HYDERABAD: A division bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Thursday pulled up the GHMC for allegedly disconnecting water and electricity supply to residences of property tax defaulters.
The bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyothi Sengupta and justice PV Sanjay Kumar was dealing with a batch of petitions complaining undue property tax demands and coercive actions like disconnection of essential services like water, electricity etc.
The bench sought to know from the GHMC counsel whether the GHMC commissioner was aware that the GHMC Act itself does not support his actions. It appears that the GHMC Commissioner (Somesh Kumar) is behaving like a monarch and acting as if he is the Nizam of Hyderabad, the bench remarked.
The bench made these remarks while hearing a petition filed by J Jayapal of Ranga Reddy district who challenged the property tax demand notices served on him and questioned the GHMC actions like disconnecting water and power connections to his house.
“You don’t supply water and electricity. You only collect garbage from the houses. Then how can you disconnect the services that you don’t offer? Your order needs to be set aside. If you continue to indulge in this kind of actions, then serious consequences will follow,’’ the bench warned the GHMC and directed it to hear the parties afresh and solve the issue in a week. It also restrained the GHMC from taking any coercive steps.