|COURT:||Delhi High Court|
|CORAM:||Badar Durrez Ahmed J, Siddharth Mridul J|
|CATCH WORDS:||allegation, failure to disclose material facts, Reopening|
|DATE:||October 17, 2014 (Date of pronouncement)|
|DATE:||October 24, 2014 (Date of publication)|
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|S. 147: The reasons must specifically indicate as to which material fact was not disclosed by the petitioner in the course of its original assessment|
In the reasons supplied to the petitioner, there is no whisper, what to speak of any allegation, that the petitioner had failed to disclose fully and truly all material facts necessary for assessment and that because of this failure there has been an escapement of income chargeable to tax. Merely having a reason to believe that income had escaped assessment, is not sufficient to reopen assessments beyond the four year period indicated above. The escapement of income from assessment must also be occasioned by the failure on the part of the assessee to disclose material facts, fully and truly. This is a necessary condition for overcoming the bar set up by the proviso to section 147. If this condition is not satisfied, the bar would operate and no action under section 147 could be taken. We have already mentioned above that the reasons supplied to the petitioner does not contain any such allegation. Consequently, one of the conditions precedent for removing the bar against taking action after the said four year period remains unfulfilled.