DNT takes govt to court over “tax alteration”

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) submitted a constitutional case against the government on tax alteration to the High Court yesterday.

According to a press release from DNT, the party is taking this corrective step to request the Court to rule on the illegal and unconstitutional implementation of tax alteration, after careful consideration and comprehensive consultation, in line with the due process of law.

“The government has breached the Constitution. In attempting to justify their erroneous action, the Prime Minister has misled the nation by misinterpreting several legal clauses including the ruling of the Supreme Court. This is not only wrong but a serious breach of trust that was bestowed upon him by the people of Bhutan,” states the press release.

DNT further stated that as a registered political party, it is their sacred duty to protect the Constitution. Any violation, error or ignorance of this sacred document must be pointed out and corrected.

In doing so, DNT explained that they are not seeking any political mileage but is rather duty bound to protect and uphold the Constitution. DNT said the party is singularly focused on correcting the violation of the Constitution for the future of Bhutan rather than punishing the violator.

“DNT is duty bound to take this case to its logical conclusion. As we have said from the beginning, this is not about DNT vs PDP, Government vs opposition, or NA vs NC, but about protecting the Constitution and ensuring that our supreme law is not violated,” stated DNT.

DNT made it clear that they are not concerned about winning or losing the case, but are determined to protect the Constitution on behalf of present and future generations of Bhutanese. “Protecting the Constitution is the responsibility of every citizen – violation or ignorance or error must be pointed out and corrected. DNT is taking the lead role as its mandated duty.”

“We have immense trust in our Judiciary to use their wisdom and bring corrective measures to this violation,” DNT stated.

Meanwhile, Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay is in Phuentsholing to attend a consultative meeting with private sector on the Goods and Services Tax and the Prime Minister’s media office said he has not found proper time to study the details of the case in order to make any comments.

Pema Seldon from Thimphu