: A. S. Bains, J. - M/s. Auto and Metal Engineers, Faridabad through Smt. Sunanda Rani, its partner, have challenged the impugned notices Annexures P-1, P-2, P-6, P-7, P-9, P-11, P-12, P-16 and P-17, by way of this writ petition u/s /Arts 226/227 of the Constitution of India.
2. Mr. Grover, ld. counsel for the petitioner, canvassed that the ITO could not proceed to levy tax against the petitioner for the asst. yr. 1971-72 as the same is time-barred.
3. Mr. Ashok Bhan, ld. counsel for the respondent (revenue), raised a preliminary objection that the question whether the notice is barred by time or not cannot be gone into in these writ proceedings and could only be decided by the ITO in view of the law laid down by their Lordships of the Supreme Court in the case reported as Lalji Haridas v. H. H. Bhatt and Anr. : 55ITR415(SC) , wherein it was observed as under :
'The jurisdiction conferred on the High Court under Article 226 of the Constitution of India is not intended to supersede the jurisdiction and authority of the Income-tax Officer to deal with the merits of all the contentions that the assessee may raise before them, and so, it would be entirely in appropriate to permit an assessee to move the High Court under Article 226 and contend that a notice issued against him in barred time. This is a matter which the income-tax authorities must consider on the merits in the light of the relevant evidence. The point that for the transaction in question other persons have already been taken and that the order of assessment passed against the assessee being in the nature of a protective assessment should be set aside ought to be raised before the Income-tax Officer and cannot be allowed to be urged before the High Court in a petition under Article 226.'
4. Mr. Grover could not show me any authority taking a contrary view. Since the question whether the notice issued to the petitioner is barred by time cannot be determined by the High Court in these proceedings, the writ petition is dismissed with costs. Counsels fee Rs. 500. However, it is directed that the ITO (Respondent No. 3) shall go into all the questions including the question of limitation raised by the petitioner in this petition and decide the matter in accordance with law. The parties are directed to appear before the ITO on 20-12-1982, at Faridabad.