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Delhi HC Issues Notice to Delhi Government on the Levy of ‘Special Corona Fee’ on Liquor

Lawstreet Journal 16 May 2020 8:40pm

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Delhi High Court on Friday issued a notice in response to a plea challenging the 70% of “Special Corona Fees” levied by the Delhi Government on the sale of liquor.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Hari Shankar issued a notice to the Delhi Government and said that they will take up the matter next on May 29, 2020.

PIL filed by the Advocates in the said matter:

Last week, a PIL has been filed before the Delhi High Court on the matter of “Special Corona Fees” levied by the Delhi Government on the purchase of liquor.

The PIL was filed through Advocated Lalit Valecha, Manu Prabhakar, Sadaf Iliyas Khan, Tushar Anand, and Abhinav Meen.

The main petitioner, Lalit Valecha claimed that levying 70% Fee over and above the Maximum Retail Price inclusive of all taxes, duties, and levies, is without the authority of law and is arbitrary in nature. 

The petition further stated that there is no mention of any kind of “Special Fee” that can be imposed and included as part of excise revenue as per Section 26 of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009.

Apart from the above contentions, the petitioner also claimed that “Special Corona Fees” is unjustifiable, arbitrary, and highly excessive and is too much for the common man to bear especially when every person has been suffering financially due to the circumstances arising out of COVID-19.

Given the above point, the petitioner prayed for directions to revoke the levy of 70% Special fees on liquor.

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