BCCI service tax plea on matches rejected

BCCI service tax plea on matches rejected

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against imposition of service tax for recording matches and selling the feed to sports channels.

A bench of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice A K Sikri dismissed the petition filed by the cricket board against a tribunal order directing it to pay around Rs 18 crore as service tax.

“The BCCI is a service provider. Whatever you (BCCI) did is covered under the service tax. You (BCCI) fix cameras at all the places inside the stadium during the match and millions view them,” the bench said, while dismissing the appeal.

The BCCI had moved the apex court against the decision, passed on August 26, by the Mumbai branch of the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) asking it to pay around Rs 18 crore as service tax for producing and selling live feeds of matches to sports channels, authorised by it, from 2006 to 2010.

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