High Court Of Delhi
Gopal Trading Co. vs. CIT
Manmohan Sarin, J.
Civil Writ Petn. No. 154 of 1978
25th July, 2002
Counsel Appeared : None, for the Petitioner : Sanjiv Khanna with Ajay Jha, for the Respondent
Manmohan Sarin, J. :
Counsel for the respondent has taken me through the order passed by the CIT at p. 43 of the paper book as also the assessment order Annexure âCâ. From a perusal of these orders it would appear that the ground taken by the assessee of the delay in filing of returns being attributable to the CBI having seized account books, does notappear to be tenable and convincing ground, so as to justify waiver of the penalty and interest. It is noted in the assessment order that the assessee was not found to be maintaining books of accounts. It was discovered in the survey carried out that the assessee was not maintaining books of account. Rather the delay in filing is stated to be on account of making the accounts at its own convenience. As regards the seizure of books of account by the CBI, it is urged that if the assessee was earnest, he could have obtained inspection of the seized books and records and taken details and filed returns. Moreover, in view of the limited scope of interference with the orders passed under s. 273A of the IT Act no ground is made out to interfere in the exercise of writ jurisdiction. Writ petition is dismissed.
[Citation : 263 ITR 306]