DIRECTOR OF INCOME TAX-II (INTERNATIONAL TAXATION) NEW DELHI Vs. M/S SAMSUNG HEAVY INDUSTRIES CO. LIMITED
LAWS(SC)-2020-7-10
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Decided on July 22,2020

Director Of Income Tax-Ii (International Taxation) New Delhi Appellant
VERSUS
M/S Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Limited Respondents




JUDGEMENT

R.F.NARIMAN, J. - (1.)This appeal by the Department revisits the question as to the taxability of income attributable to a "permanent establishment" set up in a fixed place in India, arising from the 'Agreement for avoidance of double taxation of income and the prevention of fiscal evasion' with the Republic of Korea ("DTAA").
(2.)On 28.02.2006, the Oil and Natural Gas Company ("ONGC") awarded a "turnkey" contract to a consortium comprising of the Respondent/Assessee, i.e. Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (a Company incorporated in South Korea), and Larsen and Toubro Limited, being a contract for carrying out the "Work", inter alia, of surveys, design, engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and modification at existing facilities, and start-up and commissioning of entire facilities covered under the 'Vasai East Development Project' ("Project").
(3.)On 24.05.2006, the Assessee set up a Project Office in Mumbai, India, which, as per the Assessee, was to act as "a communication channel" between the Assessee and ONGC in respect of the Project. Pre-engineering, survey, engineering, procurement and fabrication activities which took place abroad, all took place in the year 2006. Commencing from November, 2007, these platforms were then brought outside Mumbai to be installed at the Vasai East Development Project. The Project was to be completed by 26.07.2009.
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