BENGALURU: The High Court on Monday ordered the United Breweries Limited and Khodays India Limited to pay entry tax for transportation of products such as barley malt, maize and hops used to manufacture beer.
While allowing the civil revision petitions filed by the state government, the division bench of Justice Vineet Saran and Justice B V Nagarathna pronounced the judgment on Monday.
The bench asked both the companies to pay entry tax as per the Karnataka Tax on Entry of Goods Act, 1979.
In its petitions, the government argued these are processed goods and hence these companies have to pay entry-tax.
The companies contended that they will not pay entry tax as these products are agriculture products.
State Gets Notice
The High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Secretary, Department of and Registrar General of High Court in response to a PIL filed by advocates seeking directions to the state to supply electricity free of cost to all Bar associations. The petitioner advocates were B V Thilak and BV Srinivas, both brothers.
PU Dept Told to Evaluate Carefully
The High Court on Monday directed the Department of Pre-university Education to take extra care next year so as to prevent discrepancies in the evaluation process and delay in furnishing photocopies of answer scripts to second PU students.
The division bench was disposing of the PIL filed by Rajarajeshwari Akshaya Trust. The bench observed that a 5 to 10 days gap should be given to students to get remedies of revaluation or supplementary exam.
The trust had sought direction for re-examination for students who missed the supplementary exams due to delay in supplying copies of answer scripts during 2014-15. The trust said photocopies of answer scripts were given a day after the exam.
State to Review Madrassa Books
The court asked the government to check the presence of any objectionable content in textbooks of madrassas. Hearing the petitions filed by Mohammed Iqbal and others, which challenged the adoption of textbooks in madrasas, the division bench of acting Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice B V Nagarathna directed the government to ask experts to check the same. The matter was adjourned for three weeks.