It is unsustainable to increase the amount of gold jewellery or decorations over the cap set forth in the CBDT Circular of May 11, 1994
Fact and issue of the case
At the time of hearing, the learned AR of the assessee has stated at Bar that the assessee does not press ground nos. 1 to 3 and 7 to 9 and the same may be dismissed as not pressed. The learned DR has raised no objection if ground nos. 1 to 3 and 7 to 9 are dismissed as not pressed. Accordingly, the ground nos. 1 to 3 and 7 to 9 of the assessee’s appeal are being dismissed being not pressed.
Ground no. 4 is regarding addition sustained by the CIT(A) of Rs. 6,95,541/- on account of unexplained investment in the jewellery. The assessee is an individual and derives income from salary and interest on capital from partnership firm of M/s Kesarwani Distributors. The assessee is also proprietrix of M/s Gupta Traders which is engaged in the business of Kimam. There was a search and seizure action carried out on 27.8.2009 in group cases of Kesarwani Zarda Bhandar. During the course of search and seizure action at the resident / business premises of the assessee, gold jewellery weighting 1,796 grams was found. This was the year of search therefore, regular assessment was framed by the AO under section 143(3) on the basis of seized material. In response to the notice issued under section 142(1), the assessee explained the source of acquisition of gold jewellery as it belongs to the assessee, her two daughters and some of the jewellery belongs to her mother Smt. Indra Devi. The assessee further explained that she married in the year 1995 with Sh. Ramesh Kumar s/o Mata Saran Kesarwani. Her husband belongs to a respectable business family of Allahabad. The assessee received jewellery from both sides at the time of marriage as well as on subsequent occasions namely birthdays of children and on other occasion. The assessee further stated that her husband deposited 623 gram gold under tax free gold bond scheme and received back the same on 29.12.1998. The said declared gold was found at the time of search and mentioned at Sr. No. 13 of jewellery inventory in panchnama. Similarly, there was disclosure under VDIS-97 of 796.150 grams of jewellery. The rest of the jewellery was claimed as stridhan of the assessee as well as her two daughters. The AO did not accept the explanation of the assessee and after allowing the jewellery of 500 grams as stridhan of the assessee, the AO treated jewellery of 682 grams as acquired from undisclosed income and made the addition of Rs. 9,49,003/- under section 69B of the Act. The assessee challenged the action of the AO before the CIT(A). The CIT(A) granted part relief to the assessee and sustained the addition in respect of jewellery of 499.85 grams as against 682 grams.
Observation of the court
Before the Tribunal, the learned AR of the assessee has submitted that the assessee explained the source of jewellery during her statement recorded under section 132(4) of the Act on 27.8.2009 by the search party. The learned AR has referred to the copy of the statement of assessee recorded under section 132(4) placed at page nos. 46 to 50 of the paper book and submitted that in reply to question no. 6, the assessee has explained each and every item of jewellery recorded in the inventory prepared at the time of search. In this explanation, the assessee has clearly given the details of the jewellery of 504 grams belonging to her mother who kept the jewellery with the assessee as she is also residing in Allahabad and frequently visiting the assessee. The assessee also explained that the gold bar weighting 623 grams belongs to her husband Shri. Ramesh Kumar which is also supported by the fact that it was received by the husband under gold bond scheme of Government. The rest of the jewellery weighting 678 grams belongs to the assessee and her two daughters. Thus, the learned AR has submitted that at the time of search itself, the assessee explained the source of the jewellery found during the search from her residence. The learned AR thus referred to the affidavit of the mother of the assessee filed before the AO and copy of which is placed at page nos. 38 and 39 of the paper book. The learned AR has also referred to the certificate issued by the Reserve Bank of India regarding Gold Bond Scheme 1998 at page nos. 40 and 42. Thus, the explanation of the assessee was duly supported by the documentary evidence in the shape of gold bond certificate wherein the quantity of the gold bar is matching with the quantity found during search as well as the affidavit of the mother of the assessee confirming the jewellery about 504 grams belongs to her and kept with the assessee. The learned AR has then referred to the decision of the co-ordinate Bench of this Tribunal dated 06.07.2018 in the case of Shri Praveen Kumar Kesarwani vs. Jt. CIT (OSD), Allahabad and submitted that an identical issue has been considered and decided by the Bench in favour of the assessee. He has also relied upon the judgment of Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court in the case of CIT vs. Satya Narain Patni 106 DTR 436 and submitted that the Hon’ble High Court has held that as per the CBDT instruction dated 11th May, 1994, the jewellery to the extent of 500 grams per married lady, 250 grams per unmarried lady and 100 grams per male member of the family need not be seized and therefore, to that extent, the jewellery found in the possession of the assessee cannot be questioned about its source and acquisition. Thus, the learned AR has submitted that the addition sustained by the CIT(A) is not justified and same may be deleted.
On the other hand, learned DR has submitted that the explanation of the assessee cannot be accepted as the quantities of the jewellery explained by the assessee are not tallying with the actual jewellery found during the course of search.
In the result, the appeal filed by assessee is partly allowed . I order accordingly.
Order pronounced in the open Court on 05.01.2023 at Allahabad, U.P.
In the result, appeal of the assessee is allowed and ruled in favour of the assessee
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