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03-22-2012, 09:27 PM #1
Vodafone: Amending laws not investor-friendly, won't quit India
Telecom major Vodafone on Wednesday said the government's move to retrospectively amend income tax laws does not augur well for investors but asserted that it has no plan to exit India.
"As a practising businessman in India, this will not augur well for foreign direct investment and the country at large," Vodafone India's non-executive Chairman Analjit Singh said in response to a query on the proposal to amend tax laws.
Earlier in the day, a Finance Ministry official told PTI: "They (Vodafone) will have to automatically pay the tax after approval of the amendments to the Finance Bill by Parliament. We don't need to send fresh tax demand notice to them."
In Budget 2012-13, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has proposed amending the Income Tax Act retrospectively from 1962 to bring under net overseas deals involving domestic assets.
This would have a bearing on Vodafone which won the legal dispute in Supreme Court over Rs11,000-crore tax claim raised on its $11-billion deal with Hutchison Essar in 2007.
"The question is not changing the rules of the game so substantially, particularly (since) Vodafone is one of the largest foreign direct investors in India where FDI is about $15-16 billion," Singh told a private news channel....being a human...