Cabinet okays conciliation with Vodafone

 The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the start of a conciliation process with Vodafone Group Plc, a government minister said, in a dispute over more than $2 billion in taxes stemming from its 2007 acquisition of mobile phone assets in India. 

Last year, the country's Supreme Court ruled in Vodafone's favour, saying that the UK telecoms carrier was not liable to pay any tax over the acquisition.

But the government later in the year changed the rules to enable it to make retroactive tax claims on already-concluded deals, drawing criticism from global business groups.

Vodafone and Indian authorities have been in talks for months over the tax dispute,and Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said he is confident of a resolution.

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