A petition has been instituted in the Hon'ble Delhi High Court in pursuance of hike in prices of diesel and petrol on July 23. The issuance of directions for the formation of a high powered committee to deal with the issue of rationalisation of prices has been sought from the Court.
The petitioners pleaded before the Court for directions to be issued to the Central Government to reduce the unjustified hike in taxes levied and to take remedial action to control the prices.
Further, the petitioner contended that the increase in petrol/diesel rates has a direct impact on the pocket of the common man. The common man is struggling to make ends meet during the COVID – 19 pandemic. The increase in excise duty and VAT is irrational and unjustified. Such a step would also have an impact on essential commodities and hence the prices of essential commodities would also increase many folds.
The Delhi Government has frozen the increase in Dearness Allowance and pensions which further adds to the misery of public. Thus the hike in VAT cannot be justified by contending that the step is in public interest.
The petitioner further pleaded that by restricting the access of essential commodities to the public at reasonable rates, is a gross violation of Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The Government cannot impose an irrational amount of VAT without application of mind.