Taking motion to entry $1.2-bn arbitration award in opposition to India, says Cairn Power


New Delhi, May 11

UK’s Cairn Energy Plc on Tuesday said it is taking all necessary actions to access the $1.7 billion it was awarded by an international arbitration tribunal after overturning a retroactive tax demand slapped by the Indian government.

The firm invested in the oil and gas sector in India in 1994 and a decade later it made a huge oil discovery in Rajasthan. In 2006, it listed its Indian assets on the BSE. Five years after that the government passed retroactive tax law and billed Cairn Rs 10,247 crore plus interest and penalty for the reorganisation tied to the flotation.

The state then expropriated and liquidated Cairn’s remaining shares in the Indian entity, seized dividends and withheld tax refunds to recover a part of the demand. — PTI

The case file

  • In 2006, Cairn listed its Indian assets on the BSE. In 2011, the government passed retroactive tax law and billed Cairn Rs10,247 cr plus interest and penalty for the reorganisation
  • Cairn challenged it before an arbitration tribunal in The Hague, which in December awarded it $1.2 billion plus costs and interest, which totals $1.725 billion



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