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DECCAN DIGITAL NETWORKS PRIVATE LIMITED & ANR. Vs. INCOME TAX OFFICER & ORS.
September, 18th 2014
         IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI

                                               Judgment delivered on: 28.08.2014

W.P.(C) 1226/2014 & CM 2558/2014
DECCAN DIGITAL NETWORKS PRIVATE LIMITED & ANR.
                                         .....Petitioners
                 versus



INCOME TAX OFFICER & ORS.                                              .....Respondents
Advocates who appeared in this case:

For the Petitioners   : Mr Arvind Datar, Sr. Advocate with Mr Tarun Gulati, Mr Kishore
                        Kunal and Ms Amrita Chatterjee.

For the Respondents   : Mr Balbir Singh and Mr Abhishek Singh Baghel for R-1 to R-4.
                        Mr Vivek Goyal and Mr R.P.Singh for R-5.


CORAM:
HON'BLE MR JUSTICE BADAR DURREZ AHMED
HON'BLE MR JUSTICE SIDDHARTH MRIDUL


                                  JUDGMENT

BADAR DURREZ AHMED, J (ORAL)

1.       This writ petition challenges the impugned notice dated 13.06.2013

issued under Section 148 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (hereinafter referred

to as the ,,said Act). A prayer is also sought for quashing the order dated

19.12.2013, which has been passed by the Assessing Officer rejecting the

objections, which the petitioner had raised against the issuance of the notice



WP(C) 1226/2014                                                                 Page 1 of 17
dated 13.06.2013 and the purported reasons for the ,,belief that income had

escaped assessment, which were said to have been recorded prior to the

issuance of the notice under Section 148 of the said Act. The writ petition

also seeks the setting aside of the impugned notice dated 07.02.2014

whereby the Assessing Officer has proceeded with the assessment

proceedings pursuant to the rejection of the objections.


2.      The main and primary plea of the petitioner is that the notice under

Section 148 of the said Act was time-barred. The notice was issued in

connection with the assessment year 2006-07. The maximum period of six

years within which the notice could have been issued expired on 31.03.2013,

whereas the notice was issued on 13.06.2013. It is the case of the petitioner

that the initial notice dated 13.06.2013 did not have any reference to Section

149(1)(c) of the said Act but subsequently when the objection was taken by

the petitioner that the impugned notice was time-barred, the respondent had

placed reliance on the provisions of Section 149(1)(c) of the said Act in

order to justify the issuance of the impugned notice under Section 148

beyond the period of six years. Before we go on with the discussion on the

facts of this case it would be appropriate to set out the relevant provisions:-

                  "147.      If the Assessing Officer has reason to believe
                  that any income chargeable to tax has escaped assessment



WP(C) 1226/2014                                                         Page 2 of 17
                  for any assessment year, he may, subject to the provisions
                  of sections 148 to 153, assess or reassess such income and
                  also any other income chargeable to tax which has escaped
                  assessment and which comes to his notice subsequently in
                  the course of the proceedings under this section, or
                  recompute the loss or the depreciation allowance or any
                  other allowance, as the case may be, for the assessment
                  year concerned (hereafter in this section and in sections 148
                  to 153 referred to as the relevant assessment year):

                  Provided that where an assessment under sub-section (3)
                  of section 143 or this section has been made for the
                  relevant assessment year, no action shall be taken under
                  this section after the expiry of four years from the end of
                  the relevant assessment year, unless any income chargeable
                  to tax has escaped assessment for such assessment year by
                  reason of the failure on the part of the assessee to make a
                  return under section 139 or in response to a notice issued
                  under sub-section (1) of section 142 or section 148 or to
                  disclose fully and truly all material facts necessary for his
                  assessment, for that assessment year:

                  Provided further that nothing contained in the first
                  proviso shall apply in a case where any income in relation
                  to any asset (including financial interest in any entity)
                  located outside India, chargeable to tax, has escaped
                  assessment for any assessment year:

                  Provided also that the Assessing Officer may assess or
                  reassess such income, other than the income involving
                  matters which are the subject matters of any appeal,
                  reference or revision, which is chargeable to tax and has
                  escaped assessment.

                  Explanation 1.­ Production before the Assessing Officer of
                  account books or other evidence from which material
                  evidence could with due diligence have been discovered by
                  the Assessing Officer will not necessarily amount to
                  disclosure within the meaning of the foregoing proviso.




