Eminent Tax Counsel Appointed Judge Of High Court

We are pleased to report that Dr. Anita Sumanth, a leading and highly respected advocate, has been appointed Judge of the Madras High Court with effect from 5th October 2016.

Dr. Sumanth hails from a family of leading lawyers practicing income-tax law. Her father, Late Shri. V. Ramachandran, was a highly respected senior advocate. Her paternal uncle, Late Shri. V. Balasubramanium, retired as Vice President of the ITAT. After retirement, he served as Counsel to the Income-tax department in the Bombay High Court.

Justice Anita Sumanth being administered oath by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul

Justice Anita Sumanth being administered oath by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul

Dr. Sumanth has argued several hundreds of matters during her illustrious career as an advocate. Some of the leading matters are Kalapet Primary Agricultural Co-Op. Credit Society Ltd vs. ITO [2016] 241 Taxman 367 (Madras) (s. 220 recovery), CIT vs. Ramaniyam Homes (P.) Ltd. [2016] 384 ITR 530 (Madras) (S. 28(iv)), Macro Marvel Projects Ltd. vs. ACIT [2016] 239 Taxman 189 (Madras) (concept of accrual), CIT v. I. Ifthiqar Ashiq [2016] 239 Taxman 443 (Madras) (S. 54 deduction), Southern Sizing Mills v. Dy.CIT ([2015] 235 Taxman 254 (Madras) (disallowance of expenditure), Devi Karumariamman Educational Trust v. Dy.CIT [2015] 233 Taxman 420 (Madras) (binding effect of judgements), Ravi Appasamy v. ACIT [2016] 69 taxmann.com 305 (Madras) (set-up of business) etc.

Dr. Sumanth takes an active interest in professional development. She was Chairperson of the AIFTP (Southern Zone) and has participated in several lectures on topics of interest to professionals.

It is noteworthy that in the past a number of other eminent tax professionals have been elevated to the Bench. Some names that readily come to mind are that of Hon’ble Justice J. K. Ranka who is presently serving in the Rajasthan High Court and Hon’ble Justice Rajesh Bindal who is presently serving in the Punjab & Haryana High Court. Both learned judges were leading tax advocates and also former members of the AIFTP.

We wish Dr. Sumanth good luck in her new responsibility.


9 comments on “Eminent Tax Counsel Appointed Judge Of High Court
  1. vishvesh says:

    Great to hear this delighting news. Please accept my heartiest congratulations.

  2. SELVARAJ R says:

    Welcome to our Hon’ble Chairperson in Bench of madras High court on behalf of Tax lawyers Association, Tamilnadu

  3. Vijay Gupta says:

    Heartiest congrats to Dr. Anita Sumanth! Salute to her to sacrifice an otherwise bright career as a prominent and successful tax counsel and strengthening the cause of judiciary. She would add shine to judiciary.

  4. Sudhir Chintawar says:

    Congratulations on the appointment as High Court Judge!

  5. Shalabh Singh says:

    Hail Hon’ble Justice Sumantha At least now we will have an able competent and versed Judge of the eclectic matters of income Tax laws. ..as compared to the understanding in generics of this most exacting art and science of Tax practice.

    • waghela b.s. says:

      Congrates ! Country needs such experienced Judges to deliver justice both to the Department and the Assessees. Wishing her best of luck.

  6. Nem Singh says:

    Very most congratulations to Dr. Sumantha and warm welcome to the chair in the Bench of Madras HC.

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