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2019 (6) TMI 616

st that any of the proceedings hit the assessee’s appeal before the Tribunal or remanded the proceedings before the CIT(A) whether in any manner delayed on accounts of the reasons attributable to the assessee. The Tribunal, was, therefore correct in allowing the interest to the assessee. We may notice that in the case of Ajanta Manufacturing Ltd Vs. Deputy CIT (Guj) 2016 (8) TMI 165 - GUJARAT HIGH COURT] had occasion to consider a similar issue. The assessee had made a belated claim during assessment of filing revised return. According to the Revenue, this would entitle the assessee for claim of interest to the extent of delay. Provisions of sub-rule (2) of Section 244A of the Act were sought to be pressed in service. No question of l .....

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entually raised such a claim before the Tribunal. Upon which, the Tribunal remanded the proceedings to the CIT(A). As such stage, the additional benefit claimed by the assessee was granted. This resulted in refund and the question of payment of interest on such refund. 5. As is well known, in case of refunds payable to the assessee, interest in terms of sub-section (1) of Section 244A would be payable. Sub-section (2) of Section 244A, however, provides that if the proceedings resulting in the refund are delayed for reasons attributable to the assessee whether wholly or in part, the period of delay so attributable, would be excluded from the period for which interest is payable under sub-section (1) of Section 244A of the Act. 6. The Tribuna .....

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essment year till the order giving effect to the appellate order was passed. We cannot uphold the view of the Commissioner. First and foremost requirement of sub-section (2) of Section 244A is that the proceedings resulting into refund should have been delayed for the reasons attributable to the assessee, whether wholly or in part. If such requirement is satisfied, to the extent of the period of delay so attributable to the assessee, he would be disentitled to claim interest on refund. The act of revising a return or raising a claim during the course of the assessment proceedings cannot be said to be the reasons for delaying the proceedings which can be attributable to the assessee. Mere fact that the claim came to be granted by the Appella .....

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he assessment, the assessee had made such a claim which was rejected by the Assessing Officer. The Commissioner allowed the claim and remanded the matter to the Assessing Officer. Pursuant to which, the assessee became entitled to refund. Revenue argued that the assessee would not be entitled to interest in view of Section 244A(2). In this context, the Court held in Para. 6 as under (page 578 of 340 ITR): 6. Sub-section (2) of section 244A provides that the assessee shall not be entitled to interest for the period of delay in issuing the proceedings leading to the refund that is attributable to the assessee. In other words, if the issue of the refund order is delayed for any period attributable to the assessee, then the assessee shall not b .....

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