WP(C) 1226/2014                                                             Page 3 of 17
                  Explanation 2.­ For the purposes of this section, the
                  following shall also be deemed to be cases where income
                  chargeable to tax has escaped assessment, namely:-

                      (a)    Where no return of income has been furnished
                             by the assessee although his total income or the
                             total income of any other person in respect of
                             which he is assessable under this Act during the
                             previous year exceeded the maximum amount
                             which is not chargeable to income-tax;

                      (b)    where a return of income has been furnished by
                             the assessee but no assessment has been made
                             and it is noticed by the Assessing Officer that
                             the assessee has understated the income or has
                             claimed excessive loss, deduction, allowance or
                             relief in the return;

                      (ba)   where the assessee has failed to furnish a report
                             in respect of any international transaction which
                             he was so required under section 92E;

                      (c)     where an assessment has been made, but­
                              (i)    income chargeable to tax has been
                                     underassessed; or
                              (ii)   such income has been assessed at too low
                                     a rate; or
                              (iii) such income has been made the subject
                                     of excessive relief under this Act; or
                              (iv) excessive loss or depreciation allowance
                                     or any other allowance under this Act has
                                     been computed;
                       (d)    where a person is found to have any asset
                              (including financial interest in any entity)
                              located outside India.
                  Explanation 3.­ For the purpose of assessment or
                  reassessment under this section, the Assessing Officer may
                  assess or reassess the income in respect of any issue, which
                  has escaped assessment, and such issue comes to his notice
                  subsequently in the course of the proceedings under this
                  section, notwithstanding that the reasons for such issue







WP(C) 1226/2014                                                            Page 4 of 17
                  have not been included in the reasons recorded under sub-
                  section (2) of section 148.

                  Explanation 4.­ For the removal of doubts, it is hereby
                  clarified that the provisions of this section, as amended by
                  the Finance Act, 2012, shall also be applicable for any
                  assessment year beginning on or before the 1st day of April
                  2012."

                  "149.       (1)    No notice under section 148 shall be
                  issued for the relevant assessment year, -
                      (a)     if four years have elapsed from the end of the
                              relevant assessment year, unless the case falls
                              under clause (b) or clause (c);
                      (b)     if four years, but not more than six years, have
                              elapsed from the end of the relevant assessment
                              year unless the income chargeable to tax which
                              has escaped assessment amounts to or is likely
                              to amount to one lakh rupees or more for that
                              year;
                      (c)     if four years, but not more than sixteen years,
                              have elapsed from the end of the relevant
                              assessment year unless the income in relation to
                              any asset (including financial interest in any
                              entity) located outside India, chargeable to tax,
                              has escaped assessment.

                  Explanation. ­ In determining income chargeable to tax
                  which has escaped assessment for the purposes of this sub-
                  section, the provisions of Explanation 2 of section 147
                  shall apply as they apply for the purposes of that section.

                  (2) The provisions of sub-section (1) as to the issue of
                  notice shall be subject to the provisions of section 151.
                  (3) If the person on whom a notice under section 148 is to
                  be served is a person treated as the agent of a non-resident
                  under section 163 and the assessment, reassessment or
                  recomputation to be made in pursuance of the notice is to
                  be made on him as the agent of such non-resident, the
                  notice shall not be issued after the expiry of a period of six
                  years from the end of the relevant assessment year.



WP(C) 1226/2014                                                              Page 5 of 17
                  Explanation.­ For the removal of doubts, it is hereby
                  clarified that the provisions of sub-section (1) and (3), as
                  amended by the Finance Act, 2012, shall also be applicable
                  for any assessment year beginning on or before the 1st day
                  of April, 2012."


