|COURT:||Bombay High Court|
|CORAM:||A. K. Menon J., S. C. Dharmadhikari J|
|DATE:||April 7, 2015 (Date of pronouncement)|
|DATE:||April 13, 2015 (Date of publication)|
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|S. 147: Reopening (even of s. 143(1) assessment) on the ground that a specific aspect requires verification is not permissible|
(i) The assessee filed a return of income which could have been subjected to verification and scrutiny and in terms of the applicable law and sections in the Income Tax Act, 1961 itself. However, if this notice has been issued in the present case and on the footing that the income chargeable to tax has escaped assessment during the course of the assessment proceedings, then, we would not go by the stand taken by the Revenue and on affidavit. It is too late now to urge that there was no assessment and therefore no question arises of reopening thereof. In the light of the language of the notice itself, it would not be proper for us and to permit the Revenue to raise such a plea.
(ii) In the present case, the AO does not state that any income chargeable to tax has escaped assessment. All that the Revenue desires is verification of certain details and pertaining to the gift. That is not founded on the belief that any income which is chargeable to tax has escaped assessment and hence, such verification is necessary. That belief is not recorded and which alone would enable the Assessing Officer to proceed. Thus, the reasons must be founded on the satisfaction of the AO that income chargeable to tax has escaped assessment. Once that is not to be found, then, we are not in a position to sustain the impugned notice (Smt. Maniben Valji Shah (2006) 283 ITR 453 and Prashant S. Joshi and Anr. vs. Income Tax Officer (2010) 324 ITR 154 referred)