October 25, 2013 / 7:21 AM / 4 years ago

India race goes ahead after hearing delay

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - This weekend’s Formula One Indian Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled after the country’s top court deferred hearing a case seeking its cancellation over tax issues until next Friday.

Lotus F1 Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland drives during the first practice session of the Indian F1 Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

The Supreme Court decided to hear the case after campaigner Amit Kumar accused race promoters Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) of not paying entertainment taxes in full for the 2012 event and demanded the cancellation of Sunday’s race.

“The case will come up for hearing on Friday,” Kumar’s lawyer Sanjiv Sen told Reuters.

Kumar had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in 2011 arguing Formula One was not a sport but entertainment and should not be exempted from entertainment taxes.

JPSI spokesman Askari Zaidi dismissed Kumar’s claims, saying the promoters had deposited the money they were asked to pay.

The Indian Grand Prix has been dropped from next year’s calendar but the promoters are optimistic of a return in 2015.

Writing by Amlan Chakraborty; Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty; Editing by John O'Brien

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