|CORAM:||N. K. Billaiya (AM), Sushma Chowla (JM)|
|CATCH WORDS:||forex loss, Hedging loss|
|COUNSEL:||Dr. K. Shivram, Rahul R. Sarda|
|DATE:||July 31, 2015 (Date of pronouncement)|
|DATE:||September 9, 2015 (Date of publication)|
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|S. 29/37(1): Loss on account of forward contract entered into by the assessee to hedge against the loss arising on account of fluctuations in foreign exchange is an allowable deduction. Contrary view in Vinod Kumar Diamonds is not good law|
The assessee was exposed to the risk arising in fluctuation out of exchange rate and as a prudent business man it would like to hedge its risk. Accordingly, the assessee had booked the forward contracts and utilised the same during the year or in the succeeding years. The pattern of the assessee reflected that it entered into forward contracts during the normal course of business and utilised the same for business allowing them to run upto the date of contract. The assessee was engaged in the export of diamonds and the forwards contract was entered into in respect of foreign exchange to be received as a result of export and the same was done to avoid the risk of loss due to foreign exchange fluctuations. The claim has to allowed after taking note of the claim of forward contracts and the accounting policies, i.e. AS-11 (revised) and applying the ratio laid down by the Apex Court in the case of CIT vs. Woodward Governor India Pvt. Ltd. 294 ITR 451 (SC). The issue i.e. loss on account of forward contract entered into by the assessee to hedge against the loss arising on account of fluctuations in foreign exchange arose before the Tribunal in a series of cases and the claim has been allowed. The learned D.R. for the Revenue had placed reliance on M/s. Vinod Kumar Diamonds Pvt. Ltd ITA No. 506/Mum/2013 dated 03.05.2013. The said decision is contrary to the view taken in Badridas Gauridu P. Ltd. 261 ITR 256 (Bom). We find no merit in the said reliance.