Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Compilations of case law: General Topics: STATEMENTS RECORDED – USE IN ASSESSMENT & RETRACTION


Authorised Officer can record statement on oath on all matters pertaining to suppressed income – Explanation to Sec. 132 inserted w.e.f. 1.4.89 is clarificatory- Assessment on the basis of the voluntary statement was valid
V. Kunhambu & Sons Vs CIT (Ker) 219 ITR 235
Iswardin Mewalal Vs CIT (MP) 169 ITR 584
Greenview Restaurant Vs CIT (Gau) 263 ITR 169

Presumption u/s 132(4) is applicable to the assessment proceedings also
P.R. Metrani Vs CIT (SC) 287 ITR 209

Addition made on the basis of admission by assessee – justified.
Hira Singh and Co Vs CIT (HP) 230 ITR 791

Where the petitioner entered into a voluntary settlement with the Government and his liability to pay tax arose from such settlement, he cannot question the settlement – unless and until he can establish that his consent was improperly procured.
Dewan Bahadur Seth Gopal Das Mohta Vs The Union of India & Ors.(SC) 26 ITR 722

An admission is the best evidence that an opposing party can rely upon and though not conclusive, is decisive of the matter, unless successfully withdrawn or proved erroneous.
Narayan Bhagwantrao Gosavi Batajiwale Vs Gopal AIT 1960 SC 100
Pranav Construction Co. Vs ACIT (ITAT, Mum) 61 TTJ 145

Preliminary statement recorded before start of actual search in which questions put to assessee were general in nature and not related to any specific asset / document – Not a valid legal statement – cannot be relied upon. Second statement during search – valid – could not be ignored
Rishab Kumar Jain Vs ACIT (ITAT, Del) 63 TTJ 236

Customs Officials are not Police Officers. The confession through retracted, is an admission and binds the petitioner.
Surjeet Singh Chhabra v. Union of India AIR 1997 SC 2560

In statement u/s 132(4), assessee never indicated about receipt of agricultural income outside the books – Later on assessee cannot change stand.
Jaikisan R. Agarwal Vs ACIT (ITAT, Pune) 66 TTJ 704

In a case where party relied on self-serving recitals in documents it was for the party to establish the truth of these recitals. - The taxing authorities were entitled to look into the surrounding circumstances and find out the reality of such recitals.
CIT Vs Durga Prasad More (SC) 82 ITR 540

For retraction to be valid, threat or coercion has to be proved .
Manharlal Kasturchand Chokshi Vs ACIT (ITAT, Ahd) 61 ITD 55
Param Anand Builders Vs ITO (ITAT, Mum) 59 ITD 29
Works of Art (P) Ltd, Vs ACIT (ITAT, Jp) 65 ITD 40
Amritlal Bhagwandas Soni Vs DCIT (ITAT, Ahd) 59 TTJ 418
Hiralal Maganlal & Co. Vs DCIT (ITAT, Mum) 96 ITD 113

Addition on the basis of stock statement given to Bank – valid.
Coimbatore Spinning & Weaving Co. Ltd. Vs CIT (Mad) 95 ITR 375
CIT Vs Ashok Textiles (P) Ltd. (Ker) 141 ITR 785
Great Indian Textiles Vs DCIT (ITAT, Cochin) 58 TTJ 123
God Granites Vs ITO (ITAT, Bang) 65 ITD302
Tip Top Plastic Industries P. Ltd. Vs ITO (Mad) 214 ITR 778
Kaila Sweet Supplier Vs CIT (All) 100 Taxman 59
S. Murugappa Chettiar Vs CIT (Ker) 174 ITR 245
Ramanlal Kacharulal Tejmal Vs CIT (Bom) 146 ITR 368

Valuation done by qualified engineers for LIC and loan advanced by LIC on that basis – AO can rely on such valuation report.
G. Anirudhan Vs ACIT (ITAT,Cochin) 60 TTJ 49

When statement was made voluntary and was not alleged to have been obtained under threat or coercion, onus was on assessee to prove that said declaration was made under any misconception of facts – Since assessee had not taken any steps to rectify its declaration before authorities before whom such declaration was made, there was no valid reason for retraction of same after a gap of about two and a half months
Carpenters Classics (Exim) (P) Ltd. Vs DCIT ( ITAT, Bang ) 108 ITD 142

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