Vodafone hails SC judgment; says it has confidence in India

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New Delhi, Jan 20: UK-based Vodafone Group Plc,the parent company of Vodafone Essar, today hailed Supreme Court's ruling to set aside the Bombay High Court judgement asking the company to pay income tax of Rs 11,000 crore.

Vodafone which is the second largest telecom operator in India, said the judgement underpins its confidence in the country.

"We welcome the Supreme Court's decision, which underpins our confidence in India. We will continue to grow our Indian business - including making significant investments in rural areas and in 3G network coverage - for the benefit of Indian consumers," Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao said in a statement.

The Supreme Court today set aside the Bombay High Court judgement asking Vodafone International Holdings to pay Rs 11,000 crore to Income Tax department, on the ground that Indian authorities do not have jurisdiction on an overseas transaction.

Further, the company said, "Vodafone has maintained consistently throughout the legal proceedings that this transaction was not taxable and we are pleased with today's judgement in the Supreme Court."

The court also asked the IT department to return Rs 2,500 crore deposited by Vodafone, in compliance of its interim order, within two months along with 4% interest.

It asked Supreme Court registry to return within four weeks, the bank guarantee of Rs 8,500 crore given by the telecom major.

"We are a committed long-term investor in India and we have made clear all along that we have faith in the Indian judicial system...," Colao added.

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