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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gujarat HC stays postal dept’s recovery from Vishvakosh trust

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Wednesday stayed the postal department's recovery of Rs 4 lakh in alleged dues, from the institute behind the Gujarati encyclopedia -Vishvakosh Trust — for its magazine 'Vishva Vihar'. 

The postal department had issued notices to the trust, seeking an explanation in three weeks on why its registration should not be cancelled. The notice was issued on the basis of a CAG report and the postal department was seeking the pending amount from the publishers as "deficit in revenue". 

Vishvakosh received the notice on charges that its magazine circulation was less than the 50 copies mandatory for it to receive registration with the postal department. The notice also alleged that these were being circulating free of cost. 

However, in its petition filed through advocate Rashmin Jani, the trust contended that its magazine has a circulation of above 1,200 and it charges Rs 5 per copy as is mentioned in each copy. 

Advocate Jani contended that the postal department issued notices in cyclostyle format and without having verified the facts of the case. He submitted that the CAG's recommendations are required to be implemented after proper verification. 

After hearing the case, Justice A S Dave stayed the notice and sought an explanation from the superintendent of post on the issue. A further hearing will be held on Friday. 

Meanwhile, another petition by a daily 'Gram Garjana' is also pending before the high court, which has sought a reply from the postal department. The department has warned of cancelling licenses of nearly 1,000 dailies after seeking recovery. 

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