The Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) has directed the IT department to refund the amount it has recovered from Mumbai-based brewing company, Skol Breweries.
Rs 2.68 crore was recovered from Skol while an interim stay order passed by ITAT was in operation. ITAT, the quasi-judicial body for settling tax disputes, determined that IT department’s action was beyond its jurisdiction. The extraordinary order was approved by vice-president of ITAT, G E Veerabhadrappa, and its judicial member, Madhavi Devi.
As per case facts, on March 27, 2007, Skol Brewery requested the Tribunal, by moving an emergency stay petition, to intervene as the department had attached all its bank accounts after the I-T Commissioner rejected its stay petition.