Geofin Investment (P) Ltd vs. CIT (Delhi High Court)

DATE: (Date of pronouncement)
DATE: June 12, 2011 (Date of publication)

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Tribunal entitled to do “own research” & rely on non-cited cases

The assessee’s appeal on disallowance made on account of short term capital loss and long term capital loss was decided by the Tribunal by relying on a decision of the Mumbai Bench in Macintosh Finance Estates Ltd vs ACIT which had not been cited by either party to the appeal. The assessee filed a MA u/s 254(2) claiming that reliance on a non-cited judgement was an apparent mistake which was dismissed by the Tribunal. On a Writ Petition filed by the assessee, HELD dismissing the Petition:

Reliance and reference to reasons stated in another decision cannot be regarded as a mistake apparent from the record. It is not unusual or abnormal for Judges or adjudicators to refer and rely upon judgments/decisions after making their own research.

For a contrary view see Inventure Growth and Securities vs. ITAT 324 ITR 319 (Bom), Naresh K. Pahuja vs. ITO 224 CTR 284 (Bom) & the cases cited therein

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