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India's Financial Minister Denies Online Lottery Misconduct

10 March 2004

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India – As reported by the Hindu Times: "The Finance Minister, K. Sankaranarayanan, on Tuesday denied allegations against the Advocate-General and Government pleader regarding the conduct of online lottery cases in the High Court of Kerala.

"Replying to criticisms made by the Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achuthanandan, the Finance Minister said there had been no default of sales tax (amounting to Rs. 895 crores) by a company selling online lotteries, as alleged by the Opposition leader.

"The sales tax evasion of Rs. 895 crores, he said, had never arisen as the company had only been sent a preliminary notice for assessment of the tax…"

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