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THE BBMP COMMISSIONER AND “ARO” VIOLATES SECTION 110 (H) (1) (A) OF THE KMC ACT “ARO” OF ARAKERE TO PASS FRESH ORDERS

 
 
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THE BBMP COMMISSIONER AND “ARO” VIOLATES SECTION 110 (H) (1) (A) OF THE KMC ACT “ARO” OF ARAKERE TO PASS FRESH ORDERS
by System Administrator - Saturday, 15 July 2017, 3:48 AM
 

By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Reportedly the high court on 11-07-2017 granted a week to Prakash, Assistant Revenue Officer (ARO) of Arakere, to pass fresh orders in relation to imposition of property tax on Aradhana School on Bannerghatta Road, after classifying that the property was being used for commercial purposes. Sisters of Precious Blood, a charitable society, runs the school.Observing that the order passed by the BBMP `shocked the conscience of the citizens', Justice Vineet Kothari said both the ARO and commissioner N Manjunath Prasad need not be present on July 19, the next date of hearing, if they pass a sensible order in the matter. "Based on your report, the commissioner passed the order. Who went to the school? How many children were learning karate and dance? How do you feel that these activities are not part of education? Do you feel that a school does not remain a school with these activities?" the judge asked the ARO. The ARO said 20-30 students were attending karate classes and 10-15 were learning dance and the school is collecting extra fees for the same. He, however, apologized to the court. The commissioner said he intends to visit the school.The institution has sought tax exemp tion under Section 110 of KMC Act on four occasions between August 17, 2009 and March 8, 2016, and all the representations were kept in cold storage. The BBMP officials visited the school on April 11, 2016 with a view to seize and seal the premises as a measure of punishment, claiming that it had not paid Rs 27 lakh property tax dues, the complaint stated. The school has challenged the December 28, 2016 order passed by the BBMP commissioner based on the report of ARO that the school is not entitled to seek tax exemption.A notice was issued on March 16, 2017 by the ARO asking the petitioner-institution to pay Rs 25.06 lakh as tax for 2008-09 to 2015-16 with interest.