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2023 (9) TMI 556 - KERALA HIGH COURT
Revision u/s 263 - revisional power of the first respondent, while an appeal is pending - principle of doctrine of merger - HELD THAT:- We are unable to accept the contention of the petitioner that the first respondent does not have the power to pass Ext P5 order because the appeal is pending consideration before the CIT(Appeals). Going by the law referred to above, the first respondent has the revisional power to interfere with assessment order as provided under Sec. 263 of the Act, till the disposal of the appeal. Furthermore, I do not find any prejudice being caused to the petitioner because, if at all the petitioner is aggrieved by the order that is to be passed by the AO in compliance with the direction in Ext P5 order, the petitioner can very well challenge the said order also in an appeal, notwithstanding the pendency of the appeal filed against Ext P1 order.
Resultantly, we dismiss the writ petition, reserving the right of the petitioner to challenge the order, if so advised, proposed to be passed by Assessing Officer pursuant to Ext P5 order, in accordance with law, notwithstanding the challenge against Ext P1 order.