Saturday December 29 2007 11:22 IST
HOSUR: Hosur municipality is likely to land in fresh trouble as some of the tax payers have issued legal notices to initiate contempt of court proceedings against it, following an error in the tax defaulters’ advertisement.
The incident dates back to 1997, when local people started protesting against the municipality over the reported disparity in fixing property tax.
At that time, a few tax payers approached the Madras High Court and got a stay order against the municipality in the property tax issue.
Meanwhile, based on the representation by Hosur MLA Gopinath, the State government deputed a committee to review the issue of property tax.
Based on the recommendations by the committee, a Government Order (G.O. No.89), dated June 21, 2007, was issued ordering reduction of property tax slabs by 50 percent for A, B and C zones.
However, the municipal officials, particularly bill collectors, did not follow the GO and the disparity in fixing the property tax still showed up, said Jai Anand, a DMK councillor and municipal tax committee member .
According to him, the municipal officials had displayed mega-sized banners carrying the names of tax defaulters in prime locations in Hosur town, without the consent of the elected council.
Moreover, the municipality also committed a big error by notifying the names of tax payers, who got stay orders in the High Court against the municipality over the property tax issue.
For instance, the name of M Jayaramiah, who got a stay order against the municipality in High Court in 2003, was prominently displayed in the tax defaulters’ advertisement.
Talking to this website’s newspaper, Jayaramiah said the municipality officials were forcefully serving notices to the taxpayers, even after getting the court’s stay order.
“Now I plan to take up contempt of court proceedings against the municipality, besides filing a defamation suit for wrongly notifying my name,” he said.
Congress councillor S Venugopal said the municipal officials were misguiding the higher authorities and misusing the GO 89.
Stating that the Hosur municipality is operating without a Commissioner for the past one year, Venugopal appealed to the District Collector to interfere in the matter.
THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS