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The Commissioner of Income-tax Vs. Linga Reddi - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectDirect Taxation
CourtChennai
Decided On
Reported inAIR1927Mad848; (1927)53MLJ377
AppellantThe Commissioner of Income-tax
RespondentLinga Reddi
Excerpt:
- .....was a licensee of the krishnapatam salt factory in the nellore district. from the manufacture of salt on the land of which he was the lessee he made a profit of some rs. 7,000 which has been assessed to income-tax. he now contends that this is agricultural income, that it is revenue derived from the land which is used for agricultural purposes and therefore not taxable. to my mind it would be a gross misnomer to hold that 'agricultural purposes' could be held to cover the process of flooding' the land occupied by letting in the sea water and then extracting the sodium chloride from it by eliminating the other chemical constituents. in my opinion the assessment was right and must be confirmed. the answer to the specific question referred is in the negative. the assessee will pay the.....
Judgment:

Murray Coutts Trotter, Kt., C.J.

1. In my opinion this case is unarguable. The assessee was a licensee of the Krishnapatam Salt Factory in the Nellore District. From the manufacture of salt on the land of which he was the lessee he made a profit of some Rs. 7,000 which has been assessed to income-tax. He now contends that this is agricultural income, that it is revenue derived from the land which is used for agricultural purposes and therefore not taxable. To my mind it would be a gross misnomer to hold that 'agricultural purposes' could be held to cover the process of flooding' the land occupied by letting in the sea water and then extracting the sodium chloride from it by eliminating the other chemical constituents. In my opinion the assessment was right and must be confirmed. The answer to the specific question referred is in the negative. The assessee will pay the costs of this reference. Counsel's fee Rs. 250.

Wallace, J.

2. I agree.

Beasley, J.

3. I agree.


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