Cable operators of Punjab have filed a writ petition in the High Court of Punjab and Haryana on 29th may 2015 challenging the notice issued by the State Excise Department for recovery of service tax arrears.
The petition has been filed by Punjab Cable operators associations and Jalandhar Cable operators society. Kamaljeet Arora, President of the Jalandhar association, T.S Bedi from Model Town and Kuldeep Singh, President Amritsar Cable operators association were present in the court, when the High Court accepted the petition and has asked the state government to issue a speaking order in the matter within three weeks, after which the court will issue its judgment.
A speaking order is an order giving a statement of findings and conclusions and full reasons or basis of the order.
Operators had also approached the State Finance Minister submitting a memorandum stating that an LCO is not liable to pay the tax while he gets the signal from an MSO. Fastway MSO has the license for whole of Punjab and gives signals to these LCOs. Operators have stated that if Fastway has already paid the tax to the government, how the government can ask them to pay it again.
Operators have appealed to the High Court that the government must reply to their memorandum before taking any further action against them.