Cairn case: French court orders government’s Paris properties frozen | India News

NEW DELHI: A French court docket has ordered a freeze on residential properties owned by the Indian authorities in central Paris, in what’s seen as a setback for the Centre in its tax dispute with London-listed Cairn Energy Plc.
Tribunal judiciaire de Paris’s ruling based mostly on Cairn Vitality’s utility will impression some 20 properties, valued at greater than 20 million euros (Rs 177 crore), as a part of a assure of the debt owed to the British firm that exited India just a few years in the past. Among the properties are within the 16th Arrondissement of Paris, which is likely one of the wealthiest areas within the metropolis.
“That is the required preparatory step to taking possession of the properties and ensures that the proceeds of any gross sales can be as a consequence of Cairn,” mentioned a supply conversant in the proceedings.

The motion in France is a part of Cairn’s enforcement technique of pushing the federal government to withdraw its enchantment in opposition to a global tribunal’s award within the retrospective taxation case. The arbitration tribunal had held that the federal government had violated provisions of an funding treaty in in search of capital positive aspects tax from the British firm.
The corporate — which has lower than 200 staff and a market capitalisation of £755 million (beneath Rs 7,800 crore) — has filed circumstances in a number of nations to pursue the unpaid worldwide arbitration award of $1.7 billion (Rs 12,750 crore).
The arbitration award has additionally been registered in different jurisdictions, together with the US, the UK, Canada, Singapore, Mauritius, France and the Netherlands as the corporate intends to give attention to high-value belongings.
It had filed circumstances within the Southern District of New York, in search of judicial affirmation that Air India may be classed because the alter ego of the Indian state and thereby collectively accountable for the arbitral award.
“Our robust choice stays an agreed, amicable settlement with the Government of India to attract this matter to a detailed, and to that finish we have now submitted an in depth sequence of proposals to them since February this 12 months. Nonetheless, within the absence of such a settlement, Cairn should take all crucial authorized actions to guard the pursuits of its worldwide shareholders,” mentioned an organization spokesperson.
The case is linked to the retrospective amendments to the legislation, permitting the federal government to levy capital positive aspects tax on the market or switch of belongings positioned in India, a transfer that was piloted by Pranab Mukherjee after the federal government misplaced a case within the Supreme Court.
The Modi authorities has caught to the stand and has now challenged the award arguing that bilateral funding treaties can’t override the legislature’s powers.

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