This Article is From Dec 23, 2020

Weeks After Vodafone, Cairn Wins Tax Case Against Government

Cairn in March 2015 filed a formal dispute against a demand for more than $1.6 billion from the Indian tax department that dates back to the 2007 listing of its then Indian operation

Weeks After Vodafone, Cairn Wins Tax Case Against Government

Cairn Energy's legal win ends one of the most high profile disputes in the country.

New Delhi:

Cairn Energy has won an international arbitration case against the Indian government over a tax dispute, ending one of the country's highest-profile disputes, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told news agency Reuters. Cairn took the case to arbitration in 2015 to fight against a demand in 2014 from the Indian tax department for Rs 10,200 crore ($1.4 billion) in taxes it said were owed on capital gains related to the 2007 listing of its Indian unit.

In 2011, Cairn Energy sold its majority stake in Cairn India to Vedanta, reducing its stake in the Indian company to about 10 per cent.

The government seized the remaining shares in 2014 after the tax complaint was made, as well as dividends Vedanta owed to Cairn Energy for its holdings in the Indian firm.

In 2018, Cairn Energy said it would write down the value of its investment in Vedanta after tax authorities sold $216 million worth of its shares in the Indian mining company.

The government did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Cairn Energy could not be reached.

Shares in Vedanta rose as much as 5 per cent on Wednesday.

The arbitration was initiated under the India-UK investment treaty and Cairn had sought damages of over $1 billion at the time.

It was not immediately clear what damages the international arbitration court awarded to Cairn.

The ruling comes weeks after the government lost an international arbitration case against Vodafone Plc in September over a $2 billion retrospective tax dispute which had spooked investors at the time.