3.      From the above provisions it is evident that under Section 147 if the

Assessing Officer has reason to believe that any income chargeable to tax

has escaped assessment for any assessment year, he may assess or reassess

such income. This is, however, subject to the provisions of Sections 148 to

153 of the said Act. Where the assessment/reassessment is sought to be done

after the period of four years from the end of the relevant assessment year,

further conditions are stipulated, inter alia, under the first proviso to Section

147 of the said Act. One of the conditions being that the assessee had not

made a return either under Section 139 or in response to notice under sub-

section (1) of Section 142 or Section 148. Another condition is that even if

the assessee had made a return he has failed to disclose fully and truly all

material facts necessary for his assessment pertaining to that assessment

year. But, by virtue of the second proviso to Section 147, these conditions

(prescribed in the first proviso) would not apply to a case where any income

in relation to any asset (including financial interest in any entity) located

outside India, chargeable to tax, has escaped assessment for any assessment


WP(C) 1226/2014                                                            Page 6 of 17
year. It is also clear that while the first proviso stipulates that no action can

be taken under Section 147 after the expiry of four years from the end of the

relevant assessment year unless the conditions stipulated therein are not

satisfied, there is no such time limit stipulated in the second proviso. In other

words, if a case falls under the second proviso, action can be taken under

Section 147 before and even after the expiry of the period of four years from

the end of the relevant assessment year. It must also be noticed that the end

points of time for action under both the first and second proviso are not

specified in the said proviso. The end points have been specified in section

149. We shall examine that provision but, before we do that, one more

provision of Section 147 needs to be noticed. And, that is, Explanation­ 2 in

Section 147 which stipulates that for the purposes of that Section, where no

return of income has been filed by the assessee, despite his total income

exceeding the maximum amount which is not chargeable to income tax, it

shall be deemed that income chargeable to tax has escaped assessment.


4.      Now, let us examine Section 149 of the said Act. As would be evident

from the above extract, this section prescribes the time limits for notices to

be issued under Section 148. The wordings of the section make it clear that

there is complete bar to the issuance of a notice under Section 148 unless and



WP(C) 1226/2014                                                        Page 7 of 17
until the conditions stipulated in clauses (a), (b) or (c) of Section 149(1) of

the said Act are satisfied. It is evident from the above provision that if the

notice under Section 148 is to be issued beyond the period of four years but

not more than six years then it is required to be shown that the income

chargeable to tax which has escaped assessment is or is likely to be `1 lakh

or more for that year. This is, of course, coupled with the requirement of the

first proviso to Section 147 of the said Act. Insofar as the period of limitation

extending up to sixteen years, as stipulated under Section 149(1)(c), is

concerned, it would have to be further shown that the income which is said

to have escaped assessment was in relation to any asset (including financial

interest in any entity) located outside India. We may note that the

explanation after sub-section (1) of Section 149 makes Explanation­ 2 to

147 applicable for the purpose of Section 149 also.


5.      It is clear that if the extended period of sixteen years provided in

Section 149(1)(c) is to be invoked, the pre-condition is that income which is

said to have escaped assessment must have relation to any asset (including

financial interest in any entity) located outside India. This is also the same

pre-condition stipulated in the second proviso to Section 147. In this context,

it must be remembered that unless the second proviso to Section 147 applies,



WP(C) 1226/2014                                                        Page 8 of 17
all cases beyond four years of the end of the relevant assessment year would

have to satisfy the pre-conditions in the first proviso read with Section

149(1)(a) and (b)


6.      In this backdrop, let us now return to the facts of the case. When the

notice under Section 148 of the said Act was issued to the petitioner, the

petitioner at the threshold sent a response dated 10.07.2013 wherein it was

clearly stated as under:-

                  "At the outset, it is submitted that the Notice has been
                  issued without jurisdiction and is barred by limitation
                  applicable under Section 149 of the Act. The Notice has
                  been issued on 13.06.2013 for the AY 2006-07 which is
                  beyond the period 6 years prescribed for the purpose of
                  issuing a Notice under Section 148 of the Act. We are an
                  Indian Company and have no foreign assets or income and
                  the Notice is therefore, clearly beyond limitation and liable
                  to be withdrawn.

                  Further, in any event and without prejudice to the
                  aforementioned, it is also pointed out that during the FY
                  2005-06, we did not undertake any activity and as such, did
                  not have any income, for the purpose of the Act. Therefore,
                  on the face of it, there could be no reason to believe for
                  initiating re-assessment proceedings in the present case. In
                  this regard, attached herewith and marked as Annexure-1
                  is our financial statement showing that there was no income
                  during the FY 2005-06.

                  Accordingly, in the light of the above, it is requested that
                  the Notice may kindly be withdrawn forthwith and the re-
                  assessment proceedings may kindly be dropped."
                                                         (underlining added)




WP(C) 1226/2014                                                             Page 9 of 17
7.      A similar letter was also sent on 12.08.2013 reiterating the stand of the

petitioner that the notice was time barred. Along with the said letter dated

12.08.2013 the petitioner filed its nil return of income under protest.

