No confessional statement in the course of search, seizure and survey.

Confession of additional Income during the course of search & seizure and survey operation

F. No. 286/2/2003-IT (Inv)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE & COMPANY AFFAIRS
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES
Room No. 254/North Block, New Delhi, the 10th March, 2003

To
All Chief Commissioners of Income Tax, (Cadre Contra)
&
All Directors General of Income Tax Inv.

Sir

Subject : Confession of additional Income during the course of search & seizure and survey operation -regarding

Instances have come to the notice of the Board where assessees have claimed that they have been forced to confess the undisclosed income during the course of the search & seizure and survey operations. Such confessions, if not based upon credible evidence, are later retracted by the concerned assessees while filing returns of income. In these eircumstances, on confessions during the course of search & seizure and survey operations do not serve any useful purpose. It is, therefore, advised that there should be focus and concentration on collection of evidence of income which leads to information on what has not been disclosed or is not likely to be disclosed before the Income Tax Departments. Similarly, while recording statement during the course of search it seizures and survey operations no attempt should be made to obtain confession as to the undisclosed income. Any action on the contrary shall be viewed adversely.

Further, in respect of pending assessment proceedings also, assessing officers should rely upon the evidences/materials gathered during the course of search/survey operations or thereafter while framing the relevant assessment orders

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(S. R. Mahapatra]
Under Secretary (Inv. II)


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