Ashoka Education Foundation vs. CIT (ITAT Pune)

DATE: December 31, 2014 (Date of pronouncement)
DATE: January 7, 2015 (Date of publication)
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S. 12AA/80G(5): CIT, while granting registration or renewal, can only look at the nature of activities and is not concerned with violation of s. 11(5) or s. 13

While granting the exemption or renewal of exemption under section 80G(5) of the Act, the role of CIT is limited to look into the nature of activities being carried on by the institution or fund and the violation if any, of the provisions of section 13 of the Act and its various subsections are to be looked into by the Assessing Officer while deciding the issue of grant of deduction under sections 11 and 12 of the Act. The CIT while issuing the extension of exemption under section 80G(5) of the Act has a limited role to play i.e. to see whether the activities of the assessee trust were charitable in nature. Even if the ground about contravention of section 11(5) of the Act was validly taken by the CIT, that would have bearing only at the point of the assessment and would not be a material consideration in so far as the granting approval under section 80G(5) of the Act was concerned

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