Deduction u/s 54F available even if flat purchased in daughter's name

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Briefly the facts are during the relevant previous year, the assessee has sold 1,10,000 shares for a consideration of Rs.96,36,519. Out of sale consideration of shares, the assessee invested a sum of Rs.55,68,662/- for purchasing a flat in the name of his minor daughter. The assessee claimed the amount invested in purchase of flat as a deduction u/s 54F (1) of the Act. The AO disallowed the deduction claimed on the ground that the flat was not purchased by the assessee in his own name. The AO relying upon different High Courts’ decisions and also a decision of ITAT, Nagpur Bench in case of ITO vs. Prakash Timaji Dhanjode 258 ITR (AT) 0114 held that the assessee is not entitled for deduction u/s 54F(i). Assessee being aggrieved by the assessmentorder filed an appeal before the CIT (A). Since the AR of the assessee or no one appeared before the CIT (A) on the last date fixed on 28-11-2011 the appeal was decided by the CIT (A) on the basis of statement of facts and grounds of appeal filed before him. The CIT (A) upheld the reasoning of the AO that since the property was purchased in the name of the assessee’s doughter and not in the name of the assessee himself, no deduction u/s 54F can be allowed.
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