCRA account in the SBI was opened by the Petitioner only on 4th October, 2021, which was much beyond the deadline fixed initially i.e. 31st March 2021, and even after the expiry of the extended period till 30th June 2021 vide notification dated 18th May 2021.
Petitioner has now opened the said FCRA bank account in SBI Sansad Marg Branch, Parliament Street-New Delhi, and has deposited the penalty and also uploaded the annual return for the F.Y 2019-2020, the relief sought for in this petition has become infructuous.
Moreover, none of the cases which have been decided by this Court including WNS Cares Foundation v. Union of India [2023 (1) TMI 944 - DELHI HIGH COURT] and Shree Swaminaryan Mandir v. Union of India [2023 (4) TMI 974 - DELHI HIGH COURT] would be applicable in the facts of the present case.
In the facts of the present case, there was a delay in the opening of the said FCRA bank account and the delay has not been convincingly explained by the Petitioner. Further, the penalty amount has been deposited with Respondent No. 1-MHA, therefore the prayer for refund is not tenable and is accordingly rejected. FCRA FC-4 annual return for the F.Y 2019-2020 which has been uploaded, shall be taken as valid without any payment of further penalties by the Petitioner.