Staff Reporter

High Courtround-up

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Friday held that the State Government could not collect sales tax or licence fee from the dealers engaged in the sale of lottery tickets.

Justice K. Balakrishnan Nair made the observation while allowing a batch of writ petitions filed by lottery dealers challenging the notices issued to them for collection of taxes and licence fee.

The petitioners contended that the Supreme Court had in the Sunrise Associates case held that no tax could be collected in connection with the sale of lottery tickets. The apex court had also held that the State Government would not be liable to refund the tax already collected nor collect any tax for the period prior to the date of the judgment dated July 27, 2006.

The High Court said that the issue of notice for collecting tax and licence fee was illegal. Accused gets bail

Justice V. Ramakumar granted bail to the sixth accused in the Kanichukulangara murder case, Sajith.

The court ordered that he be released on his executing a bond for Rs.50,000 with two solvent to the satisfaction of the Judicial First Class Magistrate, Alappuzha. The other conditions included reporting before the investigation officer on all Wednesdays, surrendering his passports, if any, before the magistrate court and not leaving the State without the permission of the court. The court granted him the bail on the ground that he had been in custody for over 90 days. The prosecution was not able to file a proper supplementary final report after interrogating the sixth accused.