New Delhi: The Supreme Court stayed an order seeking Rs25.6 crore in taxes from Bharti Airtel Ltd for the transmission of data and voice.
The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan said on Thursday that the Karnataka high court order was stayed until 2 March, the next date for the hearing.
The lower court had upheld a Karnataka government order asking Bharti to pay the amount, saying that the transmission of data and voice from one point to another amounted to the sale of goods, not services.
Bharti in its petition challenged the premise that light energy amounted to goods.
The company also contested the view that the transfer of the right to use its network to subscribers amounted to a transaction involving artificially created light energy that was liable to value-added tax.