Procedure when assessee claims identical question of law is pending before High Court or Supreme Court
(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, where an assessee claims that any question of law arising in his case for an assessment year, which is pending before the assessing authority (such case being hereafter in this section referred to as the relevant case) is identical with a question of law arising in his case for another assessment year, which is pending before the High Court or Supreme Court (such case being hereafter in this section referred to as the other case), he may furnish to the assessing authority a declaration in the prescribed form for verification in the prescribed manner and if the assessing authority agrees to apply in the relevant case the final decision on the question of law in the other case, he shall not raise such question of law in the relevant case.
(2) The assessing authority may, by order, in writing, –
(i) admit the claim of the assessee if it is satisfied that the question of law arising in the relevant case is identical with the question of law in the other case; or
(ii) reject the claim if it is not satisfied.
(3) Where a claim is admitted under subsection (2), the assessing authority may pass an order disposing of the relevant case without awaiting the final decision on the question of law in the other case.
(4) When the decision on the question of law in the other case becomes final, it shall be applied to the relevant case and the assessing authority shall, if necessary, amend the order referred to in sub-section (3) in conformity with such decision.
(5) An order under sub-section (2) shall be final and shall not be called in question in any proceeding by way of appeal, reference or revision under this Act.
Explanation. – ‘Case’ in relation to an assessee means any proceeding under this Act for the assessment of the turnover of the assessee or for the imposition of any penalty on him.