TSPSC: HC refuses to extend stay

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Justice C Praveen Kumar of the High Court at Hyderabad on Thursday refused to extend the stay on the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) to carry out certificates verification of selected candidates for Group II posts. The judge was dealing with a batch of petitions challenging the action of the Commission in considering the candidates who used the whiteners on their OMR sheets while providing their personal information in the written examination conducted for Group II posts. Senior counsel Surender Rao appearing for the petitioners contended that it was impossible to rule out fraud or manipulation as there was no bifurcation between the personal information of the candidates and the performance of the candidates and with the use of whiteners and double bubbling. Justice Praveen Kumar directed the Commission to provide the list of candidates who have used the whitener to the counsels of the petitioners and place the OMR sheets of the candidates who used the whitener before the court by October 3.

 

Multiple Taxes

A two judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Shankar Narayana on Thursday ordered notice to the authorities to respond to collection of multiple taxes on a single item. The bench was dealing with a petition filed by S Raj Kumar and other advocates questioning the validity of Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 and The Telangana State Goods and Services Act, 2017. They complained that for a single breakfast in a hotel they have been taxed twice – once by the Central government and again by the State government. The bench directed Centre, Telangana government, GST Council and the restaurant management to respond and adjourned the matter by three weeks.

 

RoC faces court’s ire for delay

The Registrar of Companies (RoC) on Thursday attended a hearing presided by Justice MS Ramachandra Rao after the court summoned him in a case of delayed filing of audit reports by a company. Earlier, the judge wanted to know if the company, against which the petition was filed, submitted the annual reports required as per law. The judge noticed that despite being granted sufficient time, the RoC failed to respond and submit the report. The Registrar presented himself in court, apologised for the communication gap and submitted the report. The Judge accepted the statement and made clear that his presence was no longer required in the case.

HC adjourns writ pleas of firm

The Hyderabad High Court adjourned a batch of writ pleas filed by Gultare Energy Projects Pvt Ltd on Thursday. The company challenged the order of the AP government in demanding VAT for certain transactions of sale and lease of vessel (ship) to its sister companies. A two-judge Bench, comprising Justices V Ramasubramanian and T Rajani, adjourned the case to next week. It was a case of revenue that the transactions are sham and the assesse is bound to pay tax. According to the revenue, the companies indulged in the sale of the four vessels and lease of the same to the original owner and thereby cause a loss of over Rs 36 crore. The Appellate Authority also rejected the claim of the petitioners. The petitioners also questioned the imposition of a penalty of Rs 36 crore.

Essel Group granted time

A two judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising justice V Ramasubramanian and Justice SV Bhatt on Thursday granted time to the Essel group to do its due diligence for the possible takeover of the Agri Gold group of companies, their assets and management. The bench also took on file the demand draft from the earlier bidder for the Nuzvid lands to pay the bid amount. The bench directed Delloite, which had made an intervening application to delegate personal to precede with the meeting of the directors of the Agrigold and take all further steps of scrutiny of documents. The bench also required the intervener (Essel Group) to deposit Rs 10 crore with in a period of four weeks. The bench made clear that it would not put on hold the ongoing piece meal auction of various properties and directed the government to take further steps for the 24 other identified properties.

Emmar case

Justice Dr P Shiv Shanker Rao of the High Court at Hyderabad on Thursday heard inconclusive arguments of former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi in the Emmar MGF corruption case. Koneru Madhu, Dubai industrialist contented that the allegation of cheating and criminal breach of trust made against him were totally baseless. Counsel for the CBI will respond next week.

 

Court refuses to interfere with order of single judge

A two judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice J Uma Devi on Thursday refused to interfere with an order of a single judge who directed the police chief of Hyderabad to initiate criminal action against a police officer for his alleged high-handed behaviour. One Aruna Mopal had complained that the Station House Officer had entered her house and threatened her. The judge on verification at the admission stage found prima facie substance in the allegation and directed the police chief to take action. Aggrieved by the said order, the SHO Maheshwar Rao (Jawahar Nagar PS) filed the appeal. He however withdrew the appeal with liberty to move the single judge with a review application.