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Plea in HC on GST on lawyers: HC seeks Centre's reply

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High today asked the Centre and to respond to a plea claiming that the was not being properly implemented against the lawyers.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Pratibha M Singh, while issuing notices to the central and governments, said no coercive steps should be taken against lawyers or firms who have not yet been registered under the Goods and Services (GST)

The said this interim order would be applicable till the two governments clarified whether the advocates have to pay on all legal services, except for representing its clients in courts and tribunals.

It also said that if no clarification was issued by the next date of hearing on July 18, then the will hear arguments for passing an interim order.

The bench was hearing a plea filed by lawyer J K Mittal seeking quashing of the notifications issued by the Centre and the as per which will be paid by advocates and firms on all services offered by them, except representing their clients in courts.

For representational services, the recipient of the service -- clients or litigants -- will have to pay as per the notifications, the petition has said.

Mittal has claimed that the decisions of the two governments were contrary to the recommendation of the Council which had recommended that on all services offered by a lawyer or firm, the service recipient would pay

The petition also alleged that the Council had recommended that lawyers or firms should be exempt from registration under the central and state laws, which has also not been followed by the two governments.

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 17:57 IST