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The ITO, Ward-1(4), Surat V/S M/s. Navpad Textile Industries Ltd. 2nd Floor, Amar Shilp Apartment, Nanpura, Surat
June, 26th 2014
 IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL " B " BENCH, AHMEDABAD
(BEFORE SHRI G.C.GUPTA VICE PRESIDENT & SHRI ANIL CHATURVEDI, A.M.)


                             I.T. A. No. 983/AHD/2011
                           (Assessment Year: 2003-04)

       The ITO, Ward-1(4), Surat        V/S M/s. Navpad Textile
                                            Industries Ltd. 2nd Floor,
                                            Amar Shilp Apartment,
                                            Nanpura, Surat
       (Appellant)                           (Respondent)


                               PAN: AAACN 7695P


         Appellant by          : Shri P.L. Kureel, Sr. D.R
         Respondent by         : Shri Tushar Hemani

                                   ( )/ORDER

Date of hearing                     : 11-04-2014
Date of Pronouncement               : 18 -06-2014

PER SHRI ANIL CHATURVEDI,A.M.
  1.       This appeal is filed by the Revenue against the order of CIT(A)-I, Surat dated
           20.01.2011 for A.Y. 2003-04.


  2.       The facts as culled out from the material on record are as under.


  3.       Assessee is a company stated to be engaged in the business of texturising
           process in textiles. It filed its return of income on 30.11.2003 declaring total
           income of Rs Nil. In this case information was received by AO from the
           investigation Wing that during the year under consideration, Assessee had
           deposited huge sum of cash in the bank account maintained with Vitrag Co-
                                                     2         ITA No 983/AHD/2011
.                                                              A.Y. 2003-04
         op Bank Ltd and later during the investigation the Director of the Assessee
         had admitted that the source of initial cash deposits of Rs 69,37,812/- cannot
         be explained by him and offered the same for tax. Accordingly the case was
         reopened by issuing notice u/s 148 of the Act and thereafter assessment was
         framed u/s 143(3) r.w.s. 147 vide order dated 18.12.2009 and additions were
         made on account of low Gross profit (Rs 1,01,36,860/-), on account of
         unexplained investment (Rs 69,37,812/-), on account of income from
         unexplained cash credits (Rs 80,000/-) and disallowance 20% of expenses
         (Rs 3,15,595/-). After making the aforesaid additions the income was
         assessed at Rs Nil after set off of brought forward losses. On the aforesaid
         additions made, penalty proceedings were initiated and thereafter penalty of
         Rs 63,04,341 u/s 271(l)(c) was levied by the AO vide penalty order dated
         29.6.2010. Aggrieved by the order of AO, Assessee carried the matter before
         CIT(A). CIT(A) vide order dated 20.1.2011 granted substantial relief to the
         Assessee and therefore aggrieved by the order, Revenue is now in appeal
before us and has raised the following grounds:- 1. On the facts and circumstance of the case and in law, the Ld. CIT(A) has erred in deleting penalty levied on addition made on account of low G.P.(as the turnover of the assessee had increased by 6.36% to the immediate preceding year and G.P. was abnormally dropped from 8.50% to 1.91% ) inspite of the assessee's failure to produce books of accounts and any other documentary evidence during assessment and penalty proceedings. 2. On the facts and circumstance of the case and in law, the Ld. CIT(A) has erred in deleting penalty levied on addition of Rs.69,37,812/- made on account of unexplained investment though the assessee in his statement recorded u/s 131 of the IT. Act on oath had admitted that sum deposited in cash in Bank was made out of undisclosed income. 3. On the facts and in the circumstances of the case, the learned CIT (A) ought to have upheld the order of the Assessing Officer. 4. It is, therefore, prayed that the order of the CIT(A) may be set-side and that of Assessing Officer may be restored to the above extent. 4. Before us, Ld DR with respect to penalty on GP addition, submitted that even during the during the course of assessment proceedings and at the time of penalty proceedings the Assessee did not produce the books of accounts and other details and merely submitted that the computer hard disk had crashed and the hard copy of the books of accounts were destroyed by the termites. In the absence of books of accounts AO rejected the books results u/s 145(3) and worked out the GP after considering the average GP of earlier 3 ITA No 983/AHD/2011 . A.Y. 2003-04 years and after giving the credit of the GP shown by the Assessee made addition of Rs 1,01,36,860/-. He further submitted that the turnover of the Assessee abnormally increased by 6.36% as compared to the immediate preceeding year and the gross profit abnormally dropped from 8.50% to 1.91%. The Ld DR further submitted that against the addition made, Assessee did not prefer appeal and had thus accepted the findings of AO. He submitted that in the absence of books of accounts, the AO