In a surprising move, the toll levy contractor SMYR consortium today appeared before Supreme Court and expressed inability to make the collection of environment compensation charge imposed by the apex court on polluting commercial vehicles entering Delhi citing several problems including financial loss.Making its points clear through senior lawyer Shyam Divan who represented them, SMYR requested the court to recall its October 9 order for levy of Rs 700 and Rs 1,300 from commercial vehicles or allow it to opt out of the tax collection job.The company said such a direction should not have been passed without giving it a hearing as it had several repercussions and a huge duty had been cast on it which could even lead to massive financial losses to it.The submissions came after the bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu took serious note of SMYR’s refusal to collect environment compensation charge from November 1 to 6 and threatened contempt of court action if it continued to do so.“From newspaper reports we came to know that from November 1 to November 6 no tax was collected. Why ? We are seeing highest pollution in Delhi. People dread to go out. If contractors disobey our… Read full this story
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