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Are residential accommodations for nuns and students, liable for exemption u/s 3(1)(b) of the Kerala Building Tax Act, 1975?

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Court :
Supreme Court of India

Brief :
All these appeals pertain to an exemption provision containedin the Kerala Building Tax Act, 1975. Under Section 3(1)(b) buildingsthat are used principally for religious, charitable or educational purposes or as factories or workshops are exempted from buildingtax under the Act. All of the appeals, except one, are by the State ofKerala against a judgment dated 22.11.2007 passed by a DivisionBench of the Kerala High Court in Government of Kerala & Anr v. Mother Superior Adoration Convent (Civil Appeal No.202 of 2012)and a Full Bench judgment in State of Kerala & Ors v. Unity Hospital (P) Ltd.

Citation :
CIVIL APPEAL NO. 202 OF 2012

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION
CIVIL APPEAL NO. 202 OF 2012
GOVERNMENT OF KERALA & ANR. …APPELLANT

VERSUS

MOTHER SUPERIOR ADORATION CONVENT …RESPONDENT
WITH
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CIVIL APPEAL NO. 10297 OF 2016
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CIVIL APPEAL NO. 203 OF 2012
CIVIL APPEAL NO. 204 OF 2012
CIVIL APPEAL NO. 207 OF 2012
CIVIL APPEAL NO. 206 OF 2012
CIVIL APPEAL NO. 205 OF 2012
CIVIL APPEAL NO. 745 OF 2021
(ARISING OUT OF SLP (CIVIL) NO.905 OF 2012)
CIVIL APPEAL NO. 5036 OF 2015
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J U D G M E N T

R.F. Nariman, J.

1. Leave granted.

2. All these appeals pertain to an exemption provision containedin the Kerala Building Tax Act, 1975. Under Section 3(1)(b) buildingsthat are used principally for religious, charitable or educational purposes or as factories or workshops are exempted from buildingtax under the Act. All of the appeals, except one, are by the State ofKerala against a judgment dated 22.11.2007 passed by a DivisionBench of the Kerala High Court in Government of Kerala & Anr v. Mother Superior Adoration Convent (Civil Appeal No.202 of 2012)and a Full Bench judgment in State of Kerala & Ors v. Unity Hospital (P) Ltd. (Civil Appeal No. 207 of 2012), being a judgment dated21.12.2010. Both judgments decided to exempt the buildings inquestion. The other appeals by the State contain judgments whichfollow either or both of these judgments. The only appeal by anassessee namely, Administrator, Jos Giri Hospital v. Government ofKerala (Civil Appeal No.204 of 2012), is from a judgment of theDivision Bench of the Kerala High Court deciding the case in favourof the State. However, this judgment was referred to the Full Bench which decided the judgment in State of Kerala & Ors v. UnityHospital (P) Ltd. (Civil Appeal No. 207 of 2012) and has been stated to have reached an incorrect conclusion. 

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