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Indian GP to go ahead despite court hearing over tax issues: organizers

Global Times (2013-10-25 P22)
By Agencies – Global Times

Indian Grand Prix organ­izers have confirmed that Sunday's race will go ahead even though the country's top court has agreed to hear a petition on Friday seeking its cancellation over tax issues.

The Supreme Court decided to hear the case after campai­gner Amit Kumar accused race promoters Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) of not paying entertainment taxes in full for the 2012 race.

"The race will go on. There's absolutely no doubt about that," Indian motorsports chief Vicky Chandhok told Reuters on Thursday.

"This has happened many times before. You've had people trying to stop cricket matches ... Our justice system is pretty strong that no sporting event should be stopped.

"It's a civil matter, let it be heard in court as long as it takes and that's it. No worries."

Kumar had filed a Public ­Interest Litigation (PIL) in 2011 arguing Formula One was not sport but entertainment and should not be exempted from entertainment taxes.

JPSI spokesman Askari ­Zaidi said they would adhere to the court order.

"A PIL was filed earlier also and whatever the court had asked to do, we did," Zaidi said ahead of the race.

"The court had asked us to deposit a certain amount [of money], that was deposited. Now if somebody goes to court again, we'd do whatever the court tells us."

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone had already removed India from the 2014 schedule, leaving the future of the event at the $450 million Buddh International Circuit in doubt.

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel was expected to seal the world title in Sunday's race, with local motorsports ­enthusiasts hoping a successful contest could improve the chances of an Indian Grand Prix in 2015.

Agencies - Global Times

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