Copy of challan used for depositing TDS sought - computerized receipt provided - Appellant: the bank had put the TDS into some other PAN number, as a result of which he did not get the IT benefit - CIC: inform the position pertaining to counterfoil
In response to a request for a certified copy of challan used for depositing TDS, the bank provided a computerized receipt – Bank: counterfoils are sent to their central office for onward process and as a practice, it does not retain the counterfoils - Bank: the computerized receipt is as good as the challan as it is duly verified - Appellant: the bank had put the TDS into some other PAN number, as a result of which he did not get the income tax benefit to which he was entitled to and hence he had to pay the additional amount - CIC: inform the appellant about the position pertaining to the counterfoil in context of the RTI application
O R D E R
1. The appellant filed an RTI application with the PIO on 11.7.2012 seeking certified copy of challan used for depositing TDS on 29.3.2010. The CPIO provided the copy of the TDS challan on 6.8.2012.
2. Not satisfied with the reply of the PIO, the appellant filed an appeal on 31.8.2012 with the first appellate authority (FAA). The FAA upheld the reply of CPIO on 28.9.2012. The appellant approached the Commission on 19.10.2012 in second appeal.
3. The appellant and the respondent both participated in the hearing through video conferencing.
4. The appellant stated that he had made an RTI application on 11.7.2012 for seeking a document from the bank, but the bank is not providing that document, which is the appellant’s own paper and hence there should be no reason for the bank to deny that document. The appellant stated that he had sought from the bank a copy of the counterfoil of the TDS deposit that he had made in the bank on 29.3.2010, but the bank has not given me that paper.
5. The respondent stated that the bank has made available a computerized receipt, which is as good as the challan which the appellant is seeking. The respondent explained that they do not have with them the counterfoil submitted by the appellant because these counterfoils are regularly sent by the bank to their central office for onward process and as a practice, the bank does not retain the counterfoils. The respondent said that the computerized receipt which has been given is as good as the challan as it is duly verified.
6. The appellant stated that there is a reason why he wants the copy of the counterfoil of challan. The appellant explained that he had deposited a TDS, but the bank had carelessly put the money into some other PAN number, as a result of which he did not get the income tax benefit to which he was entitled to and hence he had to pay the additional amount.
7. The respondent stated that this fact which the appellant is now saying, was not in their knowledge, nor did he made it clear in his RTI application.
8. The response of the bank should clearly state the facts about the counterfoil.
9. The respondent is directed to inform the appellant, within 30 days of this order, about the position pertaining to the counterfoil in context of the RTI application and the hearing in the Commission. The appeal is disposed of. Copy of the decision be given free of cost to both the parties.
Citation: Shri Nasir Hussan Islahi v. State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur in Decision No. CIC/VS/A/2012/001669/05121