Bpip Infra Pvt. Ltd. and Ors. vs. ACIT and Ors (Rajasthan High Court)

Court: Rajasthan High Court
Head Notes:

S. 148 : Reassessment-Notice-Constitutional validity-The delegation authorized being only for the purpose of enlarging limitation under a valid law, such delegation could not be exercised to resurrect the provision of law that stood omitted from the statute book by virtue of its substitution made by the Finance Act, 2021, w.e.f. 01.04.2021-Reassessment notices issued under section 148 of the Act are quashed-It is left open to the assessing authority to initiate-re-assessment proceedings in accordance with the provisions of the Act, as amended by the Finance Act, 2021 after making due compliance as required under the law. [S. 147, 148A, 149, 151, 151A, 153, 292 Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Act, 2020, S. 3(1) of the Act 38 of 2020, Art. 226]

The petitioners have challenged the validity of the re-assessment notices issued to them, under Section 148 of the Act. Another challenge has been raised to the validity of the Explanation appended to clause (A)(a) of CBDT Notification No. 20 of 2021, dated 31.03.2021 and Explanation to clause (A)(b) of CBDT Notification No. 38 of 2021, dated 27.04.2021. Those notifications have been issued under the powers vested under Section 3(1) of the Act 38 of 2020 namely, the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Act, 2020 (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Enabling Act’). A delegated legislation can never overreach any Act of the principal legislature. Second, it would be over simplistic to ignore the provisions of, either the Enabling Act or the Finance Act, 2021 and to read and interpret the provisions of Finance Act, 2021 as inoperative in view of the fact circumstances arising from the spread of the pandemic COVID-19. Following the judgement in Ashok Kumar Agarwal & Ors. v. UOI (All.)(HC) .www.itatonline.org. the hourable High Court quashed the issue of notice under section 148 of the Act for initiating reassessment proceedings. Court also observed that, it is left open to the assessing authority to initiate-re-assessment proceedings in accordance with the provisions of the Act, as amended by the Finance Act, 2021 after making due compliance as required under the law. (S. B. Civil WP No. 13297 / 2021 and Ors. dt 25-11-2021)

(Coram: Honourble Justice Mr. Justice Inderjeet Singh)

Law:
Section(s): 148
Counsel(s): Mr. Sanjay Jhanwar Advocate, Mr. Siddharth Ranka Advocate and Ors. for Petitioners for Department
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