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2023 (5) TMI 878 - AT - Income Tax
Deduction u/s.80P - interest income earned from Cooperative banks and also Nationalised banks - HELD THAT:- Pune Bench in Rena Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd. [2022 (1) TMI 419 - ITAT PUNE] held that though co-operative banks, other than primary agricultural credit society or a primary co-operative agricultural and rural development bank, are not eligible for deduction pursuant to insertion of section 80P(4) w.e.f. 1.4.2007, but this provision does not dent the otherwise eligibility u/s 80P(2)(d) of a co-operative society on interest income on investments/deposits parked with a cooperative bank, which is a registered co-operative society as per section 2(19) of the Act, defining co-operative society to mean a co- operative society registered under the Co-operative Societies Act, 1912 or under any law for the time being in force.
The payer of interest is also a Co-operative society registered under the Cooperative Societies Act. Respectfully following the decision of the Division Bench, overturn the impugned order and direct to grant deduction u/s.80P(2)(d) of the Act on the amount of interest earned from various cooperative banks.
Allowability of deduction u/s.8P(2)(a)(i) on the interest income earned from the deposits kept with Nationalized banks - As find the Pune Benches in Sureshdada Jain Nagari Sahakari Patsanstha Maryadit [2019 (4) TMI 682 - ITAT PUNE] has decided the question of availability of deduction u/s 80P on interest income by noticing that the Pune Bench in an earlier case of Shri Laxmi Narayan Nagari Sahakari Pat Sanstha Maryadit [2015 (8) TMI 1085 - ITAT PUNE] has allowed similar deduction
. In the said case, the Tribunal discussed the contrary views expressed by Tumkur Merchants Souharda Credit Cooperative Ltd. [2015 (2) TMI 995 - KARNATAKA HIGH COURT] allowing deduction u/s. 80P on interest income and that of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in Mantola Cooperative Thrift Credit Society Ltd. [2014 (9) TMI 833 - DELHI HIGH COURT] not allowing deduction u/s.80P on interest income earned from banks. Both the Hon’ble High Courts took into consideration the ratio laid down in the case of Totgar’s Cooperative Sale Society Ltd. (supra). No direct judgment from the Hon’ble jurisdictional High Court on the point having been pointed out, the Tribunal in Shri Laxmi Narayan Nagari Sahakari Pat Sanstha Maryadit (supra) preferred to go with the view in favour of the assessee by case of Tumkur Merchants Souharda Credit Cooperative Ltd. (supra). The position continues to remain the same before this Tribunal also. Respectfully following the precedent, the impugned order is overturned and the interest income earned from the deposits kept with nationalised bank is also allowed as deduction u/s.80P(2)(a)(i) of the Act. Appeal is allowed.