Friday, December 12, 2014

Entity set-up for providing housing and other infra facilities is charitable in nature; entitled to registration


a) The assessee ('Jaipur Development Authority') was wholly owned and controlled by Government of Rajasthan.

b) It was formed for planning, coordinating and supervising proper, orderly and rapid development of the areas in Jaipur region and of executing plans, projects and schemes for such development, so that housing, community facilities, civil amenities and other infrastructural facilities were created in such region.

c) The registration was granted to the assessee under section 12AA. During the relevant year, the CIT withdrew the registration by observing that the objects of the assessee were not charitable but came under the purview of last limb of section 2(15) of the Act, i.e., 'Advancement of any other object of general public utility'.

The Tribunal held in favour of assessee as under:

1) The Jaipur Development Authority was a tool of State Government for coordinated and planned development in Jaipur region. In practical, the main work of Jaipur Development Authority was construction of roads, sewerage, parks, play grounds, provide plots for educational, health and cultural institution for over all development of the community.

2) By making planned development it provides smooth transportation so that air pollution can be minimized and save time of the public. If it would be left in the hands of private operator, these facilities would not be provided on similar price as provided by the Jaipur Development Authority. The intention of the institution was not to earn profit but recover the cost of the establishment as well as other expenditure to implement its objects.

3) The CIT can cancel the registration in two situations, viz, if the activities of the institution are not genuine and if the activities assessee not carried out in accordance with the objects of the institution.

4) In the instant case, as the assessee was a government authority, its object was to prove civil amenities and infrastructure and no trade or business, therefore, withdrawal of registration by the CIT was not justified. - Jaipur Development Authority v. CIT (2014) 52 25 (Jaipur - Trib.)