The Uttar Pradesh government today won its legal battle against the central government when the Supreme Court held that the state government could demand tax from the department of telecommunications (DoT) on the turnover of rentals collected from subscribers.
The levy was imposed under the UP Trade Tax Act. When the state government assessed the tax payable by the department, the latter challenged the validity of the orders of assessment in writ petitions before the Allahabad High Court.
The state maintained that the levy was justified in view of the extended definition of the expression
Sistema, the lone bidder for the 800-MHz band, to pay Rs 5,623.5 crore for 11 circles
Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, MP Prahlad Joshi and Hubli-Dharwad West MLA Arvind Bellad had also sought an inquiry