Kalanithi Maran responds to court summons on SpiceJet tax evasion case

NEW DELHI: In response to summons issued by a Delhi court in cases of tax evasion related to SpiceJet, of which Sun Group chairman Kalanithi Maran is non-executive chairman, the media owner embroiled in several controversies, has said that him and his company are not “tax dodgers.”


Denying that any company in the Sun Group is in arrears in payment of taxes, Maran said that “there have been several occasions when tax authorities have awarded trophies and honoured Sun TV Network with citations for exemplary compliance and for topping the region in terms of highest tax payments.”


“The companies of the Sun Group collectively and me in my personal capacity pay more than Rs 600 crore as taxes annually to the national exchequer,” he added.


Referring to the media reports regarding SpiceJet, Maran said, “I am confident that the Honorable Courts will render justice to us.”


“Given that the Sun group companies and I have been the topic of several malicious and misleading stories fed to the print media by certain people, it appears that this action too may have been motivated by ulterior motives to tarnish the image and reputation of the Sun Group and me,” he added. 

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