rightly made estimation of gross profits and the estimation was based on the assessees own history of gross profits and the addition was not an adhoc estimation. He further submitted that Ld CIT(A) had not appreciated the fact that Assessee had deliberately not produced the books of accounts during enquiry stage at Investigation wing, assessment proceedings and penalty proceedings and further it was not proved by Assessee before CIT(A) that the GP disclosed by the Assessee was actual and correct. With respect to addition of Rs 69,37,812/- made on account of unexplained investments, it was submitted that Assessee had deposited huge sum of cash in Vitrag Co-op Bank. In the statement of Shri Ketan Shah, Director of the Assessee, recorded u/s 131 by DDIT (Inv), it was stated that the cash deposits were out of undisclosed income. Assessee had failed to give the details of cash sales like name of the customers, details of quantity sold etc. Further the addition was not contested in appeal by the Assessee. The Ld DR thus submitted that in the present facts, the AO was fully justified in levying penalty and therefore his order be upheld. Ld DR also relied on the decision in the case of CIT vs S. Krishnaswamy & Sons (1996) 219 ITR 157(Mad) and other decisions in its support. 5. On the other hand Ld AR reiterated the submissions made before AO and CIT(A) and supported the order of CIT(A). He also placed reliance on the decision in the case of Navjivan Oil Mills Vs CIT (2001) 252 ITR 417 (Guj) and the decision in the case of ACIT vs Inducto Ispat Alloys Ltd (ITA No 3937/Ahd/2008). 4 ITA No 983/AHD/2011 . A.Y. 2003-04 6. We have heard the rival submissions and perused the material on record. In the present case penalty u/s 271(l)(c) was initially levied on 3 additions viz understatement of gross profit (Rs 1,0136,860/-), unexplained investments (Rs 69,37,812/-) and income from unexplained sources (Rs 80,000/-) but before us, the issue is with respect to penalty on gross profit and unexplained investments. With respect to addition on account of understatement of gross profit, in the absence of books of accounts and other records, A.O estimated the gross profit on the basis of past results of the Assessee and based on such estimation, addition was made and penalty was also levied. Thus it is seen that addition was made on estimate basis. We are of the view that in the absence of books of accounts, the Revenue was fully justified in making additions but the quantum addition is not sufficient for levying of penalty u/s. 271(1)(c) of the Act for the reason that it is well settled that the parameters of judging the justification for addition made in assessment case of Assessee is different from the penalty imposed on account of concealment of income. We also find that the co-ordinate Bench of Tribunal in the case of Inducto Ispat Alloys (supra) and relying on the decision in the case of Navjivan Oil Mills Ltd 252 ITR 417 held that when the addition was made on estimate basis, penalty u/s 271(l)(c) was not leviable. Respectfully following the aforesaid decision of the co-ordinate Bench of Tribunal, we direct the deletion on penalty on the aforesaid addition. With respect to the addition on account of unexplained investments (Rs 69,37,812/-), it is noted by the AO that Assessee had deposited the cash aggregating to Rs 69,37,812/- in the bank account and which was also admitted by the Director of the Assessee as undisclosed income. It is also a fact that on the aforesaid addition, Assessee had not preferred appeal. It is Assessee's submission that the aforesaid bank account was disclosed in the Balance Sheet. It is also the Assessee's submissions that Assessee was facing severe financial crunch and the loans from Karnataka Bank were outstanding due to which Karnataka Bank was not allowing to operate the account smoothly and therefore the account with Vitrag Co-op. Bank was opened. It is also the 5 ITA No 983/AHD/2011 . A.Y. 2003-04 submission of the Assessee that the Assessee is a BIFR company and because of huge losses the Assessee did not prefer against the addition because, there would not be any tax impact even after the addition are made and therefore it was submitted that it cannot be said that Assessee had concealed the facts to avoid the tax liability. We find there is no finding of the A.O that the bank account in which the cash sales were deposited were disclosed in the balance sheet. We therefore remit the issue to the file of A.O to verify the submissions of the Assessee and verify as to whether the bank account in which the cash sales are deposited was disclosed in Balance Sheet and thereafter decide the issue. In view of the aforesaid facts this ground of Revenue is partly allowed for statistical purposes. 7. In the result the appeal of the Revenue is partly allowed for statistical purposes. Order pronounced in Open Court on 18 - 06 - 2014. Sd/- Sd/- (G.C.GUPTA) (ANIL CHATURVEDI) VICE PRESIDENT ACCOUNTANT MEMBER Ahmedabad. TRUE COPY Rajesh Copy of the Order forwarded to:- 1. The Appellant. 2. The Respondent. 3. The CIT (Appeals) ­ 4. The CIT concerned. 5. The DR., ITAT, Ahmedabad. 6. Guard File. By ORDER Deputy/Asstt.Registrar ITAT,Ahmedabad
 
 
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