The Bombay high court on Wednesday has restrained the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) from taking any coercive steps against the trust run by the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Charitable Hospital at Four Bungalows in Andheri west.
A division bench of justice DK Deshmukh and justice Rajesh Ketkar was hearing a petition filed by Malati Vasant Heart Trust challenging the notice issued by the assistant assessor and collector (property tax) of K west ward on January 19, 2011, demanding property tax of Rs4.64 crore.
The BMC refused to grant exemption saying that the hospital is run by a private trust and not a charitable one.
Trustees Anil Ambani, Tina Ambani, Kokilaben Ambani and Dr. Alka Mandke filed the petition on behalf of the trust.
Rafiq Dada, counsel for the petitioners, ensured the court that the trust will pay 50% of the amount demanded as property tax till final order.
The petition stated that the petitioner satisfied all the conditions for receiving the benefits of a hospital run by a charitable trust.
It states: “Land and building of the trust (hospital) are exclusively occupied for charitable purpose. 15% of beds are earmarked for weaker section of the society.”
Dada said the trust has been granted exemption from paying income tax by the office of the charity commissioner. The court has clubbed the trust’s petition along with the petition by other private charitable hospitals, due to come up for hearing.