Neha Chowdhary vs. ITO (ITAT Kolkata)

DATE: February 14, 2020 (Date of pronouncement)
DATE: March 14, 2020 (Date of publication)
AY: 2015-16
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S. 10(38) Bogus capital gains from penny stocks: As the detailed explanation of the assessee does not sufficiently discharge the onus on proving the source of impugned deposits, the impugned addition should be restricted to 30% only with a rider that same shall not be treated as a precedent in any other assessment year


Before Shri S.S, Godara, Judicial Member

ITA No.1790-1791/Kol/2019
Assessment Years:2014-15 &

Neha Chowdhary बनाम / Income Tax Officer
295, G.T.Road, Belur, V/s . Ward-46(3), 3,Govt.
Howrah-711202 Place (West), Kolkata-
[PAN No. AFLPA 8949 J] 700 071

अपीलाथ /Appellant .. यथ /Respondent
अपीलाथ क ओर से/By Appellant Shri Manish Tiwari, FCA यथ क ओर से/By Respondent Shri Jayanta Khanra, JCIT-SR-DR सुनवाई क तार ख/Date of Hearing 05-02-2020 घोषणा क तार ख/Date of Pronouncement 14-02-2020 आदे श /O R D E R These assessee’s two appeal(s) for assessment years 2014-15 & 2015-16, arise against the Commissioner of Income-tax (Appeals)-14, Kolkata’s separate orders; both dated 16.05.2019 passed in case Nos.CIT(A), Kolkata-14/10571/2016-17 and citia,Kolkat-14/10109/2017-18, respectively involving proceedings u/s. 143(3) of the Income Tax Act, 1961; in short ‘the Act’.

Heard both the parties. Case files perused.

2. The assessee’s identical sole grievance canvassed in these two appeals seeks to reverse both the lower authorities adding the alleged undisclosed income of ₹17,88,666/- and ₹16,53,772/- respectively. Learned counsel’s only grievance during the course of hearing is that the assessee is a salaried person who was sold her stock holding in shares in the relevant two previous years. Mr. Tiwari also sought to emphasise that assessee has filed all necessary evidence before the lower authorities as well. The Revenue’s case on the other hand is that the impugned sums have been ITA No.1790-91/Kol/2019 A.Ys.2014-15 & 2015-16 Neha Chowdhary Vs. ITO Wd-46(3), Kol. Page 2 rightly treated as unexplained income since assessee could not prove source thereof during the course of scrutiny as well as in the lower appellate proceedings.

3. I have heard rival contentions against and in support of both the parties. It emerges that from a perusal of these case files that although the assessee has produced her documentary evidence before the lower authorities about the impugned sums to be in the nature of income derived from the sales of shares, the fact remains that her detailed explanation tendered in the course of assessment till date does not sufficiently discharg her onus on proving the source of impugned deposits. I therefore deem it appropriate in these peculiar facts and circumstances that the impugned addition(s) of ₹17,88,666/- and ₹16,53,772/- deserved to be restricted to that @ 30% only with a rider that same shall not be treated as a precedent in any other assessment year. The assessee gets part relief accordingly. Necessary computation to follow as per law.

4. These assessee’s two appeals are partly allowed in above terms. A copy of the instant common order be placed in respective case files.

Order pronounced in open court on 14/02/2020 Sd/-

(S.S. Godara)
Judicial Member

One comment on “Neha Chowdhary vs. ITO (ITAT Kolkata)
  1. Pramod says:

    “same shall not be treated as a precedent”
    unless Ld. AR satisfies the ‘Queries’ raised by bench ??
    Another bench in Jabalpur please..

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