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Vodafone India stake sellers liable to pay capital gains tax

Tax on gains made from financial transactions is levied at 20%

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian minority shareholders in India, including Analjit Singh, will have to pay 20% capital gains after selling their stake to the UK-based parent company, a Finance Ministry official said.

"There is a capital gain for the minority shareholders and it will be taxed," the official said when asked about the implications of Plc's plan to buy out the minority shareholders in its Indian telecom venture.

The on gains made from financial transactions is levied at 20%.

Plc last week applied to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board for approval to increase its stake in India to 100% from the current combined direct and indirect holding of 84.5%.

It proposed to buy the remaining stake in the company for Rs 10,141 crore.

Besides Singh, who is the non-executive chairman on the board of the Indian company, the minority shareholders of India include Piramal Enterprises Ltd chairman Ajay Piramal holding an 11% stake.

entered India in 2007 by buying Hutchison Whampoa in in a $11 billion deal.

The company faces a liability of over Rs 11,200 crore, along with interest, for the acquisition and is in discussions with the government to resolve the issue.

had offered to settle the dispute through conciliation and the government has agreed, but there are differences over the rules under which it would take place.

While wants to resolve the dispute under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, the government insists on applying the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act.

First Published: Mon, November 04 2013. 16:47 IST