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Oct 18, 2011 at 04:31pm IST

F1: SC notice to UP Govt, Jaypee on tax exemption

New Delhi: India's Formula One ambition has hit its first hurdle just two weeks ahead of the first Indian Grand Prix.

The Supreme Court sought explanation from the Uttar Pradesh government for granting tax exemption to Jaypee group, the company organising Formula 1 event in Greater Noida.

A bench headed by Justice D K Jain also issued notice to Jaypee Group, organiser of the sporting event, and asked them to file their response by Friday on why the event was given exemption from entertainment tax.

The notices were issued by the apex court on the basis of a public interest litigation (PIL) which challenged the exemption of entertainment and luxury tax for organising the F1 event.

The court passed the order on a PIL challenging the state government decision to grant tax exemption to the event.

India's first Formula 1 event is scheduled to be held in Greater Noida, adjacent to the national capital, on October 30.

The Uttar Pradesh government and the Jaypee group have been asked to file their replies by Friday.

(With additional inputs from PTI)