New Delhi : The tax department has slapped a fresh notice on UK’s Cairn Energy Plc seeking to take over the firm’s residual 9.8 per cent stake in its erstwhile Indian subsidiary to recover Rs 10,395 crore retrospective tax demand.

 The tax department had in an unprecedented move had last month appropriated Rs 1,500 crore of tax refund due to Cairn Energy and another Rs 666 crore of dividend income due to it for three years from its erstwhile subsidiary Cairn India (now Vedanta Ltd) to recover the Rs 10,247 crore of tax plus interest.  It has again written to Cairn Energy on June 26 asking it to repay the balance tax due, failing which it will take over its 9.8 per cent shareholding in Cairn India, a source said requesting not to be named as the information is not yet public, reports PTI.

 In the notice, the Income Tax Department gave the British firm 15 days to repay or face attachment of shares. The department moved to recover the tax after Cairn Energy lost an appeal against the retrospective tax demand in tax tribunal ITAT.

 It on March 31 issued a notice seeking Rs 10,247 crore tax by June 15. As the company failed to pay, it went ahead to take over the refund and dividend income.

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