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June 30, 2017

Bombay HC Reserves Order In PIL Seeking Deferment Of Implementation Of GST Rollout


On June 29, a division bench of Justices V K Tahilramani and Sandeep Shinde of the Bombay High Court reserved its order after hearing both sides in a PIL seeking deferment of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax Act (GST) till the next financial year of 2018-19.

Appearing for the Central government, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh informed the bench that the decision to implement the GST had been carefully considered by the Parliament and that its implementation was in public interest.

"There is no prohibition in law to prevent the government from implementing any tax reform at any point in the year as long as it has the sanction of the Parliament," Singh said.

Anil Singh submitted that over 6.5 million people have already migrated under the Goods and Services Tax network, thereby, ruling out any possibility of deferment.

Although the petitioner has expressed skepticism at the “preparedness” of the government machinery in the Centre and the states, the big rollout is set to take place in a few days on July 1.

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