Dec 3, 2008

Business - Vodafone loses India tax case, can appeal in SC

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has dismissed a petition by Vodafone International Holdings against a tax bill relating to the purchase of a mobile
phone operation in India in 2007, Vodafone's tax consultant Dinesh Kanabar said on Wednesday.

Vodafone has been granted a stay on the decision for eight weeks, during which time it could appeal to the Supreme Court, he said.

Vodafone Group Plc last year paid $11.1 billion to a unit of Hong Kong's Hutchison Whampoa for a controlling stake in an Indian mobile operator.

It received a bill from the income tax department, which said Vodafone was liable to pay capital gains tax as most of the assets it bought were based in India.

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