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|DATE:||September 18, 2012 (Date of publication)|
|DIT vs. Citibank N.A. (Supreme Court)Click here to download the judgement (citibank_delay_inquiry_supreme_court.pdf)|
|Supreme Court flays department for "peculiar phenomenon" of delay in filing high stakes appeals|
For the reasons given in the Orders passed by this Court on 2nd July, 2012, and 13th August, 2012, on account of huge delay in filing the special leave petitions as also in filing the appeal before the High Court, we had asked the Department to file an affidavit explaining the delay in filing the above proceedings. The affidavit has been filed. It is reiteration of the same affidavit which has been filed earlier in the High Court and the Supreme Court. Further, the affidavit has not been filed by the concerned officer. The amount involved in this matter is approximately Rupees ninety crores. Since the affidavit in this Court pursuant to our Orders, as above, is not satisfactory, we want to know fromthe learned Additional Solicitor General as to whether the Department intends to hold a departmental inquiry for the above delay.
In large number of cases, we find a peculiar phenomenon. In cases, where huge revenue/demand from the Department is involved, invariably, there is inordinate delay in filing appeals before the High Court under Section 260A of the Income Tax Act, 1961, and in filing special leave petitions before this Court. We do not know the reason why such inordinate delays take place only in matters of stakes. This aspect needs to be looked into. This aspect has been brought to the notice of the learned Attorney General as well as the Ministry of Law in the past. This is one such case. Even in the past, this Court has raised a similar query. Moreover, once a matter is dismissed on the ground of delay, it has a ricocheting effect.
In the above circumstances, we direct the Registry to forward a copy of this Order to the Hon’ble Finance Minister and Hon’ble Law Minister for doing the needful at the departmental level so that such cases of revenue leakages do not recur.
|CIT vs. Atma Ram Properties Pvt. Ltd (Supreme Court) Click here to download the judgement (atma_ram_properties_low_tax_effect_circular.pdf)|
|Low Tax Effect Circular cannot apply "Ipso Facto"|
Liberty is given to the Department to move the High Court pointing out that the Circular dated 9th February, 2011, should not be applied ipso facto, particularly, when the matter has a cascading effect. There are cases under the Income Tax Act, 1961, in which a common principle may be involved in subsequent group of matters or large number of matters. In our view, in such cases if attention of the High Court is drawn, the High Court will not apply the Circular ipso facto (Surya Herbal reiterated).
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