Thereafter, the Assessing Officer sent a letter dated 21.10.2013 to the

petitioner which contained the purported reasons which had been recorded

prior to the issuance of notice under Section 148. The said letter reads as

under:-


                  " To,
                      M/s Deccan Digital Networks Pvt. Ltd.
                      13, Abul Fazal Road, Bengal Market,
                      New Delhi-110001.

                  Sir,
                      Sub: Notice u/s 148 read with Sec.149(1)(c) of the
                           I.T.Act 1961 for Assessment Year 2006-2007
                           - reg.

                      Please refer to the above subject.

                       Notice u/s 148 read with Sec.149(1)( c) of the I.T.Act,
                  1961 was issued in your case for A.Y. 2006-2007 on 13th
                  June 2013. In response to the same you filed return of income
                  for A.Y. 2006-2007 (Under protest) on 12.08.2013.
                  Alongwith return of income letter dated 12.08.2013 was also
                  filed. On going through the return of income it was observed
                  that the return of income was not accompanied with balance
                  sheet, profit and loss account and audit report. The deficiency
                  was brought into your notice by letter dated 16.09.2013 of
                  this office.
                        In response to this, vide letter dated 08.10.2013 it
                  was stated that alongwith letter dated 10.07.2013 the
                  assessee company had submitted the balance sheet, profit
                  and loss account for the subject assessment year. It was




WP(C) 1226/2014                                                               Page 10 of 17
                  also stated by letter dated 08.10.2013 that the balance
                  sheet, profit and loss account were not audited.

                        Now since you had complied with the provisions of
                  section 148, I am giving the-reasons recorded before issue
                  of notice u/s 148/148 which are as follows.

                        "A report or coordination meeting of CBI, ED and
                  Income Tax Department, sharing of information in the case
                  of 2G related companies/ entities alongwithh the shoe
                  cause notice issued to M/s. Deccan Digital Networks Pvt.
                  Ltd. and Shri Sumesh sawhney Director of M/s. Deccan
                  Digital Networks Pvt. Ltd., 13, Abul Fazal Road, Bengali
                  Market, New Delhi-1, by the Special Director of
                  Enforcement was received through Dy. Director of Income
                  Tax (Investigation), Unit-1(2); New Delhi in the above
                  mentioined case pertaining to this Ward for taking
                  appropriate action, as per the report the facts mentioned in
                  the show cause notice / complaint are as under:

                         Copy of form FCGPR filed by M/s. Deccan Digital
                  Networks Pvt. Ltd. (DDNPL) to RBI interaLia reveals that:
                    i.      M/s. Deccan Digital Networks Pvt. Ltd. is a
                            recently formed company and activities are to
                            hold investments. There was no description of
                            NIC code.
                    ii.     On 21.03.2006, a sum of Rs.11,828/- crore was
                            received by Deccan from. M/ s. Global
                            Comminication             Services  Holdings      Ltd.
                            (GCSHL), Mauritius and on the same day i.e.,
                            21.03.2006, 11828440 equity shares were allotted
                            to GCSHL Mauritius.
                    iii.    There was delay in reporting to RBI about receipt of
                            FIX/ in submissions of form
                            FCGPR within 30 days from the date of receipt of
                            funds/date, of issue of shares to the foreign investor
                            (GCSHL, Mauritius) (11828440 shares were issued on
                            21.03.2006 for Rs.11,82,84,400/-). That DDNPL
                            intimated receipt of FDI/issue of shares on 22.08.2006
                            i.e., after stipulated time limit.

                          Therefore, there is contravention of the provisions of Para
                  9(1) (A) & (B) of schedule 1 of Regulation 5(1) of the Foreign
                  Exchange Management (Transfer or issue of security by a person
                  resident outside India) Regulations, 2000 read with sub-section
                  (3)(b) of section 6 of the Foreign Exchange Management Act
                  (FEMA), 1999 and also read with section 42(1) of the FEMA,
                  1999, for having failed to submit a report to the Reserve Bank of



WP(C) 1226/2014                                                                  Page 11 of 17
                  India, inrespect of receipt of the amount of consideration to the
                  tune of Rs.11.82/- crore of India, in respect of 11828440 equity
                  shares issued against FDI of Rs.11.82/- crore (Rs.11,82,84,440/-)
                  within the stipulated period of 30 days from the date of the receipt
                  of the amount of consideration and issuance of equity.
                        On perusal of records, it is found that the assessee
                  company has not filed its return of income for the
                  assessment year 2006-2007.

