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2018 (2) TMI 439

Head Note / Extract:
Reopening of assessment - assessment against deceased person - liability of Legal representatives - Held that:- As the original assessee viz. father of the petitioner passed away on 19.08.2012. The petitioner had informed the revenue authorities about the same in the year 2013. The authorities were very well aware that the petitioner is the heir and legal representative of the deceased assessee, despite which, more than four years after the death of the assessee, the impugned notice has been issued in his name, namely against the deceased assessee.

On a plain reading of section 159 of the Act, it is apparent that for the purpose of making an assessment, (including an assessment, reassessment or recomputation under section 147) of the income of the deceased and for the purpose of levying any sum in the hands of the legal representative in accordance with the provisions of subsection (1) any proceeding which could have been taken against the deceased if he had survived, may be taken against the legal representative. Therefore, in the light of the provisions of section 159 of the Act the proceedings are required to be initiated against a legal representative and not against the deceased. The impugned notice under section 148 of the Act is therefore, not in consonance with the provisions of section 159 of the Act.

Insofar as the provisions of section 292B of the Act are concerned, the same would not be applicable in the facts of the present case as the proviso thereto says that nothing contained in the section shall apply where the assessee has raised such objection before the completion of such assessment or reassessment. In the present case, apart from the petitioner is not the assessee, the petitioner has raised objection before completion of the reassessment and, therefore, the provisions of section 292BB would not be applicable in the facts of the present case. - Decided in favour of assessee

 


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