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|HC dismisses appeal against Sachin's Ferrari|
Sunday, March 28 2004 14:48 Hrs (IST)
A Bench of Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice B D Ahmed dismissed the petition, which arose with the High Court taking suo-motu cognisance of media reports in this regard, after Centre's counsel submitted that the Apex Court had dismissed similar petitions on the ground that the carmaker Fiat India Private Ltd had paid the duty of about Rs 82 lakhs.
Justice Vikarmjit Sen of Delhi High Court, had on August 13 last, issued notices to Tendulkar and Centre asking them to show cause why the import duty was waived for the car, terming it a "profligacy" at a time when the Sports Ministry was refusing to increase the number of Arjuna Awards owing to lack of funds.
The High Court had also issued notices to the Union Ministries of Finance and Sports over the matter. However, on March 15, 2004, the Supreme Court dismissed a PIL on the matter after the Attorney General informed it that the duty was paid by Fiat on behalf of Tendulkar for the racing car, which cost approximately Rs one crore.
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