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SC ruling unlikely to alter GST regime; power to reject Council's recos never used: Revenue Secy

SC ruling unlikely to alter GST regime; power to reject Council's recos never used: Revenue Secy

The Supreme Court ruling on the goods and services tax framework is unlikely to materially impact the one-nation-one-tax regime, as it is only a reiteration of the existing law that gives states the right to accept or reject the GST Council's recommendation on taxation, revenue secretary Tarun Bajaj said.

"In this judgement, there is nothing new or which has not been discussed," Bajaj told reporters on Thursday.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court held that the recommendations of the GST Council were not binding on the central and state governments and that they only had a persuasive value. The apex court said Parliament and state legislatures could equally legislate on GST.

India rolled out the GST regime in 2017, following a constitutional amendment by subsuming nearly one-and-a-half-dozen central and state levies. The amendment provided for the creation of a council with representation from the Centre and states for decision-making.

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