SHC directs govt to stop collecting KMC tax till next hearing
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday directed provincial government to stop collection of the Municipal Utility Charges and Taxes (MUCT) for the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) through electricity bills of the K-Electric till the next hearing.
The directive came during the hearing of a plea filed by Jamat-e-Islami leader Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman, against the collection of Municipal Utility Charges and Taxes (MUCT) for the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) through K Electric’s electricity bills.
The Sindh High Court heard the application of KMC tax collection by K Electric, during the hearing Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wabab appeared in the court.
On September 23, Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi leader Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman and others filed the petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) that the MUCT were implemented in light of the resolution passed by the Administrator Karachi, which was illegal and contrary to the provisions of the law.
He demanded that the collection of municipal utility charges and taxes through electricity bills should be declared illegal and the practice of linking such taxes to electricity consumption should be cancelled.
Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman requested the Sindh High Court to nullify the resolution signed by the administrator and bar K-Electric from collecting municipal utility charges and taxes in electricity bills.