Tax dues: Wipro lashes out at Bangalore municipality for ‘high-handed’ method

fe Bureau Posted online: Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 0000 hrs
Bangalore : Wipro on Thursday strongly rebutted methods used by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, the city’s local corporation, to claim alleged property tax dues. The IT firm said the attempt to collect the said dues involved “high-handedness”, “arm twisting” and contravening the principle of “natural justice”.

In a statement, “On November 27, officials and corporators of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) arrived at Wipro’s Sarjapur campus without prior notice and resorted to high-handedness and arm twisting tactics for nearly seven hours. It was an illegal attempt to collect money against a notice for collection of property tax, which is not final and has been responded to by pointing out errors in data points and assumptions.”

The dispute, which is nearly a year old, relates to assessment and payment of property tax due to the tune of R16.5 crore at one of the large campuses of Wipro in Bangalore. This is the second time in eleven months that BBMP has resorted to intimidatory tactics to collect money against unsubstantiated notice of payment, Wipro said, adding these notices have been superseded with multiple fresh notices by BBMP itself and the latest one is yet to be adjudicated.