Monday, July 23, 2012

Fact that procedure envisaged by section 153C is somewhat cumbersome and tha

 Fact that procedure envisaged by section 153C is somewhat cumbersome and that person other than searched person is put to some inconvenience cannot be an argument to hold that entire proceedings are bad in law

• There can be some inconveniences in a case where income had already been disclosed by other person who has not been searched; however, there is no cause for any apprehension that income tax authorities will exploit situation to harass assessees where there is evidence adduced by them to show and establish that income reflected by valuable article or books of account or document seized during search has already been disclosed by them; even if they tend to act unreasonably or under misplaced enthusiasm, there are adequate safeguards which can be availed of by those persons

• If AO having jurisdiction over searched person reaches satisfaction that document belongs to a person other than searched person, it is not necessary for him to also reach a firm conclusion/ opinion that document shows undisclosed income belonging to such other person; that is a matter for enquiry, which is to be conducted in manner prescribed by section 153C

[2012] 20 taxmann.com 214 (Delhi)
HIGH COURT OF DELHI

SSP Aviation Ltd.

v.

Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax

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