Vide Order dated 24th July 2017, the Hon’ble President of the ITAT has directed that a Bench in Kolkata be transferred to Surat. The jurisdiction of the Surat Bench will be the Districts of Bharuch, Narmada, Navsari etc.
The Hon’ble President has taken the aforesaid decision pursuant to the representations made by the Tax Bar that there is growing pendency of matters in Surat and that the professionals and taxpayers find it difficult to travel to Ahmedabad for the hearing of their appeals.
As of 1st July 2017, the pendency of appeals in the Ahmedabad Bench of the ITAT stands at 12,065. Of this, approximately 4,000 appeals are expected to be transferred to the Surat Bench.
In contrast, the pendency in the Kolkata Benches of the Tribunal, which now has four Benches, stands at only 5,609 as of 1st July 2017.