SC overrules preliminary objections of DSG

Liquor manufacturers challenge Rs 200 million monthly tax



 By Chitra Weerarathne


The Supreme Court yesterday, overruled the preliminary objection taken by the Deputy Solicitor General, who said that the liquor manufacturers had failed to complain to the court within 30 days of the last budget. Hence they could not come within Article 126 of the constitution.


 The Court in over-ruling that preliminary objection declared that the copy of the gazette, which specified a monthly tax of Rs. 200 million, was available to the petitioners only on February 27, 2015. The petitioners had filed their fundamental rights petitions within 30 day from that date. They came within the Article 126 of the constitution.


 The four petitions filed by ACME Lanka Distilleries Private Limited and three other liquor manufacturers were fixed for hearing on August 3, 2015. Counsel Chula Bandara appeared for the first petitioner ACME Lanka.


The Deputy Solicitor General, Viraj Dayaratne appeared for the first respondent, the Minister of Finance.  


The Bench comprised Chief Justice K. Sripavan, Justice Priyasarth Dep and Justice Rohini Marasinghe.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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