Vodafone Is A Tax Dodger – Don’t Spare It: T. K. Arun
The author, an eminent columnist, is irked that instead of taking steps to recover the tax of Rs. 19,000 crore that Vodafone sought to evade by adopting unfair means, the Government is actually thinking of sparing Vodafone of that liability. He argues that the Government is acting out of the misplaced fear that being firm with tax dodgers will prove detrimental to the Country. Instead, the Country will benefit if tax is recovered from Vodafone, he says
The controversy over whether the Government should spare Vodafone of the tax of Rs. 19,000 crore that the retrospective amendment seeks to recover from it has polarized the intelligentsia. While, on the one hand, Ex Chief Justice S. H. Kapadia has spoken out in favour of Vodafone and suggested that if the Government is harsh on Vodafone, thousands of jobs could be jeopardized, on the other hand, (late) Ex Chief Justice J. S. Verma had expressed the view that Vodafone had attempted to evade taxes and should not be spared.