Monks challenge new taxes in Court

Two leading Buddhist Monks have filed a fundamental rights application in the Supreme Court against three new taxes gazetted recently.

The Ven. Thiniyawala Palitha Thera and the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera are challenging the new taxes on motor vehicles, on the use of bulbs exceeding 40 watts and the cellular phones.

The tax on the use of bulbs with excess wattage is Rs. 3 per bulbs except the compact fluorescent bulbs.

A new tax of two per cent on the calculated environment conservation levy is to be imposed on the use of mobile phones.

The petitioners said that in keeping with the current cost of living, the people were unable to bear this burden and the Court should quash this regulation imposed by the finance ministry.

The first respondent is Dr. P. B. Jayasundara. Among other respondents are Finance Minister President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Central Environment Authority, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and the Attorney General.

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