                        In view of the above facts and circumstances of the
                  case and as per the provisions of Section 149(1)(c) of the
                  LT.Act, notice u/s 148 is to be issued for reopening the cas
                  of M/s. Deccan Digital Networks Pv t. Ltd. for the
                  assessment year 2006-07.
                           In view of the above,. I have reason to belive that the
                  assessee company during the financial year 2005-2006 relevant
                  to assessment year 2006-2007 has escaped assessment.
                  Therefore, the approval of the Addl. CIT, Range-10, New Delhi
                  is solicited as per provisions of Section 151(2) of the I.T.Act"

                          As the reasons for issue of notice u/s 148 have been
                  furnished to you, you are required to furnish following
                  details.

                      11.     Please furnish name and address with
                              confirmation of the persons from which equity
                              share capital Non-convertible, Redeemable
                              preference share capital of Rs.1639.59 crore has
                              been received.

                      12.     Please furnish documentary evidence of investment
                              of Rs.1684.89 crores.

                      13.     Please furnish confirmed copy of accounts sundry
                              creditors of Rs. 2.32 crores.

                      14.     Please furnish documentary evidence of claim
                              of preliminary expenses of Rs.2.32 crore.

                      15.     Please furnish complete bank statement with
                              narrations.

                      16.     A perusal of profit and loss account for the period
                              ending 31.03.2006 reveals that you had claimed
                              loss of Rs.23268723/-., Since no return of income



WP(C) 1226/2014                                                                   Page 12 of 17
                               for A.Y. 2006-2007 has been filed please explain,
                               as to how the loss had been accounted in the return
                               of imameralediozAY.2017-2008 if any.

                       17.     Please furnish proof of tilling of income tax
                               return for A.Y. 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-
                               2010 with audit report of M/s. Deccan Digital.
                               Networks Pvt, Ltd.

                       18.     Please furnish proof of income tax return of
                               directors for A.Y. 2006-2007, 2007-2008, and
                               2009-2010.
                       19.     Please furnish name and address of directors
                               with details of change if any, during the period
                               relevant to A.Y. 2006-2007 and later on.

                       20.     Please furnish computation of income for 2006-2007.
                          Your reply should reach this office within seven days of
                  the receipt of the receipt of this letter, statutory notice u/s 142(1)
                  are enclosed herewith fixing the date of hearing on 28.10.2013.
                                                                       Yours faithfully


                                                                     (Bason Sanyal)
                                                                 Income Tax Officer
                                                             Ward 10(1), New Delhi"





8.      Thereafter, the petitioner submitted its objections dated 27.11.2013. In

the said objections the petitioner reiterated its stand that the notice under

Section 148 was barred by limitation. The stand taken by the petitioner was

as under:-

                  "a) The Notice under section 148 is barred by
                       Limitation: The Notice is clearly time barred and is
                       beyond the period of limitation prescribed under the
                       Act, having been issued beyond the period of six years



WP(C) 1226/2014                                                                     Page 13 of 17
                    from the end of the relevant assessment year as
                    prescribed under Section 149(1)(b) of the Act. The
                    assessee is an Indian company and has no foreign
                    assets or foreign income, and Section 149(1)(c) of the
                    Act has no application to the facts of the case. As the
                    company does not have any foreign assets, there is no
                    question of any escapement of income in relation to
                    foreign assets to justify the reliance on this provision.
                    This position was made explicitly clear in the letter
                    dated 08.10.2013 but there is no response to this issue
                    in the letter dated 21.10.2013. It is submitted that while
                    the notice has been justified by placing reliance on
                    Section 149(1)(c) when the issue of Limitation was
                    pointed out by us, it is clear that the reasons recorded
                    made no reference to any foreign asset or foreign
                    income. It can clearly be inferred that the issue of
                    foreign assets and foreign income has been raised
                    subsequently only to get over the plea of limitation and
                    is a clear after thought and does not constitute a
                    reasons for issuing the Notice. In view of the aforesaid,
                    the notice under section 148 is clearly time barred and
                    should be withdrawn forthwith."
                                                       (underlining added)


9.      It is evident from the above extract that the petitioner had taken the

specific stand that it was an Indian company and that it has no foreign asset

and no foreign income and that Section 149(1)(c) of the said Act had no

application in the facts of the case. It was urged that as the company did not

have any foreign asset there was no question of any escapement of income in

relation to a foreign asset and that the reliance of the department on the

provisions of the Section 149(1)(c) of the said Act was misplaced.




