S.C : The educational institution expends the amount donated by the assessee within the assessment year, the assessee cannot claim the benefit of exemption under s. 11

Supreme Court Of India

CIT vs. Thanthi Trust

Section 11

Asst. Year 1968-69, 1969-70

B. P. Jeevan Reddy & S. Saghir Ahmad, JJ.

Civil Appeals Nos. 1257 to 1262 of 1984

14th March, 1996

Counsel Appeared

K. N. Shukla with Manoj Arora & S. N. Terdol, for the Appellant : G. L. Sanghi with V. Shangram & Vineet Kumar, for the Respondent


By the court :

The question arising herein is essentially a question of fact. After considering all the facts and circumstances of these cases, the High Court has recorded the following finding : “Thus, on the material on record, we are not in a position to say that after making the credit entries, the assessee retained any control over the monies or any beneficial ownership therein. For the accounting year 1966-67 corresponding to the asst. yr. 1968-69, a sum of Rs. 10,41,689.47 had been credited by the assessee in favour of the educational institution out of which Rs. 3,04,035 had been drawn by the said institution, and for the accounting year 1967-68 corresponding to the asst. yr. 1969-70, a sum of Rs. 8,99,535 has been credited in favour of the educational institution and the educational institution has drawn Rs. 16,71,500 during that year. The conduct of the educational institution in drawing from the assessee- trust larger sums than what has been credited by the trust in its favour in 1969-70 shows that it was fully aware of its credit with the assesseetrust and the funds that had been made available to it by the trust. If the amounts had been actually handed over to the Aditanar College during the assessment years in question, the assessee could claim the benefit of exemption u/s. 11 as the college has been established only for the educational purposes and no part of its fund can be utilised for non-charitable purposes, and the Revenue cannot insist that unless the educational institution expends the amount donated by the assessee within the assessment year, the assessee cannot claim the benefit of exemption under s. 11.”

The High Court also took into account the factual situation regarding the amounts credited to the account of the college from year to year and the withdrawals by the college. They are the following: 1962-63 1964-65 19-2-1968 7,49,504.36 17,28,606 1963-64 1965-66 23-2-1968 7,08,725.02 2.26,809 1964-65 1966-67 10-7-1968 8,09,457.57 17,37,082 1965-66 1967-68 22-7-1968 7,99,312.00 3,02,998 1966-67 1968-69 20-3-1972 10,41,689.47 3,04,035 1967-68 1969-70 19-4-1972 8,99,535.00 16,61,500 It appears that the Adityanar College was run, not by the assessee-trust, but by another registered charitable society. In the circumstances, the High Court was right in the conclusion which it arrived at. It may also be mentioned that it is no part of the Revenue’s case at any point of time that the credit entries made in the assessee’s books of account were not genuine or true or that they were mere make-believe or bogus. It is also not brought to our notice that the ITO doubted the said entries and called upon the assessee to produce the accounts of the college and that the assessee failed to produce the same. The appeals are dismissed accordingly.

No costs.

[Citation : 239 ITR 502]

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