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High Court Judge in cash-at-door Scam

The murky case of alleged bribe of Rs. 15 lakhs to ITAT Member – turned – Punjab & Harayana High Court Judge – Justice Nirmal Yadav will now be probed by a three judge panel.

ITAT Member’s appointment as Judge challenged.

The Allahabad High Court dismissed the objection raised by the Additional Solicitor General of India Ashok Nigam on Monday. According to Nigam, the petitioner had no locus standi to challenge the appointment of Dr Satish Chandra as the High Court judge.

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Haryana Addl AG sends Rs 15 lakh to HC Judge ‘by mistake’

On Wednesday night, a packet containing Rs 15 lakh in cash was delivered to a Punjab and Haryana High Court judge. The person who sent the cash was the Haryana Additional Advocate General Sandeep Bansal.

Transfers & Appointments of Hon’ble Members (July 2008)

Income- Tax Appellate Tribunal Central Covt. Offices Building, 4th Floor. Maharshi Karve Marg, MUMBI 400 020. Dated the 11th July, 2008. O R D E R The following Members are hereby transferred in public interest in the same capacity to

Transfers of Hon’ble Vice Presidents and Hon’ble Members

The following Vice-Presidents of the Income tax Appellate Tribunal are hereby transferred in the same capacity in public interest, to the Zones of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal  as shown against their name(s) with effect from 10th July 2008

Processing of returns of assessment year 2007-2008

It has been decided that all CCsIT (CCA) should redeploy officers and staff to clear the backlog in high pendency charges keeping in view the overall work load including pendency of scrutiny cases. Concerned CCsIT may take recourse to outsourcing of data entry as per standing instructions of the Board / Directorate of Systems on the subject. For this purpose, necessary funds would be placed at the disposal of the CCIT (CCA) for outsourcing of data entry. CCsIT(CCA) should send proposals to the Directorate of Income-tax (Systems) for outsourcing of data entry.

Code of Ethics for Hon’ble Members of the ITAT

20.06.2008 Shri. Vimal Gandhi, President, The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal. C I R C U L A R I am enclosing a copy of Code of Ethics adopted by the judges of the Supreme Court and of the High Courts.

Guidelines to Hon’ble Members of ITAT for drafting orders.

ITAT has always been known for the high quality of its orders. Our orders have received praise form judge including sitting judge of the Supreme Court, who sit in appeal over them. However, of late I am concerned to note that some of the High court has criticized our lack of quality, detailed reasoning, non-recording of basic or vital facts and the arguments etc. I know that these are only exception to the general rules that we pass well-reasoned and speaking order. I am also aware of the pains and efforts taken by Members in general to pass quality orders and that wherever they slip, it is not intentional. It is however, unfortunate that adverse publicity is sought to be given only to the small percentage of orders, which suffer in quality. I am afraid that an Uninformed person may draw wrong conclusions form such publicity and may be misled to think that we are, in general not passing proper and speaking orders. That is a situation, which I want to avoid, if I can help it. I want to remove this impression whither it is carried by higher courts or by the public or the members of the Bar. I, therefore, thought it necessary to take measures to ensure that every single order we pass meets the requirements of a speaking order. One such erasure which was actively debated and decided in the conference of the Vice-Presidents recently held in Mumbai was to reduce the monthly disposal-target to 50, but with the understanding the a Members will pay utmost attention to the quality of the orders they pass and will not give room for any criticism from any quarters.

Nine High Court Benches to hear tax matters!

the following Hon’ble Division Benches will hear Original Side Tax Appeals for Admission and Interlocutory Applications therein and Notice of Motion taken out for condonation of delay. The lists of the said matters are displayed on the Notice Board of the Appeal Branch as well as on the Internet.

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