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India's Online Lotteries Default on Tax Payments

9 March 2004

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India – As reported by the Hindu: "The Leader of the Opposition, V. S. Achuthanandan, has accused online lottery companies of having defaulted on payment of Rs. 5,700 crores (US$126.13) in Sales Tax with the active connivance of Government top brass, the office of the Advocate General and Government Pleaders.

"…Normally, Courts would insist on payment of at least a portion of the defaulted amount. However, the Government Pleader handling the case, Raju Joseph, unilaterally took the position that the company need make the payment only sometime later.

"The Pleader could not have done so without of the support of the Government, the Leader of the Opposition said. Mr. Achuthanandan pointed out that the stay on the operation of the Government ban on online lotteries in the State was still in force as the Government had done thing to get it vacated…"

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