BERHAMPUR: The Orissa Excessive Court docket on Tuesday directed the Berhampur Municipal Company (BeMC) to gather holding tax as per the previous price.
Listening to a writ petition filed by Congress chief and lawyer Pitabas Panda, Justice Biswanath Rath, in an interim order, mentioned the petitioner shall proceed to pay the tax as per the speed earlier to the revision which might be topic to final result of the case.
The courtroom, nevertheless, declined to intervene with the consumer charge. Any counter will be filed inside eight weeks, it mentioned. Final 12 months, BeMC had elevated the holding and property taxes within the Silk Metropolis. Regardless of public resentment, the civic physique collected the tax on the enhanced price.
Panda moved the HC and filed a writ petition in March this 12 months with the BeMC, Ganjam Collector and the State authorities as reverse events. Within the petition, Panda acknowledged that the Odisha Municipal Company Act was sidelined whereas notification to this impact was issued with out holding a public listening to.
He appealed to the HC to hunt reply from the State authorities as to why this choice was taken in a rush.
The tenure of elected representatives of BeMC ended on September, 2018 whereas no elections have been held for varied posts together with the Mayor since then.
The Collector has been assigned the extra accountability of the civic physique’s administrator.
“On this state of affairs, enhancing holding tax is against the law. It needs to be scrapped instantly,” Panda added. Regardless of repeated makes an attempt, no BeMC official was accessible for remark.