Gift received by assessee on occasion of his daughter’s marriage won’t be exempt as the word individual appearing in proviso to sub-clause (vi) of sec. 56(2) relates to marriage of assessee and not of his daughter.

The High Court held as under:

1) Proviso to sec. 56(2)(vi) provides that gift received on the occasion of the marriage of an individual would be exempt from tax. There is no ambiguity in such proviso;

2) The expression “individual” appearing in proviso (b) to section 56(2)(vi) of the Act, is preceded by the word “marriage” and, therefore, relates to the marriage of the individual concerned, i.e., the assessee and not to the marriage of any other person related to him in whatsoever degree, whether as his daughter or son;

3) The expression “marriage of the individual” is unambiguous in its intent and does not admit of an interpretation, that it would include an amount received on the marriage of a daughter;

4) If the Legislature had intended that gifts received on the occasion of marriage of the assessee’s children would be exempted, nothing would prevent the Legislature from adding the words “or his children”, after the words “marriage of the individual”;

5) Thus, in view of unambiguous legislative intent appearing in the proviso, the addition made to the appellant’s income on account of gifts received on the occasion of his daughter’s marriage was to be affirmed – RAJINDER MOHAN LAL V. DY.CIT (2013) 36 250 (Punjab & Haryana)

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