COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX Vs. M M THOMAS
LAWS(KER)-2003-3-56
HIGH COURT OF KERALA
Decided on March 28,2003

COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX Appellant
VERSUS
M M Thomas Respondents

JUDGEMENT

G.SIVARAJAN, J. - (1.) THE Income -tax Appellate Tribunal, Cochin Bench, has referred the following question of law to this court under Section 256(1) of the Income -tax Act, 1961 (for short 'the Act'), at the instance of the Commissioner of Income -tax, Calicut: 'Whether, on the facts and in the circumstances of the case, the Tribunal is justified in holding that the income below the taxable limit of any previous year is not to be included as the undisclosed income of the block period for the purpose of Section 158BC, even though such income has not been declared by the assessee by filing the return of the income ?'
(2.) THOUGH notice was served on the respondent -assessee, there is no appearance. Today, when the matter came up for hearing, learned Central Government standing counsel appearing for the applicant, submits that the question referred is covered by the decision of this court in CIT v. M.M. George [2002] 245 ITR 45, in favour of the Revenue. Standing counsel, however, submitted that the effect of the said judgment has been nullified by virtue of the amendment to the provisions of Section 158BB(1)(c)(B) of the Act, which says : '(B) on the basis of entries as recorded in the books of account and other documents maintained in the normal course on or before the date of the search or requisition where such income does not exceed the maximum amount not chargeable to tax for any previous year falling in the block period.'
(3.) BY virtue of the amendment, which was made with retrospective effect, from July 1, 1995, in a case where the undisclosed income of any year covered by the block period is below the taxable limit, the said income has to be excluded from the block assessment.;


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