COVID-19: SC stays HC Order of not levying Taxes till April 6[Read Order]

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On Friday, the Apex Court stayed an order of the High Court of Kerala directing authorities not to levy taxes & recover banks’ dues from people till April 6 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar took note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the Centre, that the High Court of Kerala order needed to be stayed.

Mehta told the bench that a similar order had been passed by the High Court of Allahabad too.

He said the authorities were conscious of the difficulties faced by the people amid the coronavirus situation & they would be evolving a proper mechanism to ensure people don’t face problems.

Mehta said various taxes, including the goods & services tax, were also payable online & the high court should not have passed such an order.

The Supreme Court granted an ex-parte order on Centre’s petition & issued notice to the persons who had moved the High Court of Kerala with the petition.

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