The Supreme Court has stayed the implementation of the Delhi High Court order which held the Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) imposed by the Center on import of oxygen concentrators for personal use as unconstitutional. A special bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah issued notice on the petition and sought a reply from the petitioner who had filed a PIL before the High Court.
This special bench of the Supreme Court has said that we are prohibiting the implementation of the order of the Delhi High Court till the next order. According to a leading daily report, Attorney General KK Venugopal has told that the meeting of the GST Council will be held on June 8, 2021 and it will be discussed to exempt essential items related to corona including oxygen concentrators.
Supreme Court stays the Delhi High Court order stating IGST on import of oxygen concentrators by individuals unconstitutional pic.twitter.com/i7alvdhQxA
— ANI (@ANI) June 1, 2021
On May 21, 2021, the Delhi High Court had declared unconstitutional the imposition of Integrated Goods and Services Tax on oxygen concentrators imported for personal use. The court had set aside the notification of the Finance Ministry issued on May 1 in this regard. The ministry’s notification had said that oxygen concentrators imported for personal use will attract 12 per cent IGST, whether they are gifted or imported in any other manner.