A Full Court farewell function was held at Hyderabad. Honourable Mr. R. S. Syal Vice- President, Delhi, presided over the farewell function.

Representatives from various professional organisations and Commissioners (DRs) spoke on the occasion and wished him a happy and prosperous retired life.

Letter addressed by the President of the ITAT, Bar Association, Mumbai, reads as under :

“The members of the ITAT Bar Association Mumbai had the privilege of appearing before Your Honour for more than 10 years. Your in-depth knowledge on law and procedure have always been appreciated and acknowledged by members of the Bar. During your tenure as Vice-President of the ITAT at Mumbai, we had many occasions to interact with Your Honour on various administrative issues. We found that these were addressed by Your Honour to our satisfaction.”

Letter addressed by the National President of the AIFTP reads as under:

“Members of the All India Federation of Tax Practitioners had great honour of interacting with you and taking guidance from time- to-time. Your honour has addressed the students from the time, when the AIFTP in association with ITAT Bar Association, Mumbai had organised the N. A. Palkhivala Memorial National Tax Moot Court Competition in Mumbai. The address of your “How to argue matters in Court and become a better lawyer”, which was published on itatonline.org, is read by the students and young professionals regularly. In your speech, you have shared invaluable tips on how young professionals should argue matters in court and become better advocates. Sincerity to the Court and client, mastery over the facts and law, an ability to work hard and tirelessly and never-say-die attitude are necessary attributes for success in the legal profession. Your honour has rendered many landmark judgments which are affirmed by High Court and Apex Court. In Dy.CIT v. Prescon Builders P. Ltd. (2015) 171 TTJ 788 (Mum.) (Trib.) stricture is passed against the AO for not following the direction of the Tribunal. Your 
in-depth knowledge on law and procedure is well appreciated by the Tax Bar across the country.” CA Hemendra V. Shah from Hyderabad spoke on the occasion on behalf of AIFTP.

Speaking on the occasion, Honourable Mr. D. Manmohan, Vice-President, thanked the President, Vice-President, Member-Colleagues, members of the Bar, departmental representatives and others who have helped him to discharges his duties without any fear or favour. He mentioned about his journey during the service and before the service, the working experience with Member Colleagues and professionals, the administrative side of ITAT, the Vice-Presidency, etc. amongst various other aspects of his life.

One of the Paragraphs from his speech has been quoted here:

“Calcutta being the first capital of India and Bombay being the Financial Capital of India, there is a scope for tax planning backed by very skilfull chartered accountnts and naturally the cases which come up before the Tribunal also involve intricate questions of law and fact. The stakes involved in such cases being high, commensurately top notch lawyers are engaged, and thus I had the good fortune of hearing and learning from good counsels from Mumbai, Calcutta, etc.”

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