Mercedes-Benz Asks SC To Lift Ban; Ready To Pay Environment Cess

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Mercedes-Benz India told the Supreme Court that it is ready to pay the one-time environment cess and request the court to lift the ban on the sale of diesel cars in Delhi.

The SC was in favour of charging 1 percent on the ex-showroom price of the car being sold and lift the ban on the sale of the diesel cars above 2000cc in NCR Delhi.

The SC has agreed to hear the plea from the German car maker in a bid to overcome the ban in the capital.

Senior advocate Mohan Parasaran, appearing for Mercedes, had submitted the plea in regards to the one-time cess on the luxury cars.

On July 4, 2016, the SC had reserved its verdict on pleas seeking changes or modifications of its order on the ban of the diesel cars above 2000cc, indicating that these vehicles can be sold with the payment of one-time 1 percent cess.

The Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises, was not in the favour of the 1 percent cess, even though they were supportive to Mercedes for the modification of the order.

Back on June 29, 2016, the SC said it was ready to lift the ban in the Delhi and NCR only if there is a one-time payment of compensation cess.

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