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Pallonji Mistry vs. CIT (Bombay High Court)

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Even non-owner can be “owner” under the Act

Though it is the settled position under the common law that the term “owner” means a person who has valid title legally conveyed to him after complying with the requirements of law such as Transfer of Property Act, Registration Act, etc, a different view has to be taken in the context of S. 22 of the Act having regard to the ground realities and the object of the Act, namely, “to tax the income”. Accordingly, the term “owner” means a person who is entitled to receive income from the property in his own right.” There is no requirement that there has to be a registered Deed of conveyance for a person to be treated as an owner for purposes of S. 22.