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Shri Rajeev R. Chitrabhanu E-1, Queen's View 28/30, Walkeshwar Road Mumbai 40006 Vs. D C I T 4 4(3) ayakar Bhavan, M.K. Road Mumbai 400020
June, 17th 2015
               IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL
                          "D" Bench, Mumbai

                Before Shri D. Manmohan, Vice President
               and Shri Sanjay Arora, Accountant Member

                          ITA No. 993/Mum/2013
                         (Assessment Year: 2009-10)

      Shri Rajeev R. Chitrabhanu       D C I T 4 4(3)
      E-1, Queen's View                Àayakar Bhavan, M.K. Road
                                   Vs.
      28/30, Walkeshwar Road           Mumbai 400020
      Mumbai 40006
                            PAN - AADPC3503F
               Appellant                        Respondent

                   Appellant by:     None
                   Respondent by:    Shri Love Kumar
                   Date of Hearing:       15.06.2015
                   Date of Pronouncement: 15.06.2015

                                 ORDER

Per D. Manmohan, V.P.

     This appeal by the assessee is directed against the order passed by
CIT(A)-8, Mumbai and it pertains to A.Y. 2009-10.

2.    Though notice was sent to the assessee by RPAD, none appeared on
behalf of the assessee. We therefore proceed to dispose of the appeal exparte,
qua assessee. We have heard the learned D.R. and carefully perused the record.

3.    Assessee is a salaried employee of J.M. Financial Services Ltd. He was
also deriving rental income, capital gains, interest income and professional
fees. For the year under consideration assessee declared total income of
`5,80,11,397/-. The case having been selected for scrutiny the AO called for
records and noticed that assessee claimed a deduction of `15,00,000/-
under section 80GGA of the Act referable to the donation made to
Champalal Gajaraj Mehta Trust. Assessee obtained the necessary certificate
concerning claim under section 35CCA of the Act, supposed to be issued by
the Commissioner of Income Tax, Tamil Nadu-III, Madras-34.




4.    The AO has gone through certificate dated 26.06.1989 and noticed
that it did not contain certificate with regard to the date of commencement
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                                                       Shri Rajeev R. Chitrabhanu

of the trust, i.e. whether it was prior to 1st March, 1983 or not. It was also
noticed that the certificate has been signed by the Commissioner of Income
Tax and the Secretary to the Government of Tamil Nadu is not the signatory
on the certificate. The third and most important thing is that the certificate
is issued on 26.06.1989 and its validity is only upto 31st March, 2009. When
the above mentioned defects were pointed out the assessee submitted that
he was a bonafide donor and apparently gone by the document issued by
the authority and hence he is eligible for deduction under section 80GGA of
the Act.

5.    The AO observed that the certificate is not in the prescribed format
and there are number of defects in the certificate issued under section
35CCA due to which the authenticity of the certificate is doubtful. He
further observed that Champalal Gajaraj Mehta Trust has not fulfilled the
conditions prescribed under section 35CCA and hence any donation given
by the donor to the said trust cannot be allowed as deduction under section
80GGA. In short, the case of the AO is that the certificate issued by the
competent authority being doubtful, the nature of the donation and the
bonafides of the donation would not be sufficient to claim deduction under
section 80GGA or 80G of the Act.

6.    Aggrieved, assessee contended before the CIT(A) that even if the
Champalal Gajaraj Mehta Trust has not fulfilled the conditions prescribed
under section 35CCA, in order to be eligible for deduction under section
80GGA of the Act, at least the alternate plea of the assessee with regard to
the claim under section 80G should have been considered on merits.

7.    None appeared on behalf of the assessee before the CIT(A). Therefore
the matter was disposed of exparte, qua the assessee, wherein the learned
CIT(A) observed that section 35CCA was introduced to give impetus to the
Rural Development Programmes and one of the conditions therein is that
the programmes of rural development should be approved by the prescribed
authority before 1st March, 1983 whereas in the instant case the certificate
produced by the assessee does not show that it was commenced/approved
before 1983 and was valid only upto 31.03.2009 and the genuineness of the
same is doubtful. In fact the trust is not doing anything for rural
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                                                            Shri Rajeev R. Chitrabhanu

development but has come up with a Medical College, Hospital Education
Institution, Home for Old Age/Orphanage, etc. Since no other details were
available on the face of this it has to be assumed that the trust is nothing to
do with rural development programmes and hence it has not fulfilled the
conditions prescribed under section 35CCA of the Act. He thus affirmed the
view taken by the AO.

8.        With regard to the alternate plea of the assessee the learned CIT(A)
observed that the assessee has not given receipt of payment enabling it to
claim deduction under section 80G. Thus, on both counts the plea of the
assessee was rejected.




9.        Further aggrieved, assessee is in appeal before us. Even at this stage
assessee could not furnish any evidence to prove that the assessee was
otherwise eligible to claim deduction either under section 80GGA or under
section 80G of the Act. In the absence of any material on record to
controvert the findings of the CIT(A) we do not find any infirmity in the order
passed by the CIT(A) and therefore affirm the order of the CIT(A).

10.       In the result, the appeal filed by the assessee is dismissed.

Order pronounced in the open court on 15th June, 2015.

                    Sd/-                                     Sd/-
               (Sanjay Arora)                          (D. Manmohan)
            Accountant Member                           Vice President

Mumbai, Dated: 15th June, 2015

Copy to:

     1.   The   Appellant
     2.   The   Respondent
     3.   The   CIT(A) ­ 8, Mumbai
     4.   The   CIT­ 4, Mumbai City
     5.   The   DR, "D" Bench, ITAT, Mumbai

                                                         By Order

//True Copy//
                                                      Assistant Registrar
                                              ITAT, Mumbai Benches, Mumbai
n.p.

 
 
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