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A]. This appeal has been filed by the assessee against the order dated 20.10.2015 passed by Learned Commissioner of Income Tax(Appeals)-17, New Delhi [in short “Ld.CIT(A)”] pertaining to assessment year 2007-08. The assessee has raised following grounds of appeal:-
1. “On the facts & in the circumstances of the case, the Ld.CIT(Appeal) erred in holding that the Assessing Officer had valid jurisdiction in issuing the impugned notice u/s 148 of the Act.
2. The Ld.CIT(A) erred in law and on facts in holding that the proceedings u/s 147 and the consequential assessment order are not bad in law and therefore a nullity.
3. That the Ld.CIT(Appeal) erred in law and on fact was not acceptable and therefore the addition of Rs.66,50,000 was correctly made by the Ld. Assessing Officer.
4. That the Ld.CIT(A) erred in rejecting the confirmation letter affidavit filed by Mr. Solo with Assessing Officer without examining Mr. Solo who had presented himself for this purpose.
5. That the addition of Rs.66,50,000/- made u/s 68 by the Ld.AO on the basis of suspicion and surmises may kindly be deleted.”
. Return of income was originally filed by the assessee on 30.10.2007 in the office of ITO, Ward-33(4), New Delhi. This return was processed u/s 143(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 [in short “Act”]. On 31.03.2014, notice u/s 148 of the Act was issued by ITO, Ward-24(3), New Delhi for initiating proceedings u/s 147 of the Act after recording reasons to believe, that income of the assessee had escaped the assessment. The jurisdiction of ITO, Ward-24(3), New Delhi to issue aforesaid notice dated 31.03.2014 u/s 148 r.w.s. 147 of the Act was objected to by the assessee, contending that he had been filing his return of income with ITO, Ward-33(1), New Delhi. Therefore, the assessee contended before ITO, Ward-24(3), New Delhi that notice issued by ITO, Ward-24(3), New Delhi was not valid, as he did not have jurisdiction over the case. The objection of the assessee was rejected by ITO, Ward 24(3), New Delhi vide letter dated 01.08.2014 in the following words:-
“Kindly refer to the objections raised by your AR vide his letter dated 28.04.2014 for issuance of notice u/s 148 of the Income tax Act.
In this connection, the main objection raised by your AR is on the ground that the assessee has been filing his income tax return with ITO, Ward 33(1), New Delhi and that this office has no jurisdiction to issue the Notice u/s 148 of the Income Tax Act. In this connection, your goodself i informed that the notice u/s 148 of the Income tax Act was issued after obtaining prior approval of the competent authority in terms of relevant section of the Income tax Act. Further, the territorial jurisdiction over the Sainik Farm Area, where the assessee resides falls in this Ward and as per section 124(1)(b), the notice was rightly issued by an officer who is competed to do so. Thus, the notice u/s 148 has been issued by an assessing officer who is competed to do so. Thus, the notice u/s 148 has been issued by an assessing officer who is competent to do so. Acc rdingly, there is no merit in the objections so raised and the same are hereby dismissed. You are directed to file your return of income immediately in terms to provisions of section 148 of the Income tax Act.”
[B.1]. The assessee petitioned vide letter dated 20.08.2014 of Joint Commissioner of Income tax, Range-24, New Delhi requesting for determining the jurisdiction of the assessee. The relevant portion of the aforesaid petition is reproduced hereunder:-
“We file this letter before your goodself for the determination of the lawful jurisdiction of the abovementioned assessee and for identification of the assessing officer having jurisdiction over the assessee.
1. Mr. Inder Mohan Singh Khurana, an assessee having income from business, has been regularly running his business operations from the premises 4/5917, Dev Nagar, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 110 005.
2. He has been regularly filing his income returns with Ward 33(1), having jurisdiction over the abovementioned Karol Bagh address. Copies of the income tax return acknowledgements for the last three years are attached herewith in support of this statement. Also attached is the income tax return acknowledgement for AY 2007-08 which was also filed with Ward 33.
3. On 1.4.2014, the assessee received a notice U/s 148, reopening his case for AY 2007-08. Such notice was sent by the Income Tax Officer, Ward 24(3). Copy of the notice is attached herewith.
4. The assessee filed his objection to such notice issued on 28.4.2014, on the ground that the same was issued without jurisdiction and was therefore invalid and non est. Copy of the objection filed is also submitted herewith.
5. The ITO, Ward 24(3), vide his letter Dt. 1.8.2014, conveyed his non-acceptance of the assessee's contention of incorrect jurisdiction. Copy of such letter is attached.
1. For the past many years, the assessee has regularly been assessed in Ward 33(1) which includes Karol Bagh, where he carries on his business. Tins is also In accordance