The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal [“the Tribunal”] which was founded on 25-11-1941 has completed its 70 years of existence. On 25-1-2011, for the first time in the history of the Tribunal, Hon’ble Members, Members of the Bar and Departmental Representatives joined together at Mumbai, Chennai and Jaipur to celebrate the 71st Foundation Day of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal.
At Mumbai, on behalf of ITAT Bar Association, Dr. K. Shivaram, President of ITAT Bar Association, Mumbai, welcomed the gathering. He stated that on 25th January every year, the Bar, the Bench and Departmental Representatives from all 25 places where Benches of the Tribunal are functioning may meet together, interact and reaffirm our responsibilities for better administration of justice before the Tribunal. He requested the members of the Bar to forward constructive suggestions for better administration of justice before the Tribunal.
Mr. Dinesh Vyas, Past President of ITAT Bar Association, Mumbai, paid rich tribute to the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal on the completion of 70 years and made few constructive suggestions.
Mr. S. E. Dastur, Past President of ITAT Bar Association, Mumbai, stated that the Government must confirm appointment of President of the Tribunal in the interest of the institution. He also made very constructive suggestions for better administration of justice before the Tribunal by sharing his experiences.
Mr. Y. P. Trivedi, Past President of ITAT Bar Association, Mumbai, paid rich tribute to the Tribunal and shared his rich experiences. He fondly shared some of his memories concerning the Tribunal. He posed a question: “We have grown big but have we grown more beautiful?”
He opined that the path towards excellence is a continuous path and it is always necessary to overcome hurdles on the path. He then gave few suggestions:
1. The selection process needs to be more streamlined and scientific.
2. The unseemly rush for disposals should be avoided as it has lowered the quality of orders and justice.
3. Every judge should be fired by keen sense of justice and humility.
Mr. S. K. Pahwa, Commissioner of Income Tax (DR), explained the difficulties faced by the departmental representatives and requested the Hon’ble President to consider the same.
Hon’ble President Shri R. V. Easwar & Hon’ble Vice President Shri D. Manomhan assured the gathering that they would consider all the suggestions objectively and would try to implement the same.
Dr. K. Shivaram wished all the persons present Happy Republic Day.
It is heartening to note that more than 100 persons attended the function.
Under the able guidance of Mr. V. Ramachndran, Past President of AIFTP and Revenue Bar Association, Chennai, Foundation Day of the Tribunal was celebrated at Chennai in the presence of Hon’ble Member, Shri U. B. S. Bedi, other Members of the Tribunal, Departmental Representatives and Members of the Bar.
Under the able guidance of Mr. N. M. Ranka, Past President of AIFTP and Past President of Rajasthan Tax Consultants Association, Foundation Day of the Tribunal was celebrated at Rajasthan in the Tribunal premises in the presence of Shri N. L. Kalra, Hon’ble Member of the Tribunal, Shri O. P. Agarwal, President, Jaipur Tax Tribunal Bar Association, Members of the Bar and Smt. Irina Garg, CIT (DR).