PANAJI: The High Court of Bombay at Goa has reserved its order in a petition filed by casino operators challenging the State government’s order directing them to pay licence fees during the closed period of the COVID pandemic.
The High Court heard the arguments from both parties and has reserved its order.
Advocate general Devidas Pangam said that the Court is yet to give any date for delivery of its order.
The casino operators have petitioned the court seeking waiver of licence fees during the period that they were not operational, that is, between April 1, 2020, to October 31, 2020, and May 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021, on account of COVID-19 related restrictions.
The state government had issued an order for the payment of the licence fee for the shutdown periods along with future interest.
The government has contended that licence fee is yearly fees.