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Finance Minister Sitharaman says Centre looking at how best to sort out Cairn arbitration

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday reiterated that an international arbitration ruling on India’s sovereign right to taxation sets the wrong precedent, but said the government is looking at how best it can sort out the issue arising out of New Delhi being ordered to return USD 1.2 billion plus interest and cost to UK’s Cairn Energy Plc.

The government, which participated in an international arbitration brought by the Scottish firm against being taxed retrospectively, has appealed against The Hague based tribunal’s ruling asking the government to return the value of shares expropriated and liquidated, tax refunds withheld and dividend seized to recover a wrongly levied retroactive tax demand.

“We don’t believe in retrospective taxation,” she said at a webinar organised by the Financial Times and The Indian Express. “However, when issues are taken at arbitration… which question India’s sovereign right to taxation, we are worried that it sets a wrong precedent.”

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