The Kerala High Court recently had directed the GST council to help elaborate on why petrol and diesel were not included under the label of Goods and Services Tax.
A particular Division Bench which was inclusive of Chief Justice Mani Kumar and Justice Shaji had asked the council of GST to file a statement with respect to this within 10 days. The Court was acting with regards to a petition that was filed by the Kerala Gandhi Darshanvedhi which went against the GST Council’s decision.
The petitioner, who was represented by Advocate Varghese Arun, had stated in his argument that it was due to the different rates of tax that was being levied by the State governments according to their fragment taxing policies, that currently petrol and diesel were being charged differently at different prices across the country.
In accordance with the petitioner’s statement, this was coming in the way of achieving a so-called harmonized national market which was contemplated under Article 279 of the Indian Constitution.