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Travancore Rubber and Tea Co. Ltd. Vs. State of Kerala and anr. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectMotor Vehicles
CourtKerala High Court
Decided On
Case NumberO.P. No. 4400 of 1977-F
Judge
Reported inAIR1981Ker232
ActsKerala Motor Vehicles (Taxation of Passengers and Goods) Act, 1963 - Sections 2 and 4
AppellantTravancore Rubber and Tea Co. Ltd.
RespondentState of Kerala and anr.
Appellant Advocate M. Pathuse Mathai,; Joseph Vellapally and; S. Siri Jagan
Respondent AdvocateGovt. Pleader
DispositionPetition allowed
Cases ReferredTravancore Tea Co. Ltd. v. State of Kerala
Excerpt:
- .....supreme court in travancore tea co. ltd. v. state of kerala, air 1980 sc 1547. no doubt a division bench decision of this court, earlier, in r.t.a. idukki v. philip, 1979 ker lt 522 had in reversal of the view expressed by a single bench of this court in philip v. regional transport officer, 1977 ker lt 218 taken the view that in cases where the vehicles are not used on public roads they are subiect to payment under the t.p.g. act. now that the supreme court has overruled the division bench rulings of this court in travancore tea estates co. ltd. v. state of kerala, ((1972) ker lt 760) and peer-made tea co. ltd. v. state of kerala (1972 ker lt 848) relied on by the division bench of this court in support of the decision in r.t.o., idukki v. philip (1979 ker lt 522), virtually that ruling.....
Judgment:
ORDER

K. Bhaskaran, J.

1. The petitioner is the Tra-vancore Rubber and Tea Co. Ltd., Trivandrum. This writ petition has been brought to call for the records connected with the endorsement made by the second respondent, the Regional Transport Officer, Idukki, in the registration certificate of the petitioner's tractors/trailers KLK 6776, KLK 6705 and lorry KLK 888 and to quash them. There is also prayer for a direction to the second respondent or to issue a writ of mandamus to delete all endorsements made in the Registration books of the petitioner's tractors/trailers KLK 6776 and KLK 6705 and lorry KLK 888 under Section 4 of the Kerala Motor Vehicles (Taxation of Passengers and Goods) Act, 1963. Besides these there are other incidental reliefs sought in the writ petition.

2. The counsel for the petitioner company submitted that inasmuch as the vehicles are not being used on public roads, the endorsements requiring payment under the Kerala Motor Vehicles (Taxation of Passengers and Goods) Act, 1963, (for short T.P.G. Act) would not apply in the case of those vehicles. He relied on the decision of the Supreme Court in Travancore Tea Co. Ltd. v. State of Kerala, AIR 1980 SC 1547. No doubt a Division Bench decision of this Court, earlier, in R.T.A. Idukki v. Philip, 1979 Ker LT 522 had in reversal of the view expressed by a single Bench of this Court in Philip v. Regional Transport Officer, 1977 Ker LT 218 taken the view that in cases where the vehicles are not used on public roads they are subiect to payment under the T.P.G. Act. Now that the Supreme Court has overruled the Division Bench rulings of this Court in Travancore Tea Estates Co. Ltd. v. State of Kerala, ((1972) Ker LT 760) and Peer-made Tea Co. Ltd. v. State of Kerala (1972 Ker LT 848) relied on by the Division Bench of this court in support of the decision in R.T.O., Idukki v. Philip (1979 Ker LT 522), virtually that ruling of the Division Bench stands overruled, and the Single Bench decision in Philip v. Regional Transport Officer (1977 Ker LT 218) restored.

3. The counsel for the petitioner also submitted that for another reason also the petitioner is entitled to succeed, at least as far as the tractors are concerned, inasmuch as the tractors-trailers are not vehicles attracting tax under the T.P.G. Act. This is the position accepted by this Court in State of Kerala v. Travancore Tea Estates Co. Ltd., ILR (1976) 2 Ker 653. The Government Pleader appearing for the State submitted that the Division Bench decision of this Court in State of Kerala v. Travancore Tea Estates Co. Ltd., ILR (1976) 2 Ker 653 is ponding in appeal before the Supreme Court. For one thing so long as the Division Bench ruling of this Court remains in force that has to be followed. For another thing even by the decision of the Supreme Court in Travancore Tea Co. Ltd. v. State of Kerala, AIR 1980 SC 1547 the petitioner is entitled to succeed inasmuch as the vehicles involved are not used on the public roads.

4. For the foregoing reasons this writ petition is allowed. A writ of mandamus will be issued directing the second respondent to delete the endorsements with respect to tax under the T.P.G. Act and as a consequence to refund to the petitioner company the amount of Rs. 9697.50 paid by it by way of tax as requested for in prayer (b) in the writ petition.

5. This writ petition is ordered as above. There will be no order as to costs.


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