HC reserves order on Nokias plea against TN tax claim

Written by fe Bureau | Chennai | Updated: Apr 22 2014, 08:44am hrs
The Madras High Court on Monday reserved its order for April 29 on Nokia India's petition contesting the R2,400-crore tax claim slapped by the Tamil Nadu government's commercial tax department.

Speaking to FE, the advocate general of Tamil Nadu government, AL Somayaji, said final arguments are over.

During the hearing that spanned two weeks, Nokia told the court that they were not in a position to pay up as they have already paid R780 crore to the income tax department, in a tax evasion case fought in Delhi HC.

Nokia had also filed petitions assailing the tax demand of the Tamil Nadu government, saying it had been raised on surmises, that too without hearing the company's version or granting an opportunity to it to furnish all relevant documents. However, the state government's stand was that despite being given an opportunity, Nokia failed to furnish all documents to prove the exports.

Somayaji argued that though notices were sent for all the three assessment years, Nokia chose to respond only to the notice for 2009-10, that too without seeking any personal hearing.

Meanwhile, Nokia employees on Monday boycotted canteen food to protest the company's indifferent attitude towards the employees' concern over job security.