Sabyasachi Mukharji, J. - In this reference u/s 256(1) of the IT Act, 1961, the following question has been referred to this court :
'Whether, on the facts and circumstances of the case and on a proper interpretation of s. 40)c)(iii)(a)(v) of the It Act, 1961, the Tribunal was right in holding that the cash payments made by the assessee to its employees incurred by way of house rent, medical expenses and salaries of gardeners relevant previous years did not result in the provision of any benefit, amenity or perquisite and should not, therefore taken into account in computing the disallowances to be made under the said s. 40(c)(iii)/40(a)(V) ?'
2. In view of the facts found by the Tribunal and in view of the principles laid down the Division Bench of this court in the case of CIT, West Bengal v. Kanan Devan Hills Produce Co. Ltd. : 119ITR431(Cal) , principles of which decision have been followed by the Karnataka High Court in the decision reported in CIT v. Mysore Commercial Union Ltd. : 126ITR340(KAR) and the Madras High Court in the case reported in CIT v. Manjushree Plantations Ltd. (1980) 125 ITR 150 (Mad) and the Bombay High Court in the case reported in CIT v. Indokem Pvt. Ltd. : 132ITR125(Bom) , though a contrary decision has been taken by the Full Bench of the Kerala High Court in the case of CIT v. Commonwealth Trust Ltd. (1982) 125 ITR 19 (FB) we must answer the question in the affirmative and in favour of the assessee.
3. Incidentally, we may refer to the decision in the Special Leave Application from the order of the Bombay High Court being Special Leave Pet. No. 2970 of 1976 in IT Appeal No. 113 of 1976 of Bombay High Court, was dismissed by the Supreme Court by an order dt. 4-4-1975.
4. The question is, therefore, answered in the affirmative and in favour of the assessee.
5. There will be no order as to costs.
Suhas Chandra Sen, J. - I agree