The Delhi high court on Thursday asked the state government not to withhold the ‘no objection certificate (NOC)’ for the upcoming India-South Africa Test match, saying that the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has agreed to deposit Rs one crore in connection with the administration’s extertainment tax demand.
A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva also directed the AAP government not to take any coercive measures against DDCA in connection with Rs 24-crore entertainment tax demand raised on the cricketing body by the administration’s Excise, Entertainment and Luxury Tax department.
The court asked DDCA to deposit Rs one crore in two instalments of Rs 50 lakh each with the department whose clearance is also required to host the India-South Africa Test match at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium from December 3 to December 7.
The first instalment is to be paid within two weeks from Thursday and the remaining in two weeks thereafter, the bench said.
“No coercive steps will be taken till further orders,” it said and listed the matter for further hearing on November 27.
DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan said the state association is ready to put up a good show at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
“We are thankful to the judiciary for taking a positive step for the cricket lovers of the capital. We will now put all our energies towards hosting a successful game,” a jubilant Chauhan told.
“We have already started the work of the match. On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank everybody who worked hard to make this happen and we will organise a good game,” the former India cricketer said.
The order came on DDCA’s plea challenging a recent Delhi government decision to slap a demand of Rs 24.45 crore as entertainment tax dues on the association. It also claimed that the government was trying to reassess its entertainment tax dues for the period from 2003 till 2005.