As it sought more time to respond to the demands by the Income Tax department, the belaguered Kingfisher Airlines on January 22 told the Supreme Court that it was in negotiations with the investors for the revival of its grounded fleet, senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for the airline, told a bench of justice DK Jain and justice Madan B Lokur. The airline sought four weeks' time.
As Salve pressed for the stay of December 5, 2012, interim order of the Karnataka High Court asking the airlines to deposit the 50 per cent of tax amount and furnish a bank guarantee, Justice Jain said that the court will provide the airline some interim protection, provided that Kingfisher will deposit the principal (tax demand) in such and such time.
For this Salve said that he can't make such an irresponsible statement and added that some serious negotiations were going on with the investors and if they fructify, then payments would be made.
He told the court that Kingfisher Airlines had to pay Rs 370 crore and it has already paid Rs135 crore. The total amount that the tax department has asked the Kingfisher Airlines to pay towards its alleged outstanding tax liabilities pertaining to assessment year 2010-11 to assessment year 2012-13 is Rs.264,55,78,484.