Corporate Law

Shalimar mall proprietor alleges being framed in property tax case

The owner of Shalimar Mall, R K Aggarwal alleged that the mayor and MC residence have been appearing in a “malafide manner” towards him in relation to property tax on his property. He alleged that he had been named the largest defaulter, which used to be now not correct as Shalimar Mall had deposited Rs 7.5 lakh in excess.

During a press convention at Press Club in Chandigarh on Thursday, Aggarwal cited that the Panchkula mayor had suggested that Shalimar Mall was once the largest defaulter of property tax in Panchkula. He described this as a “white lie.” He stated that almost Rs 7.5 lakh in extra had been deposited in the identity of Shalimar Mall as property tax with the MC, Panchkula. “How can I be the largest defaulter?” he asked.

Aggarwal referred to that as per the property tax notification of Haryana authorities in 2013, over Rs 33 lakh used to be deposited toward property tax however MC Panchkula raised a “baseless” property tax bill-cum-notice of Rs 4,26,25,581 in 2017 in recognize of Shalimar Mega Mall. He stated this used to be challenged with the aid of the mall’s administration before Punjab and Haryana High Court, which directed the mall’s administration to savings Rs 1 crore and file an attraction earlier than the divisional commissioner (Ambala division).

He stated an attraction was once filed earlier than the divisional commissioner (Ambala division) and Rs 1 crore was once deposited below protest with the MC, Panchkula. Subsequently, the divisional commissioner, (Ambala division) remanded the count to the MC commissioner for passing a speakme order, which was once exceeded on March 30, 2021.

Aggarwal claimed, “MC commissioner, Panchkula, in the speakme order, directed the zonal taxation officer to re-assess the property tax of Shalimar Mall. What’s more, the arbitrary consignment cum note for Rs 4,26,25,581 was once additionally set aside. It used to be in addition directed that the quantity of Rs 1 crore already deposited with the aid of us in compliance with the order handed with the aid of high courtroom of Punjab and Haryana be set off through MC, Panchkula as per guidelines at the time of second-look of property tax.”

On June 30, MC residence fashioned a committee to reconsider the property tax of Shalimar Mall and its record used to be sought by means of the residence in 15 days. At this, Aggarwal stated the committee used to be constituted with “malice and malafide intentions” to illegally intrude with the order handed by using the MC commissioner.

“The stated decision is in charge to be annulled/suspended/cancelled. My property has been re-assessed after a quasi-judicial order exceeded through the Panchkula MC commissioner and nevertheless I have been focused beneath this unlawful resolution. Why have different comparable sized houses been stored out of the purview of this arbitrary decision notwithstanding the inadequate price of property tax in violation of property tax notification? It is clear that the MC residence has exceeded the stated decision with intentions of focusing on simply my property,” he alleged.

Aggarwal additionally moved an illustration to the extra chief secretary (ACS), Urban neighbourhood our bodies department, Haryana and known as upon the workplace to use powers bestowed on it underneath sections 414 and 415 of Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 for cancellation of the decision handed through the MC, Panchkula in their residence meeting. “I have additionally requested the ACS to direct MC, Panchkula to post a white paper concerning small print of property tax obtained from the date of occupation certificates until the date of comparably sized business houses falling in the equal class as nicely as all different business homes to keep transparency,” he added.

Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal said, “It is our intent to retailer the Corporation money. The committee fashioned at some point of the residence assembly will check and consider the tax and if something comes to our site, we will take it from the tax defaulter. If something is paid in extra by means of any property owner, we will clearly return it to the owner.”

Trouble brews for mall Shalimar Mall remained in information as a hundred and ten men and women from Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali, who had booked showroom areas interior the Sector 5 primarily based mall in 2004 stated notwithstanding making the price of over Rs 70 crore, they have been neither passed over possession of shops nor used to be the cash refunded. FIRs had been additionally registered towards its proprietor in the past.

The strength branch additionally reduces its electrical energy in 2014 and 2015 for non-payment of bills.
On allegations that the mall had no longer be running from the beginning, Aggarwal claimed that possession of the mall had a clear title and used to be free from all encumbrances. He claimed that he nonetheless hasn’t bought full repayments from showroom allottees as per allotment letters. He stated even preservation expenses had now not been paid, due to which the mall remained in disaster in the past. He stated he is doing a facelift of the mall, after which operations would velocity up.

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