Punjab appoints Aggarwal as Vat tribunal chairman

Written by Charanjit Ahuja | Chandigarh, Jan 28 | Updated: Jan 29 2008, 06:21am hrs
Justice MM Aggarwal of Punjab and Haryana High Court has been appointed as chairman of value-added tax (Vat) tribunal, which was constituted in Punjab three years ago.

Justice Aggarwal when contacted at his residence here on Monday confirmed his appointment to FE. The development is significant, as the tribunal has so far been functioning without a chairman. Two members were appointed to the tribunal by the previous Congress government. One of the members was acting as the officiating chairman.

Justice Aggarwal informed the Vat tribunal constituted under Section 4 of the Punjab Vat Act, 2005, has the powers to hear appeals under the Act. It came into existence after Capt Amarinder Singh government in Punjab introduced Vat from April 1, 2005, following the coming into effect of the Vat regime in the country