The Law On Use Of Secret Comparables In Transfer Pricing
Hon’ble Dr. Justice Vineet Kothari, Judge, Rajasthan High Court
The question whether the TPO is entitled to rely on secret comparables whilst determining the ALP of an international transaction has been the subject matter of great controversy. The learned Judge, who is also a qualified CA and CS, has carefully analyzed the entire law on the subject and explained it with great clarity. He has also provided perspective on the proper procedure that the TPO has to follow while determining the ALP
In the present paper, I propose to deal with some of the cases decided in India in last couple of years by High Courts and Income Tax Tribunal on the issue which I am expected to deal, namely, the comparability of secret comparables by TPO while determining ALP.
I should inform you, the fellow members, that there are very few decided & reported cases yet from higher appellate & Constitutional Courts like Supreme Court of India at Delhi and 24 High Courts, from one of which, Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur from where I come.