The Kerala high court has asked the central government to decide on a representation seeking to bring petroleum products under the goods and services tax (GST) regime.
A division bench comprising chief justice S Manikumar and justice Shaji P Chaly asked the government to take a decision on the representation raising the demand within six weeks after considering a petition (WP-C No. 12481/2021) filed by Kerala Pradesh Gandhi Darshanvedi through advocate Arun B Varghese.
It was alleged by the petitioner that petrol and diesel rates differ in various states as the tax levied by each state is different.
Unification of the tax on petrol and diesel is required, the petitioner had demanded in the petition while alleging that frequent price increases are adversely affecting the life of citizens as prices of common goods also increase with the increase in fuel prices.
The petitioner had also pointed out that central and state governments intervene and control the fuel prices when elections are imminent even when they say that it is the petroleum marketing companies that decide the prices.
Opposing the petition, the central government contended in court that the matter falls within the policy realm of the government and that the court should not interfere. Following the submissions, the court asked the central government to decide on the representation filed by the petitioner.