WP(C) 1226/2014                                                            Page 14 of 17
10.     This was succeeded by the order dated 19.12.2013 which is impugned

before us whereby the objections including the objection with regard to time

bar were rejected by the Assessing Officer. The point of time bar was

"considered" by the Assessing Officer in the said letter dated 19.12 .2013 in

the following manner:-


                  "1. The notice u/s 148 is barred by limitation:-
                          At the first instance I would like to draw your kind
                  attention that this point has already been raised by you by
                  your letter dated 10.07.2013, 08.10.2013 and appropriate
                  reply has been furnished to you vide this office letter dated
                  16.09.2013 (copy of letter enclosed again). It has been
                  informed that notice was issued u/s 149(1)(c) of the Act. As
                  per provisions of Sec 149(1)(c) notice could be issued for
                  16 years. For your convenience and a ready reference
                  relevant part of Sec 149(1)(c) is reproduced herewith.

                       "149(1)(c)- No notice u/s 148 shall be issued for
                       the relevant assessment year, if four years, but not
                       more then 16 years have elapsed from the end of
                       the relevant assessment years unless the income in
                       relation to any asset (including financial interest in
                       any entity) located outside India, chargeable to
                       tax, has escaped assessment."

                  On the basis of above the objection raised may please be
                  treated as settled."
                                                         (underlining added)


11.     Since there is a reference to the Assessing Officers earlier letter of

16.09.2013 in the above-mentioned extract, it would be pertinent to see as to

what has been said in that letter by the Assessing Officer with regard to the




WP(C) 1226/2014                                                             Page 15 of 17
plea of bar of limitation raised by the petitioner. In the letter dated

16.09.2013 this is exactly what the Assessing Officer had stated:-


                  "Your query that the notice u/s 148 has been issued after
                  lapse of statutory time I would like to draw your kind
                  attention to Sec-149(1)(c) of the I.T.Att, 1961. For a ready
                  reference the section is quoted herewith.
                       '149(1)(c)- No notice u/s 148 shall be issued for the
                       relevant assessment year, if four years, but not
                       more then 16 years have elapsed from the end of
                       the relevant assessment years unless the income in
                       relation to any asset (including financial interest in
                       any entity) located outside India, chargeable to tax,
                       has escaped assessment'"



12.     It is, therefore, clear from both the letter dated 16.09.2013 as well as

the impugned order dated 19.12.2013 that there is no reasoning indicated as

to how Section 149(1)(c) has been invoked other than simply re-producing

the contents of Section 149(1)(c). Furthermore, neither the letter dated

16.09.2013 nor the impugned order dated 19.12.2013 nor the counter

affidavit filed by the respondent before this court controvert the statement

made by the petitioner that it has no asset located outside India. Therefore,

the question of deriving an income from any such asset also does not arise.

In these circumstances, it will have to be accepted that the petitioner does not

have any asset outside India and, therefore, the question of the petitioner

having any income in relation to such an asset would not arise. The very



WP(C) 1226/2014                                                             Page 16 of 17
condition precedent for issuing a notice under Section 148 read with Section

149(1)(c) invoking the extended period of limitation of sixteen years is that

the income which has escaped assessment must have relation to any asset

located outside India. This pre-condition is not satisfied. Therefore, there is a

complete bar to the issuance of such a notice beyond the period of four years.


13.      In view of the foregoing discussion, the impugned notice dated

13.06.2013, the impugned order dated 19.12.2013 and all proceedings

pursuant to the notice dated 13.06.2013 are set aside. We are, however,

making it clear that this order has been made on the basis of the reasons as

recorded and in the context of the plea of limitation.


14.      The writ petition is accordingly allowed. There shall be no order as to

costs.



                                               BADAR DURREZ AHMED, J




                                                   SIDDHARTH MRIDUL, J
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