Special Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR: Several leading legal luminaries on Sunday stressed the need for taxpayer-friendly laws that would not give scope for evasion of taxes and facilitate true federal relations between the Centre and the States.

Speaking at a national seminar organised by the Babul Reddy Foundation in the temple town of Puri, the experts also pointed out that cumbersome tax laws were causing hurdles even in resolving legal disputes.

Governor M.C. Bhandare inaugurated the seminar on ‘Inter State Relations and Tax Laws’ by lighting the ceremonial lamp at the Town Hall of Puri. While Justice Arijit Pasayat, Supreme Court Judge, delivered the inaugural lecture, Justice B. Sudarshan Reddy, Supreme Court Judge, Justice A.K. Ganguly, Chief Justice of Orissa High Court, Justice H.L. Gokhale, Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Justice J. Chalameswar, Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court, Justice M.N. Rao, former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, spoke on the subject and made a number of suggestions to simplify the laws and procedures.

Speaking on the occasion, P. Prabhakar Reddy, former MP and Managing Trustee of the Babul Reddy Foundation, explained the activities of the foundation. While periodically organising lectures and seminars on important subjects relating to the Constitution, laws and other socially relevant subjects, the foundation was extending help to the needy students of law by way of sanctioning scholarships, he said.

For the first time, the foundation organised a seminar outside Andhra Pradesh on the important subject of tax laws in association with the All Orissa Tax Bar Association.

Inaugurating the seminar, Mr. Bhandare recalled his association with late P. Babul Reddy.

Delivering the keynote address, Mr. Justice Pasayat said the “perception of tax collectors should change. They should adopt a simple way to collecting taxes.”

“How tax is to be levied and how tax is to be collected should be defined in a simple manner,” he added.