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Refuse to pay taxes if govt doesn't curb 'hydra-headed' corruption: Bombay HC

The Judge Was Hearing The Case Where Funds Worth Rs 385 Crore In The Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe Vikas Mahamandal (LASVM) Set Up For The Welfare Of The Mathang Community Were Misappropriated.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Devika Chhibber | Updated on: 03 Feb 2016, 01:09:44 PM


Echoing citizen's sentiments, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday told netizens that taxpayers should refuse to pay taxes through a non-cooperation movement if corruption continues.

The High Court judge took serious note of the increasing menace of corruption, and made the statement while hearing an embezzlement case.

The court also termed corruption as a 'hydra-headed monster' and asked citizens to come together to raise their voice and refuse to pay the taxes.

The judge was hearing the case where funds worth Rs 385 crore in the Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe Vikas Mahamandal (LASVM) set up for the welfare of the Mathang community were misappropriated.

Citing the case, the Justice Arun Chaudhari ruled, "The miasma (unholy atmosphere) of corruption can be beaten if all work together. If it continues, taxpayers should refuse to pay taxes through a non-cooperation movement."

He also asked the government to understand the excruciating pain and anguish of the taxpayers who have been suffering for over two decades in the state.

Notably, India recently continued to be at the 76th spot in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index for 2015.

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First Published : 03 Feb 2016, 01:04:00 PM