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Legal | Lawyers end boycott of judiciary in Tamil Nadu

Legal | Lawyers end boycott of judiciary in Tamil Nadu
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First Published: Mon, Mar 23 2009. 11 36 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Mar 23 2009. 11 36 PM IST
Chennai: After at least a month-long boycott that brought the judiciary in Tamil Nadu to a standstill, lawyers on Monday returned to courts on Monday following their decision to call off the agitation last week.
The Madras high court had commenced its hearings on 16 March itself but advocates, who remained defiant, had refused to appear before it, with litigants themselves turning up to argue their cases.
The lawyers ended their stir after the the high court ordered suspension of two top police officials over the 19 February clash between lawyers and police inside the court premises.
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SC to hear plea on levy of tax on ATMs in Sep
New Delhi: The Supreme Court said on Monday it would decide in September a petition against imposition of a profession tax on banks for services such as automated teller machines, or ATMs, and extension counters in Andhra Pradesh.
The petition filed by State Bank of Hyderabad seeks the apex court’s intervention in deciding whether ATMs and extension counters established by banks at various places would be separate assesses for levying professional tax.
It had approached the apex court in July against a verdict of the Andhra Pradesh high court verdict dismissing the bank’s petition that said the section of the Andhra Pradesh Tax on Profession Trades, Callings and Employments Act, 1987, that levies Rs2,500 as annual profession tax on banks for ATMs and extension counters, was unconstitutional.
In September, a Supreme Court bench ordered a stay on the implementation of the legislation and issued a notice to the deputy commercial tax officer to respond to the petition. It also granted the Indian Banks’ Association’s request to be made a party to this issue. The association had argued in its application that it would like to make submissions to “protect the financial system and the interests of the banking industry”.
Malathi Nayak and PTI
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First Published: Mon, Mar 23 2009. 11 36 PM IST