Registration u/s 12A, Object of assessee-society & conditions therein well analysed by P & H HC

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Registration u/s 12A, Object of assessee-society & conditions therein well analysed by P & H HC

Registration u/s 12A, Object of assessee-society & conditions therein well analysed by P & H HC 

Overview :

Where assessee-society had applied for registration under section 12A, the same could not be denied because assessee-society constituted by Government for imparting training to various officers/officials involved in criminal justice system with no profit motive at all and funds generated or received in aid were utilized for aforesaid public purpose.

Whether on facts and in circumstances of case and in law, Tribunal was right in holding that genuineness of activities of assessee-society have not been doubted and thereby directing to grant registration to assessee, whereas CIT had clearly established that activities of society could not be termed as advancement of any other object of general public utility.

It was held that Assessee-society constituted by Government for imparting training to various officers/officials involved in criminal justice system with no profit motive at all and whatever funds were generated or received in aid were utilized for aforesaid public purpose. It could not be said that there was any commercial motive and application for registration granted under section 12A could not be said to be erroneous.

Decision: In assessee’s favour.

IN THE PUNJAB & HARYANA HIGH COURT

RAJESH BINDAL & DEEPAK SIBAL, JJ.

CIT v. The Institute of Correctional Administration

ITA No. 487 of 2017 (O&M)

9 May, 2018

Appellant by: Denesh Goyal, Advocate

ORDER

Rajesh Bindal, J.

The present appeal has been filed against the order passed by the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Division Bench, Chandigarh raising the following substantial questions of law arising out of order dated 18-10-2016 passed in ITA No. 1049/CHD/2013 :–

“I. Whether on the facts and in the circumstances of the case and in law, the Hon’ble ITAT is right in holding that the genuineness of activities of the applicant society have not been doubted and thereby directing to grant registration to the applicant whereas the CIT had clearly established that the activities of the society could not be termed as advancement of any other object of general public utility.

II. Whether on the facts and in the circumstances of the case and in law, the Hon’ble ITAT is right in holding that imparting training to the Govt. officials in correctional administration would ultimately benefit the prisoners to change their behavior whereas the CIT had clearly held that activities of the society of imparting training to Govt. Officers who were being paid by the Govt. Departments for performing could not be termed as advancement of any other object of general public utility.

III. Whether on the facts and in the circumstances of the and in law, the Hon’ble ITAT is right in directing the registration to be accorded instead of reverting it back for re-examination in the light of its findings”

The grievance of the appellant is regarding grant of registration to the respondent under section 12-A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (for short ‘the Act’). The respondent is a society constituted by the Government for imparting training to various officers/officials involved in the criminal justice system with no profit motive at all and whatever funds are generated or received in aid are utilised for the aforesaid public purpose. In the aforesaid circumstances it cannot be said that there is any commercial motive and the application for registration granted under section 12-A of the Act cannot be said to be erroneous.

No substantial questions of law arises. The appeal is dismissed.

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