Smt. Sangeeta Sawhney, C/o-M/s. RRA Taxindia, D-28, South Extension Part-1, New Delhi-110049 vs ACIT, Central Circle-7, New Delhi.
May, 19th 2020
The present stay application has been moved by the applicant seeking extension of stay against the recovery of outstanding demand of Rs.1,00,24,218/-
2. The stay application was heard through video conferencing. The Ld. AR for the applicant fairly pointed out that he was seeking extension of stay against recovery of outstanding demand of Rs.1,00,24,218/- At the time of hearing, through video conferencing, the Ld. AR have also pointed out that in view of the order passed by the Tribunal in the case of M/s Steria (India) Limited in Stay Application Nos. 225, 226 & 227/Del/2020, vide order dated 18.05.2020, in case, similar protection was given till the date of hearing then the interest of the assessee would be safeguarded. He also brought to our notice that the appeal is listed for hearing on 11.06.2020.
3. The Ld. DR for the Revenue fairly agreed that at this juncture, the Hon’ble Delhi High Court has already extended that no recovery proceedings to take place till 15.06.2020.
4. We have heard the rival contentions and perused the record, wherein, the applicant has moved the present application for seeking extension of stay against the recovery of outstanding demand of Rs.1,00,24,218/- We find that due to the extraordinary circumstances arising on account of COVID-19 Virus, the Hon’ble Delhi High Court has taken suo-moto cognizance and initially passed an order where any interim orders concerning stay, etc. would stand automatically extended till 25.03.2020 or until further orders in W.P. Urgent 2/2020, vide order dated 25.03.2020. Thereafter, the Hon’ble Delhi High Court vide its order dated 15.05.2020 in W.P.(C) 3037/2020 has further extended the period of interim order till 15.06.2020 or until further orders. The observations of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court vide order dated 25.03.2020 and 15.05.2020 are as under:-