SOUTHERN INDIA TEA ESTATES CO LTD Vs. STATE OF KERALA
HIGH COURT OF KERALA
SOUTHERN INDIA TEA ESTATES CO., LTD.
STATE OF KERALA
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(1.) The only contention urged before us relates to the old shade trees sold by the petitioner. In the light of the Supreme Court decision, 19 S. T. C. 1, it must be held that the fact that an assessee is a dealer in some commodities does not necessarily mean that he is a dealer in others; and the contention on behalf of the petitioner is that the company is not a dealer as far as the old shade trees are concerned.
(2.) The petitioner is a dealer in tea and the sale of the shade trees should by its nature be an isolated transaction, occurring, perhaps in a generation or two. There is no regular frequency for such sales and we are unable to hold that the petitioner is a dealer as far as the old shade trees sold by the company are concerned.
(3.) In this view, the T. R. C. has to be allowed to the extent indicated above and we do so. The point was not specifically urged before the Tribunal and in view of that there will be no order as to costs.;
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