Barjinder Singh Bhatti vs. ITO (ITAT Chandigarh)

DATE: July 15, 2015 (Date of pronouncement)
DATE: July 20, 2015 (Date of publication)
AY: 2010-11
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S. 55A: If the AO is not satisfied with the valuation made by the assessee's valuer, he must refer the issue to the DVO. He cannot reject the assessee's valuation without any basis

The assessee filed report of Registered Valuer in support of the market value as on 01.04.1981. The Assessing Officer was not having any evidence or material before him to contradict the report of the Registered Valuer. The Assessing Officer, if was not satisfied with the report of the Registered Valuer, could have made a reference to the Departmental Valuation Officer under section 55A of the Act for the purpose of computing income from capital gains. The Assessing Officer has thus, not acted in accordance with law and without any basis or evidence in his possession, did not accept report of the Registered Valuer. In the absence of any material on record, Assessing Officer should not have made his own calculation for the purpose of computing the capital gains. The orders of the authorities below, thus, cannot be sustained in law. We, accordingly, set aside the orders of authorities below and direct Assessing Officer to accept valuation reported by the assessee as per report of the Registered Valuer as on 01.04.1981 and accept the computation filed by the assessee.

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