Supreme Court order to GRA on e-levy funds heartwarming – Minority

The Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has said although the Supreme Court dismissed their injunction application against the e-levy, it is heartwarming that the court also issued an order to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) over the funds being collected.

The apex court after throwing out the application also directed GRA to keep all records of deductions following the implementation of the policy.

In a unanimous ruling Presiding Judge Nene Amegatcher reading the judgment noted that the nature of the relief sought by the minority is null and void.

Reacting to this in interview with the media after the proceedings on Wednesday May 4, Mr Iddrisu said “what is refreshing and heartwarming today, is the second part of the ruling which gives directive to the Ghana Revenue Authority to preserve and keep the money.

“At least, some people will not be in a rush to collateralize it until the substantive matter is determined for us we raised this matter because it is public interest significance.”

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Meanwhile, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General Godfred Dame has said that the NDC lawmakers who filed the injunction application against the e-levy failed to prove that there were irregularities in the approval of the e-levy by Parliament.

He said there were no irregularities in the approval as available records in Parliament indicated that there were the required number of MPs present when the House endorsed the e-levy.

“You do not go to court with speculations and conjecture, you go to court on firm evidence….The applicants were unable to demonstrate any form of irregularity,” he told journalists in Accra after the Supreme Court dismissed the application against the e-levy.

The controversial levy started on Sunday May 1 amidst public outcry.

The NDC heavily opposed the introduction of the levy.

In their view, it is punitive and amounts to double taxation. The bill was passed by Parliament on Tuesday March 29 after the Minority staged a walkout.

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They walked out after their leader Haruna Iddrisu said the NDC MPs remained united in opposing the policy.

On Tuesday April 19 they filed an application at the apex court to block the commencement of the e-levy deductions. But the the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) went ahead to start implementation of the Policy on Sunday May 1.

The NDC MPs, while filed the injunction application were Haruna Iddrisu, MP for Tamale South, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, MP for North Tongu and Mahama Ayariga, MP for Bawku Central.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana


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