India’s Supreme Court dismissed a conflict-of-interest petition against its order that Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) doesn’t have to pay taxes on its purchase of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (13)’s India operations.
The petition, filed by lawyer M.L. Sharma, said Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia had a conflict of interest in the case as his son was working as a chartered accountant at a firm which advised Vodafone when it acquired Hutchison’s unit. Sharma’s application sought the court to declare the judgment, made by a panel headed by Kapapdia on Jan. 20, as void.
The petition had “irresponsible allegations” against Kapadia, a two-judge panel headed by judge Aftab Alam said in the order, asking the complainant to pay 50,000 rupees as cost of case.
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