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HC reserves orders in Maran-SpiceJet case

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The today reserved its orders on a petition filed by Kalanithi Maran, challenging the Income department's order declaring him as the of low-cost carrier and making him liable for the alleged dues of the company when it was owned by him.

Justice M Duraiswamy reserved the orders after hearing the arguments of the additional (ASG) and Maran's

When the matter came up for hearing, senior P S Raman, appearing for Maran, submitted that the petitioner had not received any salary from the company.

The submitted that Maran was the non-executive of the company and was not involved in its day-to-day affairs.

The of had already given a letter to the IT department to this effect, Raman said, adding that not even a rupee was due to the department.

ASG G Rajagopalan, who appeared on behalf of the IT department, contended that the had no jurisdiction to hear the matter as the complaint was filed in

The petitioner had already filed a petition, seeking quashing of the proceedings, and obtained a stay order from the High Court, the ASG submitted.

He further submitted that as per the company's own annual statements for 2012 and 2013, the petitioner was the holder of 52 per cent shares in

The registered office of the company was shifted to the "Murasoli Maran Towers" during the petitioner's tenure as its and as per the statement of the firm in its annual report, the petitioner was the main decision-making authority, the ASG submitted and added that therefore, Maran could not say that he was not the

The ASG further argued that whether Maran was a or not was a question of fact, "which has to be agitated before the criminal court. Hence, this court cannot go into it".

After the completion of the arguments, the reserved his orders.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 21:50 IST