- Pillai, a retired professor had filed a petition at the Bombay High Court. In the middle of this year, in July 1, 2017, the Union Government had implemented a major tax reform. The Goods and Services Tax was implemented in the middle of this financial year. Professor Pillar had challenged this decision about implementing the GST, in this manner. This litigation, of public interest was dismissed on July 11, 2017 by the Bombay High Court. The litigation deferred implementation of the GST till the beginning of the coming financial year.
Existing taxes levied by the State and Centre have now been replaced by the indirect tax system, i.e. the GST which was rolled out on July 1, 2017. The petition was opposed by the Union government which stated that the decision made for GST implementation had been considered by the Parliament. It also stated that, it was in public interest that the Goods and Service Tax was implemented.
Mr.Anil Singh, who appeared at the court, for the government, made an argument that as long as the Parliament has given its sanction, no prohibition in law prevails to stop the government from GST implementation any time during the year.