The administrative court has voided the appointment of Yiannis Tsangaris as Tax Commissioner, ruling that it was in violation of the constitution.
Tsangaris was appointed to the position via a decision taken by the cabinet on March 30, 2016.
But this was subsequently challenged based on the argument that the cabinet had no authority to do so.
The court agreed with the legal challenge, finding that the appointment of a Tax Commissioner – or anyone serving in the Tax Department – is the prerogative of the Public Service Commission, as stated in the constitution.
The government had tried to counter that the appointment was an act of government, rather than an enforceable administrative act, and that therefore the administrative court had no jurisdiction over the matter.
The administrative court rejected the government’s arguments, declaring Tsangaris’ appointment null and void.
The voiding of Tsangaris’ appointment is expected to impact a number of cases where he issued administrative acts.