CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed the State government and the Corporation of Chennai not to take any coercive action against the private unaided educational institutions, which are given exemption from the applicability of Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act for payment of property tax, for not paying the same.
The first bench gave the direction when a PIL petition from Monfort Academy Matriculation Higher Secondary School came up on Friday. It ordered notice to the government Pleader, returnable in two weeks.
The PIL sought to declare as illegal the TN Municipal Laws which amended Sec. 101 (c) of the Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act, 1919, cancelling the exemption granted to the buildings used for unaided educational institutions.
The petitioner said they were also exempted from payment of tax. While so, the government cancelled the exemption for the buildings used for educational purpose except for those run by the government and aided by the government. Hence, the present petition.