Supreme Court stays directive to refund water cess levied on power companies in Himachal Pradesh

The top court declined to stay the Himachal Pradesh High Court's decision to quash the Himachal Pradesh Water Cess on Hydropower Generation Act, but stayed a directive to refund water cess already collected by the State.
Waterfall (Picture for representation)
Waterfall (Picture for representation)

The Supreme Court recently stayed a Himachal Pradesh High Court directive requiring the State government to refund water cess levied by it on hydropower generation companies in the State [State of Himachal Pradesh and ors vs NHPC Ltd and anr].

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