HC dismisses Jet Lite's petition on service tax evasion
September, 15th 2009
The Delhi High Court today dismissed a petition by low cost carrier Jet Lite seeking relief in a tax evasion case and directed the carrier to pay Rs 260 crore, including interests to the government.
A division bench comprising Justice A K Sikri and Justice Valmikin Mehta dismissed Jet Lite&aposs petition after observing that the adjudicating officer of the service tax department had already passed an order and the matter had become infructous.
On July 27, the adjudicating officer directed Jet Lite to pay Rs 260 crore, which included a tax of Rs 128.52 crore, a penalty of the same amount and interest.
Jet Lite had challenged proceedings of the service tax directorate in the beginning of this year.
Meanwhile, the tax department had started attaching Jet Lite&aposs properties, which includes commercial real estate holdings in Hyderabad and Nariman Point in Mumbai, four helicopters and agricultural land in Gurgaon and Hyderabad.
The government was represented by Additional Solicitor General A S Chandioke and Advocate Mukesh Anand.