Supreme Court censures IT department for delay in filing appeal 

A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan took strong note of the usual delay in filing appeals by the IT department in cases related to income tax assessment.

Published: 07th May 2018 11:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th May 2018 11:36 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

New Delhi, May 7 (PTI) The Supreme Court today came down heavily on the Income Tax Department for delayed filing of appeals in high courts and in the apex court.

A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan took strong note of the usual delay in filing appeals by the IT department in cases related to income tax assessment.

"In every case there is a delay of 200 days. Why should we give you indulgence?" the bench said.

"I have my experience of above 10 years in high courts and the Supreme Court (as a judge) in tax matters itself.

The department has not reformed at all. It (delay by the department) has to be dealt sternly," the bench said and dismissed the appeal filed by the IT department.

Attorney General K K Venugopal, who was present in the courtroom, said there had been a delay in filing of appeals by the department and the "system has to change".

"It (system) has to change at their part in the department and not ours," the bench said, adding that almost 90 per cent of the appeals of the IT department were getting dismissed by the courts.

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  • Dhruva

    I read the comments by Attorney General regarding "System has to change". My view is that unless penalties are imposed on departments...nothing will change...What I have failed to understand is that the common man is asked to pay penalties for delays in filing of income tax...this has to apply government departments also..
    9 months ago reply
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