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Apex court rejects Essar Oil’s plea to extend tax dues payment date

A bench of justices A K Patnaik and J S Khehar said, ‘We could have done something but the state government is not agreeing.’

The bench also rejected the submission of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Essar Oil Ltd, that the hearing be adjourned for four weeks.

Rohatgi cited a newspaper report to drive home the point that the oil firm has not been given any concession or benefit as accorded to other companies by Rajasthan government.

‘It would be a catastrophe. There are nearly 10,000 employees working in the refinery. This is the only refinery in the country which has not received any incentive or concession,’ Rohatgi said, adding that he was not seeking any rescheduling of repayment of outstanding sales tax dues.

Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for Gujarat Government, said that he was not agreeable to any extension of time to the oil firm. Essar Oil Ltd had moved the Supreme Court on 4 October seeking more time for paying outstanding sales tax dues to Gujarat government on the ground that it was facing financial constraints due to economic slowdown and was not given tax benefits unlike other refineries.
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