- No Fundamental Right to Assessment by Faceless Assessment : High Court
- The Gandhi family has suffered a huge shock
- Now the Income Tax authorities will scrutinize the documents more deeply
The Delhi High Court upheld Income Tax’s decision to transfer tax assessment to the central circle in a major shock to the Gandhi family. The court dismissed the petitions challenging the decision to transfer the case from faceless assessment to the central circle. The High Court held that there is no fundamental or legal right to be assessed by faceless assessment. Assessment has been transferred as per law and for better coordination. Now the Income Tax authorities will conduct a more in-depth examination of the documents, so as to get to the root of the matter and identify the originator of the transactions in the central circle. A bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma said that the transfer was in accordance with law. However, the court clarified that it did not examine the case on merits. A party is free to present its arguments before an appropriate legal authority. Originally the Income Tax Department had transferred the IT assessment of five voluntary organizations – Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Trust, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, Young Indian and Jawahar Bhavan Trust.