Kochi HC Strikes Down 'Mangalya Nidi' Tax on Weddings
Kerala High Court has struck down as unconstitutional the state government's decision to levy a 'Mangalya Nidi' cess on weddings and associated celebrations from auditoriums and hotels of three star category and above.
Allowing a batch of petitions filed by owners of auditoriums of Kollam and Kasaragod districts, challenging the government's decision to levy the cess, Justice K Vinod Chandran observed that the levy was not a fee and could only be treated as tax.
The court held that the legislation was ultra vires of the power of the state legislature as conferred by the Constitution and the state has 'no right to levy and collect the cess'.
The petitioners had submitted that it was a tax on marriage for which the state legislature had no jurisdiction. The cess would offend the practising religion as the functions related to marriages were part of religious ceremonies.
Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani had in the 2013 budget introduced the three per cent cess on the expenses related to celebrations held in connection with marriages.
However, later a fixed slab was introduced at Rs 10,000 for AC auditoriums and Rs 5000 for non-AC auditoriums in corporation and municipal areas. Cess of Rs 7500 and Rs 3000 were levied in panchayat areas for AC and Non-AC auditoriums respectively.
The government stated that funds generated from the cess would be used for providing financial help to those belonging to poor families to conduct marriages.
FROM OUTLOOKTax ReformsA Government committee recommends radical income tax reforms, which would drastically change tax liabilities. Strangely, that's good news...more from outlook>>>
FROM THE WEBTo the horror of many, several Scandinavian countrmore from WEB>>>
FROM WIRESThe Income Tax Department is independently probingmore from WIRES>>>
- No Explanation, No Opportunity to Defend Myself, Says Mistry in an Explosive Mail to Board Members
- Modi-Key Talks: NZ Assures 'Constructive' Approach on NSG Bid
- Akhilesh Briefs Governor Ram Naik on Political Situation in UP
- Former Karnataka CM B.S. Yeddyurappa Acquitted of Corruption Charges
- Manipuri Student's Body Found in JNU Hostel Room
- Paul Beatty Becomes the First American to Win Booker Prize
- Neeraj Pandey's Ouch Takes on the Complexities of a Relationship
- Watch: Svetlana Kuznetsova Snips Her Hair And Bosses The Match
- Daily Curator: After Board Says Tata to Cyrus, Bombay HC May Have a Case to Hear
- Should You Be Worried About H5N8 Bird Flu? A Quick Guide To The Alphabet Soup
- Watch: The Trailer of Hugh Jackman's Last Wolverine Film, Logan
- Daily Curator: It's All About The Family
- Police Registers Assault Case Against AAP MLA Amantullah Khan
- PM Asks Officials to Analyze World Bank Report Which Ranked India 130th
- Cabinet May Consider Advancing Budget to Feb 1
- UNESCO Approves Resolution on Jerusalem That Israel Says Denies Judaism's Ties to Temple Mount
- 26/11: India Not Responding to Pak Request to Send Witnesses, Says Prosecution
- Pak Lawmakers Slam Cricketers for Doing Push-Ups After Match Win Instead of Praying
- MOST VIEWED
- MOST COMMENTED