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GST levy on equipment for disabled; SC seeks Centre's reply

A bench issued notice to the Ministry of Finance on the PIL


Press Trust of India 


The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Centre on a plea seeking to strike down the levy of goods and services tax (GST) on essential equipment meant for differently-abled persons.

A Bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud issued notice to the Ministry of Finance on the PIL, which alleged that imposition of on mobility aids like wheelchairs, tricycles, crutches and Braille paper and watches for differently-abled people, was in violation of their fundamental rights.

The court, which was initially reluctant to admit the plea, later issued notice on the petition of wheel-chair bound Nipun Malhotra challenging the levy of on equipment meant for differently-abled persons.

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First Published: Tue, August 22 2017. 01:07 IST