The Supreme Court on Monday criticised the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for filing an ‘incomplete affidavit’ in a case related to house tax filed by the Gurgaon Citizens’ Council (GCC).
The MCG failed to give a satisfactory answer when the court asked whether the civic body has started providing basic amenities such as water supply, drainage connection and sanitation to the people living in colonies developed by private builders.
The court told the MCG to first take private localities under its fold and start providing basic facilities before levying tax.
The court also wanted to know whether the MCG had waived house tax for two years. The civic body was given 10 days to file its reply.
“The MCG recently claimed that it had waived house tax for a period from 2008 to 2010. If it had done so, then it should have submitted relevant documents in the court. But it didn't do so. The MCG has no intention to waive taxes. All it wants is to misguide the court,” said Nivedita Sharma, the lawyer for Gurgaon residents.
The GCC had moved the Supreme Court after the civic body served house tax notices to residents living in private colonies. “The MCG imposed house tax on us though we have been paying maintenance fee to our respective builders. The MCG should first take charge of maintenance in our colonies and then impose tax,” said RS Rathee, chairman, GCC.
“We would be filing a fresh affidavit with relevant documents in court. We would place a copy of Haryana government’s house tax policy before the court, which would clear the air on the tax issue,” said Sudhir Rajpal, MCG commissioner.