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HC puts GHMC order in abeyance

HC puts GHMC order in abeyance
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A two-judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad on Thursday directed officials of the GHMC to keep in abeyance its order of disconnecting essential services to M/s. NSL Renewable Power Pvt Ltd for lack of payment of tax. The bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyothi Sengupta and Justice PV Sanjay Kumar was dealing with a petition filed by the company

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A two-judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad on Thursday directed officials of the GHMC to keep in abeyance its order of disconnecting essential services to M/s. NSL Renewable Power Pvt Ltd for lack of payment of tax. The bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyothi Sengupta and Justice PV Sanjay Kumar was dealing with a petition filed by the company challenging the order of the GHMC.

The petitioner said that GHMC had no jurisdiction in cancelling essential services like water supply, electricity and drainage. The petitioner said that the GHMC had issued a notice asking the petitioner to pay arrears of tax worth Rs 23. 42 lakhs within 48 hours otherwise the essential services would be disconnected. The counsel for the petitioner said that the GHMC had no jurisdiction as Hyderabad Metro Water Works and Sewerage Board has been providing the water and sewerage services and the Central Power Distribution has been extending the electricity services.

The bench held that essential services, which are provided by the Municipal Corporation, can be disrupted or disconnected but the essential services provided by the third parties can’t be disrupted by the Corporation. The bench directed the Corporation to depute any competent officer to consider the petitioner’s representation and pass fresh orders exercise within a period of six weeks.

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